If you’re one of over 1.3 million viewers that have already seen Nadine Lustre’s recently released visual album, you already know it’s a feast for the eyes. We lost track of the number of outfit changes she actually made, but no doubt each look stood out in the art-filled, metaphoric video.
Naturally, when designer Kelvin Morales—he who has gained a following for his modern take on embroidery on menswear—posted images of bodysuits he created for Nadine’s video, we just had to ask him about it. Below, he tells us about the Lotus Bodysuit in particular, and you’ll find out just how special it is.
"I just wanted to make the embroidery [look] like a painting or tattoo on her. I also incorporated my recent collection Human Leather that’s about human skin and tattoos.”
“The eye symbolizes being awakened and realizing new things and visios.”
“The Lotus Bodysuit is one of the key pieces that symbolizes the rebirth of Nadine from seed to the lotus flower.”
“We chose to use a sheer fabric to make it seem like her second skin, to achieve the tattooed effect, and made sure that the tulle would match her skin tone.”
"Designing and making the actual pieces 70 to 80 working hours. Ninety percent of the embroidery of the jumpsuit was done by hand."
"We did the process online: from design approval to measurements because of the lockdown and pandemic. We don't have much time, so we didn't have time to do the fittings. I'm glad it fit nicely on her when I saw the video and the placement of the embroidery.”
On working with Nadine and her stylist Lyn Alumno: "They’re very open about new ideas and trusting my vision as a designer. That makes it easier to work with them.”
Kelvin also designed the pearl studded nude bodysuit that Nadine wore while seemingly floating in a lotus pond.
Kudos to Nadine and her team for bringing Filipino creativity to the forefront with her visual album. Watch “Wildest Dreams” in full below.