‘PilgrimAge’: Joey Samson’s journey to nostalgia

Tedrick Yau
‘PilgrimAge’: Joey Samson’s journey to nostalgia
Joey Samson is this year's featured designer at the annual Red Charity Gala

MANILA, Philippines – The annual Red Charity Gala is the country’s most anticipated celebration of fashion for a cause. Already on its 9th year, past galas have showcased the collections of esteemed Filipino designers such as Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, Lesley Mobo, and Chito Vijandre.

Passionately chaired by Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga, the annual gathering tirelessly raises funds for the Philippine Red Cross and the Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation.

Known for his creative ingenuity, androgynous aesthetic, and gender fluid creations, Joey Samson is this year’s chosen designer.


The theme PilgrimAge pertains to a journey – a religious devotion and voyage – to a sacred place. Samson depicts this as one man’s journey to nostalgia, recaptured through images, moods, or symbolisms represented by garments that evoke sentiments and souvenirs. Melding old style glamour with hints of the romantic and feminine forms, the collection harmonizes extravagant detailing with traditional silhouettes, creating looks that are timeless yet contemporary. 

FEMININE. Rich hues of blue on mixed fabrics and textures. Photo courtesy of Joey Samson/ Red Charity Gala

MODERN MAKE. Joey Samson fine linen toile fabric accentuated by a pleated shirtdress. Photo courtesy of Joey Samson/ Red Charity Gala


“This collection will be a balancing act,” Joey says. “It will run the gamut from tradition to something a bit outre, remixing looks and reshuffling garment elements.” Further, he says,  “I want the clothes to be a revival of old wardrobe favorites, as if relics of a long passage, at the same time, something with a sense of familiarity with a contemporary feel transitioning from conventional, street to ceremonial”. – Rappler.com


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