BLOG: Designer goes global with his dazzling Filipiniana creations

I had a pleasant chat with a local designer from  my home province  Laguna whose  ingenuity and  craftsmanship has stun  the world’s centrestage in embroidery  fashion. 
Andrew Badiola   has dressed  many people from all walks of life– from the beaming debutante to the stunning bride– to political figures and  TV personalities. Or  the  sweet  little birthday princess  or sagala.
Many of   his filipiniana gowns  and terno,   barong tagalog. wedding  and other  dresses have been seen  in  formal events and glittery social functions in Manila and other parts of the Philippines and even abroad.

I was browsing for some inspiration for a Filipiniana dress on the internet when I came across  those embroidered  dresses authentically made from my home province Laguna.  And  this  connected me to this  long lost friend from high school.

Andrew  grew up seeing his mother’s  artistry.  His mother  Irene Badiola is the brain behind  Barong de Calado.
Just going over  photos  of  their  embroideries, I was so hooked– specially with the wedding dresses they made.  Beads, lace,   threads and other decorations  meticulously  handcrafted  together to come up with a beautiful  creation.  Various  designs  and styles.  Vintage and contemporary.  Simple to the grandest.  Each gown created uniquely for each bride.
Barong de Calado has joined in national and international  exhibits and  has gained recognition and admiration for its quality and craftsmanship.
Shop is located in Ermita, Manila but  main  show room and embroidery shop   is located in the town of Lumban town, province of  Laguna.  Lumban  is known  to be home of finest jusi and pinya embroideries.




Barong de Calado @ the Biggest Wedding Fair in Asia of Themes & Motifs in 2014,


Barong de Calados’ bridal gown and groom’s tuxedo made it in the cover of Inspirations Magazine (Photo credit: Barong de Calado)


Phil movie and TV actress Maja Salvador in a custom nude handpainted offshoulders modern beaded jusi filipiniana dress from for the #imdrunkiloveyou movie (Photo credit: Maja Salvador)




Aside from  barong for men and women  and for  the whole wedding entourage’s  dresses,    Barong de  Calado  is  also known for  dresses for proms,  graduation, debut and other formal  events.


For  those wanting to have a glimpse of Andrew and mom Irene’s  creations, please check:


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