Your body is your armor.
If we trace the history of fashion’s current fascination for breastplates, one will learn that it actually has been around for centuries. A staple in the military, the combat-ready ancient armor protected the wearer from any type of injury. The breastplate became a symbol of strength. A celebration of the female form and human anatomy, it didn’t take long until it made its way into contemporary fashion.
First seen on the runways of Yves Saint Laurent in 1969 when he collaborated with sculptor Claude Lalanne, the breastplate became high art and was only worn by the best. In the 80s, Japanese designer Issey Miyake went on to create his own in a molded, futuristic rendition, famously worn by Grace Jones. Provocative couturiers like Thierry Mugler and Alexander McQueen also took the female dimensions in the most extreme sense, often inspired by mechanisms and nature.
Decades later, we find modern icons like Zendaya and Kim Kardashian wearing the armor on the red carpet, on the glossy pages of magazines. Of course in the local scene, we also have the likes of Nadine Lustre and Nicole Cordoves wear it and left all of us speechless. Read on below to see more of our favorite females who wore the breastplate.
1. NADINE LUSTRE
Back in June when she was promoting her concert, Absolute Madness, Nadine Lustre wore a golden breastplate by Filipino designer Job Dacon. Lensed by BJ Pascual, the shoot also referenced paintings by Salvador Dali. Nadine has also worn different renditions of the armor twice, one in her music video, and in her year-end performance by designer Vilrique.
2. NICOLE CORDOVES
During the Bb. Pilipinas 2021 coronation night, Miss Grand International 2016 1st-Runner Up Nicole Cordoves left us in awe when she wore a purple breastplate as she hosted the event. It was molded onto her body by artist Studio Haring in collaboration with designer Just Bonita.
3. SUE RAMIREZ
Sue Ramirez made her mermaid dreams come true when she wore a blue breastplate that matched her purple wig. Like a siren in the flesh.
4. SAMANTHA BERNARDO
Is it just us or did Miss Grand International 2013 1st Runner-Up Samantha Bernardo turn up the heat in a flaming breastplate?
5. STEFFI ABERASTURI
Miss Universe Philippines 2021 2nd Runner-Up looked every bit like a golden goddess when she posted this photo a few days before the coronation night in September last year.
6. ISSA PRESSMAN
For the music video of her single Monkey Business, Issa Pressman wore a white breastplate paired with baggy pants for a more contemporary take.
7. MJ LASTIMOSA
Of course, how can we ever forget how Miss Universe Philippines 2014 MJ Lastimosa cracked us up with her funny tweets during the Miss U coronation night last year wearing art and looking the most?
8. MAJOY BARON
Fit for a warrior queen, volleyball star Majoy Baron wears a silver breastplate on her recent cover shoot for MEGA Active.