Losing someone I know and use to interact with is one of the most painful feelings I’ve ever been through. Just recently, another friend of mine has passed away. That’s two within the month.
The sadness of what just happened has made me realize that the theme my friend and I have chosen for our line in PUC’s Fashion Show 2015 was no accident. The theme, Stages of Grief, which was inspired by Camp Kesem and my personal heartbreak -enabled me and my co-designer to remind everyone that there’s hope amidst the pain.
Grief…a keen mental suffering or distress over affliction or loss; sharp sorrow; painful regret. It comes without warning. We have all experienced it. Whether we’ve come from broken homes…lost someone we love, or had broken hearts. We portrayed the emotions that are felt in these stages using unwanted materials. Each outfit was up-cycled from scratch, using old table cloths, curtains, bedsheets, or rugs to show you that something beautiful can come out of the unwanted. We have depicted the stages: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance. However, we added a stage: Triumph. Because, everyone experiences difficulties, but what defines us is how we face them. Although the challenges we encounter make us stumble and fall – we can rise up triumphantly.
For those who are experiencing the grief of losing someone close, I dedicate this fashion line to you.