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Designer & Muse: Avel & Mariel

An insider's peek into this dynamic duo's fashionable friendship.
Designer & Muse: Avel & Mariel An insider's peek into this dynamic duo's fashionable friendship.
Avel Bacudio is a full-fledged couturier to the stars. The designer got his big break into the wonderful world of showbiz fashion by designing costumes for the now defunct sitcom Wansapanataym, where big-name talents guest-starred and had the opportunity to have an Avel Bacudio creation made for themselves in the process.

In his almost nine years of being in the industry, Avel has dressed the likes of Ruffa Gutierrez, Vina Morales, and Boy Abunda, and has garnered a list of celebrity clients too lengthy to enumerate. Although all his celebrity customers each hold a special place in his big heart, there is one showbiz darling who Avel simply cannot get enough of-his client, muse, and best friend, Mariel Rodriguez.


The Dynamic Duo

“Avel and I met through a common friend, my make-up artist Edwin Aguilar. Avel Made my outfit for the launch of Entertainment Live two years ago, and since that day, every Saturday I wore Avel's creations”, recounts Mariel.

“There's not a single problem with Mariel as a client; she's never late and she goes to all her fittings. Plus, we're both busy so we understand each other's schedules” shares Avel.

This designer-client relationship very quickly blossomed into a wonderful friendship, with this dynamic duo always keeping in touch. Mariel enthuses “Oh my gosh! We are super close! Constant textmates!”. Avel agrees, adding “We text everyday, she always texts me 'I love you Avel' or 'You're so cute Avel!'”laughs the designer.

Avel and Mariel have certainly got a good thing going, with Avel designing one outfit for Mariel every week, giving them the excuse to meet up. The two rendezvous every Saturday for fittings, which soon turn into laugh fests and kwento sessions. “Each fitting, even if it is only one hour, has been a memorable moment for me”, shares Avel.

With the numerous ensembles Avel has designed for Mariel (“I have like a million and I'm not even exaggerating!” says Mariel), the two undoubtedly have got their fair share of unforgettable moments, and equally unforgettable ensembles.


Click on to see Mariel's favorite Avel Bacudio creations, and get an insider's view on this fashionable friendship.


Click here for Avel Bacudio's contact information.


-Renee Puno, Editorial Assistant
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