Slim blurred the divide between the conventional and the contemporary.
Casting off literal interpretations of Filipino and Western fashion, her work helped define modern Philippine couture with three characteristic elements. The first was inventive, often audacious, construction. Her trademark draping accented the female form, yet she also often altered it, through whimsical or geometric shapes.
Her second signature was a startling palette that was completely out of the ordinary, whether utilized as a single, dramatic shade or in previously unimaginable combinations.
Finally, there was Slim’s ability to think in three dimensions, whether she was devising the silhouette or lines of a gown, or engaged in the smallest detail of ornamentation.
Slim was born on January 28, 1920 in Legazpi, Albay. She passed away on September 15, 1990, days after designing her last creations.