How do you feel about being a PEFTA finalist this year?
I feel so grateful. I've never thought that I could represent my school in a fashion competition for the first time.
What motivated you to study fashion design?
I started to design RTW when I was 13, and during my college years, my classmates, friends and teachers told me to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion designer. Since then, I've never stop honing my skills with the use of helpful fashion magazines. That's why I decided to take Clothing Technology in UP Diliman.
How would you describe your design aesthetic?
My design aesthetic [is] radical yet cool in transforming new silhouettes. [It's] young and edgy.
Please tell us about the portfolio you submitted to Preview. What is the concept behind it? How does it tie in with this year's theme, Silhouette?
The title of my entry is 1986. The concept behind this collection is to showcase or give tribute to all Filipino fashion designers from the year I was born. Woman Today magazine, a source of [inspiration], [gave] me ideas to commemorate, and [inspired me] to reinvent selected silhouettes of select Filipino designers, and to elevate new styles [with] today’s global fashion trends.
Please tell us about the piece that the Preview editors selected for you to execute.
The piece that I am going to make is the silhouette of Mr. Danilo Franco (code: RG.Franco #09). This piece is a mid-calf long dress. This dress has the silhouette of a Coke bottle that gives volume from the empire cut to mid-calf. It has also a squareish shoulder cap to complete the new look of the outfit.
The biggest challenge in creating this piece would be [to achieve] the Coke bottle shape from empire to mid-calf because I have to know what material will hold the form. 1980s oversized shirts, flounce/structured cut patterns, and draped silhouettes inspire this futuristic casual wear collection.
Assessed from the designers’ silhouettes from 1986, this collection encapsulates the American sportswear classic and turns [them] into modern and structured pieces that transcends the new look for Holiday 2012.
The colors in this collection are bright, subtle and rich, taking their elements from the latest trends in WGSN for 2012/2013. Balanced neutrals are incorporated to bring significance to a contrasted palette. The materials that I am going to use are lamé, denim, soft micro tulle, Swiss voile, cotton satin, and zippers for the detailing.
Where do you get your inspiration? Who are you style influences/inspirations?
During the product development of the collection, I was inspired by the silhouettes of Mr. Mike dela Rosa, Mr. Danilo Franco, Jo Clemente, Mr. Cesar Gaupo, Mr. Boysie Villavicencio and Ms. Remlanie Divino. My style influences are Roberto Cavalli, Gianfranco Ferre and some international brands like Girbaud and Diesel.
Which artists do you admire most, both local and foreign? How does your aesthetic resonate with theirs?
I admire Aitor Throup (a London designer) for his wonderful concepts in creating collections and illustrations. His aesthetic is sophisticated and radical in terms of transforming new silhouettes for tailored suits and sportswear. I have to admit that I don't [yet have] that kind of a talent, but hopefully, I will be like him someday.
What accomplishments in your budding career are you most proud of?
I am very proud of winning some titles from a fashion illustration competition, a jewelry design competition, and an art competition.
What aspect of fashion design do you seek to master?
I really want to master tailoring and ready-to-wear.
How do you envision yourself evolving as a designer?
Right now, I am starting to become a designer for a clothing company. I have the enthusiasm to learn the corporate world of garment manufacturing. I really want to have my own clothing company someday.
How do you see yourself contributing to the growth of Philippine fashion?
I can see myself contributing to the growth of Philippine fashion by teaching methods on fashion illustration, product development of a garment, and fashion marketing in a university or in a fashion school.