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ArteFino 2018: Gabbie Sarenas Tells The Story Of The Philippines' Rich Culture Through Her New Line Of Piña Bibs

Gabbie Sarenas wearing her creation of a piña bib


Fashion is not just about designing or creating clothes; it can also be a tool for sending a message and even inspiring changes in a society. Fashion can also speak volumes about the personality of the designer or the wearer. Fashion can tell a story—and that is exactly what fashion designer Gabbie Sarenas has been doing with her eponymous brand; she's been igniting and reigniting Filipinos' love for our own culture and local clothing through bespoke custom and made-to-order womenswear and bridalwear for a modern-day muse whom she dubs as the #GabbieSarenasBinibini.



After graduating from SoFA Design Institute (formerly School of Fashion & the Arts) with a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design & Marketing Management, Gabbie went on to hone her technical skills in fashion by attending a summer course at L’Ecolé de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne in Paris, France, where she took up Moulage Débutants (Draping for Beginners) and Moulage Avancé (Draping Advanced Level).

"It started back then when I was studying in Paris," Gabbie Sarenas tells Metro.Style, recalling that moment that made her think of the direction she would want to take as a fashion designer. "I was studying traditional drapery. So from there, I was having a hard time, and my professor asked me, 'Where are you from?' And I replied, 'From the Philippines.' So he asked like, he told me, 'Why don't you do something that is yours, like your traditional work?'"



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Like a wakeup call of sorts, Gabbie realized the rich culture and heritage that were waiting for her back in Manila. So, as soon as she returned to the country, she got down to business and started the groundwork for what would become a sought-after brand that preserves and promotes local craftsmanship.  

"This is how fashion capitals of the world are known; it's because they're promoting something that is uniquely theirs," says Gabbie. It makes perfect sense—why bother to source inspiration or materials from different parts of the world, when our country alone provides a wealth of traditional and cultural elements that may be tweaked to have a contemporary feel?!




A proudly Pinoy fashion brand, Gabbie Sarenas is a perfect fit for the much sought out craft fair ArteFino, because they share the same goal of supporting local entrepreneurship and showcasing artisanal art. For the upcoming ArteFino fair on August 30 to September 2 in 8 Rockwell, Gabbie will be selling a stunning collection of piña bibs. 

Unique, delicate, sophisticated, and romantic, these piña bibs by Gabbie Sarenas were created with careful attention to detail. From afar, they're exquisite designs that can make the wearer beautifully stand out, but look closely, and you'll see that the Filipino artisanship is reflected and celebrated with every embroidery detail.   



TRAVEL NOTES No. 3: Bobbin lace made by #WUTHLE #GabbieSarenas #ArteFino

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Gabbie speaks to different types of women through her clothes, and her goal for creating clothes is to make her clients feel beautiful. When people patronize her products, it becomes a source of inspiration and motivation for Gabbie to keep championing her passion for this kind of fashion.   

"We're basically full of culture that is waiting to be told in a different way. Maybe my way is very romantic. It's just my way of doing what I love and then if it makes an impact, then I'm happy but the thing that you realize, the way that you interact with different types of people, in a way, it's not just them being empowered, it's also you being empowered," Gabbie shares. 




Video by Marie Francia, Marnie Giron, and Berwin Coroza 

Video editing by Berwin Coroza

Photos from @metrosocietyph