When the handlers and the three female models who walked as Philippine representatives to the Asia Model Festival 2017 in Korea went to the atelier of Designer Kim Gan to do fittings for pull out, they asked the latter for traditional Filipino attires.
To that request, Kim very clearly informed them that she does not stock up on Filipiniana (or even Maria Clara) gowns (as it is not what she usually creates) and instead, commits only to custom-made orders from her clients if so requested. Still, the handlers pulled out three numbers – hoping perhaps that the red, white and blue combo would suffice for the requirements of the Korean organizers.
courtesy of Asia Model Festival
And that is where all the confusions and online bashings started from. Kim Gan was unceremoniously sent to the firing line and was blamed for the traditional show fiasco.
Who is at fault in all of this? The handlers, who should have approached another Designer who can provide the more appropriate traditional attires, but who allegedly did not know the need for the same?
Kim Gan talked to your blogger on the matter and is alarmed that people are pointing fingers at her. She expressedly informed the handlers that her creations are never intended to be showcased as Filipino traditional wear. Why is she now getting bashed for their decision to have the three models wear the red, white and blue outfits (photo below) and have them passed off as such? They know for a fact that people will react negatively.
My blog is open to get the side of the ones who made the three models wear the Kim Gan creations despite knowing of the actual circumstances.