Changing the Game of Fashion: The iACADEMY Grad Show at Manila Fashion Fest 2016

Changing the Game of Fashion: The iACADEMY Grad Show at Manila Fashion Fest 2016

'Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.' - Coco Chanel

On April 12, 2016, our BA Fashion Design and Technology students unveiled their capsule collections in one of the biggest fashion events of the year, Manila Fashion Festival 2016, which was held at the Marquee in EDSA Shangri-la Hotel.

The show was as captivating as it was diverse, with the young designers drawing inspiration from a variety of things such as Philippine architecture, the busy city streets, Filipinianas from the 1800s and even the concept of unrequited love. Each collection was a clear expression of the designer's unique voice and design aesthetic, and iACADEMY is incredibly proud of all eight graduating students who are sure to become Game Changers in the fashion industry someday.

Read on to learn more about the talented designers behind the iACADEMY Grad Show at MFF 2016: 



“I wanted to showcase the things that are visible around us everyday [like road signs and traffic signs], but are typically ignored and go unnoticed. I took inspiration from street artists who use graffiti or words to make a statement; things you wouldn’t normally imagine in clothing or fashion.”


ARIANA BAGTAS - Unidentified

“I wanted to create genderless clothing inspired by the Filipinianas and Barong Tagalogs from the 1800s to the 1900s. It’s kind of like my take on the modern barong.”

On the fashion industry:

“It’s always been my dream to work for the fashion industry. It’s about more than just the clothes or the glitz and glam for me.”


APPLE AQUINO - Le Cerveau (The Brain) 

“I believe that good design should always be backed up by sound logic. While I was doing charity work in an orphanage for children with cerebral palsy, I realised that the human brain can affect and change a life in a snap. That’s where I took inspiration for my collection, which features garments that can be easily transformed.”

On taking up fashion:

“I always wanted to take up Fine Arts in college, but when I saw that iACADEMY was a partner of Project Runway, I decided to give fashion a shot. I was fortunate enough to get a scholarship and now, after 4 years of studying in iACADEMY, I’ve come to realise that fashion has a lot to offer. It’s not just design; you also learn about business and marketing. This school really transformed me into a multimedia artist of fashion design.”



“My collection is all about being heard. I saw a video online that showed two football players being interviewed for their Eagle Buddies campaign, which is basically an anti-bullying squad that helps cheer up little kids who are being bullied in school. I was inspired by their story and decided to fuse American football with urban fashion.”

From engineering to fashion:

“Believe it or not, I was actually an engineering student before. This whole fashion thing was unplanned, but I’m glad I decided to enroll in fashion in iACADEMY.”


ABBY GOTICO - Brave, Bold, Blush

“I want to change the way people perceive the color pink. Usually only colors like black, red or gray are seen as strong or masculine, while pink is perceived to be the weakest color. I want to change that by making the strongest women wear it. For my next collection, I’d like to work with the color pink again, but use it in menswear.”



“My collection was inspired by the serenity and stillness of the beach. If I were to create another collection, I would take inspiration from the 7 Wonders of the World because I’ve always loved traveling and I would incorporate the architectural details of some of the structures into my design.”



“Kupas means faded or old. I was inspired by the Philippine architecture during the Spanish era and wanted to translate that kind of design into my clothes, but in a modern or contemporary way.”


ANNE SELNER - Warrior Woman

 “The concept for my collection came from the idea of survival amidst unrequited love. You can say that I took a post-apocalyptic approach to fashion with my design. I’m really inspired by designers like Vivienne Westwood, Versace, Gareth Pugh.”


iACADEMY is accepting applicants for the Senior High School Fashion Design program and transferees for BA Fashion Design and Technology

Learn more about our Fashion Design programs for Senior High School and College. E-mail us at or call (02) 889-7777 to inquire about enrolling today.




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