The word "Terno" comes from the Spanish word meaning "to match". Right...more than 300 years of Spanish colonization does not make all Filipinos native Spanish speakers (i.e. I'm still having language issues here in Madrid). Well back to the Terno..it basically evolved from the Filipino's Baro't Saya (meaning blouse and skirt). The Terno is made of a bodice and a long skirt of matching fabric. The most distinct characteristic of the Terno is the sleeve construction. The sleeves are upright, flat against the shoulders like clipped butterfly wings. The Terno was globally popularized in the 60's and early 80's when the Marcoses back then reigned
Here is my version of the Terno. I finished everything in about 5 weeks.
The hardest thing to do is to sew the sleeves by hand. There is a stiff mesh inside the sleeves which you have to shape and fold to make the armhole. My hands suffered a major beating attaching the sleeves, beading and creating the cabbage roses...but it was worth it :)
The photos were taken in Cebu, Fort San Pedro. I was lucky to have such a wonderful, will-work-for-clothes model (ahem..Xy)..hehe and really talented photogs (Fruh, Yan and Mark).