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Pefta: Pristine De Guzman

This student designer paces forward with her PEFTA collection, inspired by fast cars.
Pefta: Pristine De Guzman This student designer paces forward with her PEFTA collection, inspired by fast cars.

WHAT IS YOUR COLLECTION ABOUT? ANYTHING SPECIFIC IT WAS INPIRED BY?

My dad used to work for a local distributor of luxury cars, so I grew up attending car shows and playing Need for Speed (sometimes with my twin brothers, named Aston Martin and Bentley—seriously!). I love fast cars so much my high school desk was decked with car magazine cut outs, and my PEFTA collection was inspired by my favorite car, the Lotus Elise.

WHAT WERE THE TECHNIQUES AND MATERIALS THAT YOU USED?

I usually stay away from drapes, so my designs are mostly pattern-based. My aesthetic leans more towards structured and tailored pieces.

HOW DID YOU FEEL WHEN YOU LEARNED THE THEME IS "THE ART OF MOVEMENT?" HOW DOES "ART OF MOVEMENT" TRANSLATE TO YOUR COLLECTION?

From the onset I knew that it was a big challenge for me. I knew I needed to inject flowy elements and fabric—materials I'm not very comfortable with—into my collection to make it truly embody movement. 

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DO YOU HAVE A FAVORITE PIECE IN THE COLLECTION?

It has to be the short, ovoid dress my muse will be wearing. It's important to me because it's the jump-off piece for the rest of my collection.

PEFTA IS FAST-APPROACHING. HOW HAVE YOUR PREPARATIONS BEEN GOING, SO FAR? 

I am so excited for PEFTA to launch. On the production front, I've actually been pretty chill! Just one more skirt to finish before I'm done.

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WHAT SHOULD THE EXHIBIT GOERS EXPECT OF YOUR COLLECTION?

They should definitely expect fine technique and good tailoring. Also, they should see how I bring my sketches to life. [Some pieces will make them go crazy] because some are quite hard to execute. I'm thankful I pulled them off.

Watch out for the features of the other PEFTA winners in the following days.

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