Rajo Laurel denies copying cobweb dress that got him WWD cover
Designer Rajo Laurel addressed "the issue regarding my cobweb dress that recently graced the cover of Women's Wear Daily" in his Stylebible.ph blog in a post dated February 12. Fashion industry speculate that "the issue" refers to Cebu-based designer Arcy Gayatin's February 10 Facebook post: a photo of "My 6-year-old cobweb collection," which elicited numerous provocative comments from fellow fashion designers.
Laurel wrote, "For those who are not familiar with the 'cobweb' or, to be technical about it,'shredding' technique, this has been in existence for as long as creators of fashion have been playing, experimenting, and manipulating fabric. I remember this technique being used back in the '80s, when deconstruction was all the rage." Laurel included photos and links showing the technique manifested in creations by designers like Yohji Yamamoto, Julien Macdonald, Max Azria, Gareth Pugh and Rodarte through the years.
He added, "I hope and pray that the members of our Philippine fashion industry would just all get along. We should concentrate on supporting each other and being happy for each others' success."