Bagong Anyo, staged twice at the Cultural Center of the Philippines in 1972 and 1974 (command performance in honor of the participants to the Miss Universe pageant), was billed as a showcase of Philippine art and culture in the realm of costume design.
It was a grand presentation only the First Lady, Imelda Romualdez-Marcos, could pull off.
The Bagong Anyo souvenir program said it all. It read:
This cultural presentation is a completely Filipino endeavor which aims to inspire pride and appreciation for everything Philippine made — from textiles manufactured by 26 of the country’s millers to shoes, gloves, hats and other accessories crafted by Filipino artisans.
More importantly, the creative genius of Filipino dress designers is reflected in the ingenious manner in which Philippine indigenous designs and influences from the costumes of our cultural minority groups have been incorporated in the entire collection of dresses, gowns and ternos.
Bagong Anyo provides an insight into the lifestyle of the Filipino people from its early history to contemporary times.
On this page are the creations of many of the country’s top designers. — RKC