Red carpets are one way to strut your personal closet, but what may be more intimate (and downright ingenious) is showing up for the photographers’ flashes decked out in your own creation. In the case of artist Isabel Santos, this is one way to go, alongside a sustainable spin!
She made her way to the prestigious halls of the 15th Asia Pacific Screen Awards in Gold Coast Australia, hand-in-hand with Best Performance nominee John Lloyd Cruz for his work in Kapag Wala Nang Mga Alon. For the night’s festivities, the painter paired chunky Mary Janes with a self-designed sheer organza pastel pink dress, which she actually conceptualized from discarded material!
According to the artist, the organza pieces were leftover material from Isabel’s friend and fashion designer Martin Bautista. Deemed unusable with its more peculiar cuts, Isabel reveals to Preview that she took some cues from patchwork clothes in order to create a reworked yet functional piece.
Upon recruiting someone to sew them together, the artist opted for squares instead of more irregular shapes for their ease, then adding textures to its petals. To top it all off, those with an eye for detail will be treated to the acrylic paint adorning sections of the piece, silkscreened onto the see-through dress.
“I wanted to play with different mediums for my artwork, so I decided why not this?” she tells us.
Red carpet- and gallery-worthy indeed!