Here’s a glimpse into the August Issue of the Philippines’ Best Fashion Magazine as it showcases the vibrant history of the country’s fashion industry.
For years, Filipino brands and designers have made their mark in the fashion industry. From redefining traditional garments to producing internationally-acclaimed homegrown brands, these talents have elevated the local fashion scene. MEGA’s August 2022 issue pays tribute to the country’s rich retail landscape encompassing both international and homegrown fashion labels and the top designers behind the scenes. Leading the long line of incredible Filipino talents is National Artist for Fashion Design, Salvacion Lim Higgins, more popularly known as “Slim”. Paying tribute to the country’s rich fashion history, this month’s cover star, Maja Salavdor is seen wearing one of Slim’s illustrious designs serving as the epitome of a modern Filipina.
Behind the Creative Visionary
An innovator in couture and a pioneer in fashion design in the country, Salvacion Lim Higgins has inspired and shaped the careers of generations of Filipino designers. Garnering acclaim for elevating the traditional terno into haute couture, she is only the second fashion designer who has been conferred National Artist for Fashion Design. Ahead of her time in modernizing the Filipiniana, she allowed traditional dresses, inspired by the country’s rich culture, to be wearable for the everyday woman. Along with this, Slim is the only Filipino designer whose works have been showcased by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and the Smithsonian Institution, the largest museum complex in Washington, D.C. During her time, Slim was regarded for her progressive approach to design along with her timeless creations.
To this day, her legacy continues through Slim’s Fashion and Arts School, the most prestigious fashion and dressmaking school in the country, producing and mentoring a new generation of Filipino talents.
August Cover Star
Donning the vintage looks from the archives of Slim, Maja Salvador is featured on this month’s cover as the actress leads by example showing other women what it means to go beyond expectations. Being the recipient of numerous acting awards, Salvador, now 34, is stepping out of her comfort zone as she takes on a bigger role both in front of the camera and behind the scenes. Venturing into talent management as the founder of her own agency, The Crown Artist Management, Salvador is slowly easing into her new world. According to the actress, she has always looked out for the well-being of others including her castmates and close friends which is why her new role feels right. For Salvador, there is a feeling of accomplishment as a woman to be in a position of power. “Siguro ang maganda kasi sa nangyayari sa atin ngayon, very open na: ang kababaihan tanggap na ng lahat na nagtatrabaho, and the voices of women are being heard. I’m very happy na napunta ako sa ganitong generation,” she adds.