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This Vogue Italia Fashion Editorial Was Created by Filipinos

It looks stunning.
This Vogue Italia Fashion Editorial Was Created by Filipinos
IMAGE MJ Suayan for Vogue Italia
It looks stunning.

The recent reboot of major Vogue titles couldn't be any more timely. The changing tides of the politics of fashion is definitely in dire need of something new, with inclusivity and global reach at its heart. Vogue Italia's Sara Maino, known for scouting emerging fashion talents worldwide, is one of the reasons why the magazine is never far behind. She saw promise in Filipino photographer and visual artist MJ Suayan, and gave him a chance to show off his work.

IMAGE MJ Suayan for Vogue Italia

Lyn Galo (cel. no. 0935 651 4806) created a sheer number for the theme Genesis/Birth

"[She] saw some of my work, and she requested for a completed portfolio of my recent ones," MJ tells Preview. Amazed by his work, Sara asked him to produce a special project for their website, Vogue.it. One would expect that a major title like Sara's would've given him a concept to go by, but MJ reveals that wasn't the case. "She gave me all the freedom as an artist," he says.

IMAGE MJ Suayan for Vogue Italia

A structured and romantic dress by Jinggay Serag (cel. no. 0917 888 0554), representing Fall/Darkness

Hence, A Beautiful Tragedy was born. Being given full creative control of the editorial, the photographer treated the project with utmost care. "It is actually based on my own journey as an artist and as a human," he reveals. Similar to most of his work, the photos weren't simply shot and post-processed like your average editorial—MJ deconstructed them several times with paint and chemicals. "I treated the images in a way that they became imperfect, flawed, with glitches and grain everywhere, and yet [they are] still beautiful, unique and interesting." He says that they mirror himself, "But I used these imperfections to create something different and beautiful."

IMAGE MJ Suayan for Vogue Italia

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Abraham Guardian and Mamuro Oki of Ha.Mu (cel. no. 0947 952 5188)'s signature multi-textured technique for the theme Sadness

The project was a collaboration among several Filipino creatives as well, such as makeup artist Xeng Zulueta, hairstylist Cats del Rosario and Preview's Andre Chang, who styled the shoot.

IMAGE MJ Suayan for Vogue Italia

Cen Hontomen (cel. no. 0915 949 6392)'s youthful and sculptural aesthetic representing Spring

Andre featured six local designers in the editorial, matching them with a theme that corresponds to their design aesthetic. "We wanted [them] to find joy in creating a piece that fully represents who they are as a designer," says the stylist. MJ's concept required the clothes to represent different emotions, seasons and phases, so a wonderful array of pieces were produced for the project.

View the rest of MJ's finished images featuring these designers' work below:

IMAGE MJ Suayan for Vogue Italia

Pinky Magolona (cel. no. 0939 236 0336) designed a red piece for her theme assignment, Metamorphosis/Transformation

IMAGE MJ Suayan for Vogue Italia

A cool and elegant fringed piece by Jun Escario (cel. no. 0949 888 8800) for the theme Hope

See the editorial on Vogue Italia's website here.

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