An advocate of the dark and peculiar, Kelvin Morales' Dance in the Dark collection oozes with fascinating avant-garde pieces. His art-inspired aberrant designs of PVC and silk were born from the feelings of both fear and fascination brought about by the unknown when one is immersed in darkness.
This is especially evident in his eccentric architectural designs that evoke from its audience a nuanced unsettling feeling, but at the same time garners the mind's curiousity. Aside from frilled turtlenecks and embellished masks, colors also play a key part in Kelvin's work. A twist of eeriness is added to his dominantly black collection through the inflections of purple—usually associated with evil, mourning, and death—throughout his pieces.
Below, Kelvin tells us more about his creative process for Dance in the Dark.
How would you describe your aesthetic and design philosophy?
"My aesthetic is mixing up contemporary, avant-garde, and couture. I want my garments to offer a new idea and a new technique in the arts and/or fashion especially in the Philippines."
Do you have a signature design or key element evident throughout your collections?
"My designs are always dark and experimental. I prefer that they don't conform to the idealized standards of beauty."
Where do you usually draw inspiration from? What about for this specific collection?
"I usually get my inspiration mostly anywhere, really. But mostly from strange pieces of art and dark music. The title of the collection is Dance in the Dark. The collection is inspired from the feeling of curiosity, fascination and fear in the dark. It is a dark and experimental collection focused on movements, different shapes."
Can you walk us through your creative process?
"My creative process is usually surfing the web and scanning my collection of books and magazines for inspiration, which I then put together on my moodboard. While looking for inspiration, I also look out for ideas for my garment silhouettes and possible materials and techniques I could use and apply to them."
Where can we buy your pieces?
"You can find my garments online through my Instagram account or my mobile + 639275809903."
See the rest of his collection below.
Produced by Yanna Lopez and Steph Sison
Photographed by Miguel Alomajan