Monday, August 27, 2012

Hollywood in Terno

Imelda Marcos at 80 years old

      Imelda Marcos is the Terno. She owned it when she was the First Lady of the Philippines, wearing it to official functions both in and outside the country. Even at 80 years old, she still nailed the Terno.

      The Terno, which literally means "matching or to match" in Tagalog, is a gown with butterfly sleeves and is known as much as Imelda's iconic outfit as the traditional Filipiniana formal wear.

      While it is common to see the use of the Terno by Filipinas in formal government functions and other Filipiniana-themed events, it is uncommon to see the Terno worn by foreigners even as interpreted modernly by both international and local designers.

      I was doing some scouring of the internet for Terno design inspirations and I came across the following pictures of Hollywood celebrities donning dresses that looks like a modern interpretation of the Terno.

Gwyneth Paltrow in Valentino
Miley Cyrus in a Premiere Night
Kelly Osbourne at the 2012 Golden Globes
       While the Terno is far from becoming a fashion trend, it is nice seeing it in the Hollywood red carpet.


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