From 1947 to 1990, Salvacion Lim Higgins – better known by the acronym of her name, Slim - challenged the parameters of Philippine fashion, giving it some of its earliest, and often boldest strokes. Yet perhaps her true legacy lies not in her own work but in that of succeeding generations of designers trained at the Slim’s Fashion & Arts School, which she established in 1960. The school, approaching its 50th anniversary, has seen tens of thousands of students pass through its doors to date, many having gone on to make their own indelible marks.
In keeping with her vision to nurture young talent, the Slim’s Legacy Project set out to document a body of work that spanned over four decades. A retrospective exhibition at the National Museum of the Filipino People would enable three-dimensional examination of her works, whereas the publishing of a book would provide a lasting resource for design professionals. While this endeavor showcases one example of Filipino artistry, its ultimate intent is to rouse and encourage those who will shape the future of our creative industries.
SLIM: Salvacion Lim Higgins
Philippine Haute Couture 1947-1990
· 48 original gowns spanning four decades
· Archival magazines, sketches and press articles from the 1940’s to the 1990s
· Vintage embroidery studies & designs
· Recently restored fashion show footage from 1950s to 1990
· Sketches from some of Slim’s Fashion & Arts School’s alumni, including Joe Salazar, Oskar Peralta, Cesar Gaupo, Aries Lagat and Joey Samson
November 25, 2009 to March 31, 2010
East Wing, 4th Floor
Museum of the Filipino People
National Museum of the Philippines
Teodora-Valencia Circle, Rizal Park, Manila
10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (exhibits open daily except Mondays and Tuesdays)
Adults - P100 each
Students - P30 each upon presentation of ID
(For students enrolled in Philippine Schools only)
Every Sunday (Walk-ins only; no group tours)
For information on groups, tours or discounts, please call 527-0278 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SLIM also launched a book, An in-depth documentation of Slim’s body of work, a coffee table book published in November 2009 reflects the progressive disposition in which the work was originally envisioned, communicating with new and future generations.
Curated by Mark Lewis Higgins, Slim’s work is presented through signature archetypes. Over 60 new photos by Neal Oshima and more than 70 vintage photos and archival sketches from 1947-1990. Editorial Direction by Thelma San Juan, respected advocate of Philippine fashion and text by Lizza Guerrero Nakpil offers biographical insight into the designer, and into the country's most glamorous era
The book will be substantial resource for design professionals and fashion historians.
Inside fly leaf pages features "a wall of names"...hundreds of names of design students who have studied at Slim's Fashion & Arts School over nearly fifty decades...among them some of the industry's finest professionals.
Available in hardbound and softbound editions at:
Photos from the Opening Gala event, to follow soon.