FASHION | SLIM (Salvacíon Lim Higgins) :: Philippine Haute Couture

Salvacíon Lim (“Slim”) Higgins | 28 January 1920 – 15 September 1990

HIGHLIGHTS OF A CAREER IN HAUTE COUTURE:

1920

Born to Luis Samson Lim Katiam and Margarita Lim, née Margarita Navera Diaz, in Legazpi, Albay. 28th of January.

1947

First sketches appear in the Manila Times Sunday Magazine, anonymously signed “Slim.”

Opens first shop on Pennsylvania Street, Malate then at No. 817 and later, No. 1825 Taft Avenue.

1950 – 52

Travels to Europe and subsequently, New York to study.

1956

Presents two of her most iconic works — the asymmetrical point terno worn by Edith Nakpil Rabat [the cover image on the book] and the Spanish-inspired pleated wheel-caped-gown worn by Mary Melian at Fashion Impressions show, for the benefit of the Cerebral Palsy Foundation.

1958

Creates gown to be presented as a gift to First Lady Mamie Eisenhower:

1960

Establishes Slim’s Fashion and Arts School on Taft Avenue in October.

1973

Bagong Anyo ’73 group fashion show chaired by First Lady Imelda Marcos, 28th of April.

1987

Presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Filipino Designers Group for her contribution to the industry. 18th of September.

1988

Moves to San Francisco.

1990

Passes away in San Francisco days after designing her last collection, 15th of September.

Posthumously awarded the Hall of Fame Award at the 1990 Manila Fashion Designers Awards, 21st of November.

Slim’s last collection presented that evening.

2009

Launch of book and retrospective exhibition of Slim’s body of work at the National Museum of the Philippines, 24th of November.

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The less seams there are on a couture dress, the less you cut the fabric, the better the design is.

Zippers should be as strategically hidden from view as possible. When Christian Dior was alive, I saw some of his creations up close. You couldn’t even find the zipper!

There must always be a balance between the top and the bottom of the dress. When the skirt is elaborately cut, keep the top fairly simple. Like a great painting or story, you should know how to edit a dress design properly.

– Salvacíon Lim (“Slim”) Higgins

Click the screenshot below to access interviews with Slim’s children, Mark and Sandy Higgins:

more info:

SLIM - Salvacion Lim Higgins

BOOKS: SLIM (SALVACÍON LIM HIGGINS) :: PHILIPPINE HAUTE COUTURE ::: 1947-90

EXHIBTIONS: SLIM (SALVACÍON LIM HIGGINS) :: PHILIPPINE HAUTE COUTURE ::: 1947-90


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