WHAT IS YOUR COLLECTION ABOUT? ANYTHING SPECIFIC IT WAS INPIRED BY?
Whenever I think of a collection, I go out and take a walk and usually get inspired by what I see. This collection has its roots on a Mother Mary statue in my home's backyard—I was amazed by how it seems to move despite its immobile state.
WHAT WERE THE TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS THAT YOU USED?
I decided to use leather for my collection. It's such a tough fabric that at first glance wouldn't be best for a movement-themed collection, but I made sure to cut and play with it in such a way that it will look soft and that the fabric will curve. Also, leather is just fitting for the imminent Fall/Winter season!
HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU LEARNED THE THEME IS "THE ART OF MOVEMENT?" HOW DOES "ART OF MOVEMENT" TRANSLATE TO YOUR COLLECTION?
I got nervous! My initial instinct was to inject flowy elements, but after a much needed calming down by my mom, I thought it through and got inspired by statues. Statues may be stiff structures, but they're sculpted with pleats, lines and curves that make them look alive, like they're moving. I think that's what astounds everyone about statues.
DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE IN THE COLLECTION?
Definitely my boxy sweater and skirt with box pleats, simply because I see myself wearing it! It's also the first look I made for my collection.
PEFTA is fast approaching. How have your preparations been going, so far?
I am just so excited! My mom would often remind me that it's getting nearer and nearer, and I am looking forward to it because it's a dream come true for me.
WHAT SHOULD THE EXHIBIT GOERS EXPECT OF YOUR COLLECTION?
I want them to see the inspiration behind my collection. I hope it comes across through the clothes. From a recent European trip, I noticed that locals wear boxy silhouettes all the time and that they're comfortable wearing pieces that move away from the body. That's another thing I want to impart through my pieces. With my collection, I hope that Filipinos can be inspired to wear clothes like these, and still know they can look sexy and fashionable at the same time!
Watch out for the features of the other PEFTA winners in the following days.