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How Michael Cinco Became a Designer to the Stars

He continues to prove that fashion is art.
How Michael Cinco Became a Designer to the Stars He continues to prove that fashion is art.

Filipino designer Michael Cinco rose to popularity as he started dressing Hollywood stars, including the likes of Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Fergie, Dita Von Teese, Brandy, Ashanti, Mischa Barton, Chris Brown, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Paloma Faith, and Sofia Vergara.


Recently, the Dubai-based designer also dressed Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai in a dreamy Cinderella-like ball gown for the Cannes Film Festival. The said gown came from his latest couture collection, The Impalpable Dream of Versailles, inspired by the opulent Palace of Versailles in France.

His name echoes opulence and grandeur, and is especially revered in the Middle East where he found his haven in a couture-loving fashion society. Moving to Dubai opened a lot of opportunities for the Catbalogan-born designer that ultimately led to him finding his own niche in the fashion industry.



He later on studied fashion formally at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design in London. Upon graduating, he had already polished his vision that chased sophistication, elegance, and lavishness in every stroke of his pen and in every stitching on his elaborate gowns.

He slowly became a household name and later owned a power house in the world of couture, garnering a strong clientele that favors splendor and glory in the form of precious crystals, lace, and careful embroidery. But his creations are simply not made for anyone. In candor, he divulges, “A Michael Cinco woman is moneyed. She may not be born into royalty but she better be married into one. My clothes appear seamless. They look heavy and yet they float. They look expensive simply because they are.”

However, if you know the value of couture, you'd simply be compelled to write the check. After all, these are unique pieces born out of a genius, and worked on by mutiple skilled hands. As you slip on a Michael Cinco gown, you might as well be wearing a piece of high art—invaluable, delicate, and as Michael would say, impalpable.

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