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Journey of the Barong Tagalog, 20th Century Philippines Part 29: Mancio Suarez

Mancio Suarez is a Filipino fashion designer that revisited the turn-of-the-century (1900) look for the Barong Tagalog in the 1980’s. Around 1982, he conceived his retro version of the barong. Suarez used jusi (silk) fabric and the basic barong features of that century, like the loose fit, half open button down design, small cuffs, striped fabric, added fabric panels, minimal front embroidery (pechera), and side vents. Some contemporary touches he added were the small rounded fold down collars, shorter barong length, the use of bow ties and necklaces, and the companion women’s version barong.

Mancio Suarez’ companion women’s version Barong Tagalog from his retro barong line.

Mancio Suarez’ companion women’s version Barong Tagalog from his retro barong line. This barong is made of silk striped fabric. It has a loose fit, a half open button down design, minimal front embroidery, small cuffs, a small rounded fold down collar and side vents.

Mancio Suarez’ men’s version barongs from his retro barong line.

Mancio Suarez’ men’s version barongs from his retro barong line. These barongs are made of jusi (silk) fabric. They are loose fitting. There are what appears to be added lace panels instead of front embroidery, a half open button down design, small cuffs, a small rounded fold down collar and side vents.

Mancio Suarez models his own retro-look Barong Tagalog

Mancio Suarez models his own retro-look Barong Tagalog. It is made of striped jusi fabric. It’s loose- fitting, with a half open button down design. It has minimal embroidery, small cuffs, a small rounded fold down collar and side vents.

All pics are likely from the 1980’s and are from Visitacion R. de la Torre’s 1986 book The Barong Tagalog: The Philippines’ National Wear