From Preview October 2008
2008 marks the 25th anniversary of Frederick Peralta in the fashion industry. For Philippine Fashion Week in 2008, Frederick held a special solo anniversary gala show featuring his best work yet.
It was a fitting celebration for Frederick's 25 years of fashion brilliance. But he's not anywhere close to taking his final bow. To this day, the renowned designer is still honing—and learning from—his craft. “Never stop learning the ropes and dos and don'ts of fashion,” he philosophizes, “for fashion is our way of life. It's a never–ending cycle.”
CAN YOU DESCRIBE YOUR STYLE?
My style is sexy and dramatic.
HOW DID YOUR LOVE AFFAIR WITH FASHION BEGIN?
It all started when I apprenticed with Gregg Centeno for a couple of years. He taught me a lot, and I learned the ins and outs of managing the business side of fashion.
WHERE DID YOU ACQUIRE TRAINING IN FASHION DESIGN?
I studied pattern–making and draping with the late Pempet Mortera, a well–known fashion illustrator and teacher in the '80s.
WHAT WAS YOUR BIG BREAK?
When I represented the country and won in two international fashion competitions, namely The Asean Design Competition in Singapore in 1990 where I got to present for Malaysia's royal family and the Internacional Concour des Jeunes Creatuer de Mode in 1994 where I was invited to present my collection in Paris together with Paco Rabanne, John Louise Scherer, Ted Lapidus, and Ross Met.
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE LOCAL FASHION INDUSTRY TODAY?
The real state of the fashion industry in the Philippines is “to each his own”. It will never be unified for as long as the government can't see its potential—that it is indeed a money–making industry.
HOW HAVE YOU EVOLVED AS A DESIGNER?
I have matured in decision–making and I'm wiser in handling my business. [I've grown] From being a tailor to one who designs couture and wedding gowns, and now, home accessories and wedding cakes.
WHO ARE YOUR CELEBRITY CLIENTS?
I make clothes for the likes of Assunta de Rossi, Miriam Quiambao, Lani Misalucha, Joyce Jimenez, Edu Manzano, Katrina Legarda, and Vicky Morales.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
I read a lot of books and magazines. I also watch movies, international fashion shows, and awards night [programs].
WHAT IS YOUR DESIGN PROCESS LIKE?
In entertaining clients, I usually design according to their character and figure. I also submit scheduled fitting dates.
ARE THERE ANY MATERIALS YOU LOVE TO WORK WITH? WHY?
I use a lot of jerseys and silk chiffons for draping and different kind of lace.
WHAT TYPE OF GARMENT IS YOUR FAVORITE?
Evening gowns and wedding gowns. Because I love putting embellishments and ornamentation on a gown.
CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR MOST RECENT COLLECTION?
My latest collection was an Arabesque–Moroccan inspired collection of French lace, embroidery, and pleated silk. It was also inspired by Marlene Dietrich and her old Hollywood glamour [characterized by] turban and gems.
FASHION DESIGNERS YOU ADMIRE?
I love the theatrical fashion of John Galliano and Alexander McQueen. Classic and glamour looks of Valentino and Halston and the architectural designs of Paco Rabanne.
ARE THERE ANY WOMEN IN HISTORY WHOSE PERSONAL STYLE YOU ADMIRE?
Princess Diana, the epitome of simple glam.
MOST STYLISH MOMENTS IN FILM?
Elizabeth, Sex and the City, Out of Africa and Meet Joe Black [are stylish].
HOW DO YOU UNWIND?
I love having coffee with friends at Starbucks or watching movies.
WHAT DO YOU COLLECT?
Antique furniture, paintings, fashion books, and magazines.
ACHIEVEMENT YOU'RE MOST PROUD OF?
Being the first Filipino to win two awards in international fashion competitions [The Asean Design Competition and the Internacional Concour des Jeunes Creatuer de Mode]
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS IN THE FUTURE?
To work on my very own wedding store.
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From Preview October 2008