That gown looks familiar, doesn’t it? It’s a long story, but this music video was the most wonderful Christmas surprise! I’ve talked way too much about this dress already (for like maybe four years straight equivalent if you’ve added all the social media posts made about it) so I’ll talk more about this band instead. I’ve been so out of the music scene in the country because of various reasons. But the good news is – when new channels have opened up and I got an actual working internet (believe me, Philippine internet is always a grimm tragedy) – I am exposed to new sounds I thought I can only find in the music of outside the Philippines. Mr. Bones and The Boneyard Circus just…sings to the creature of darkness that I am. They are perfect. And as I listen and listen and listen, they only get perfect-er. I cannot ask for more. Take me, Mr. Bones. My soul is yours. (more…)
Every year in the design career, there always have to be a Christmasy dress order. There always will be one, whether it is liked or not. And often times, with all the repetitiveness and constricting craft of making bridesmaid dresses three months straight, this commission will be the most refreshing thing you’d ever do to wrap up the busy year. With a theme so extravagant, naturally sparkly and lavishingly fabulous, this event dubbed Mardi Gras (Translating to “Fat Tuesday” and defined as the day of flashing for beads by the Urban Dictionary) makes for a perfect festive dress inspiration! Continue reading
This very detailed trumpet gown is inspired by the Queen of Hearts. The idea was to design a gown for the Wonderland Royalty (The Queen of Hearts or the Red Queen) showing my own personal style. It had been a grueling two months of cutting, layouting, machine and hand-sewing, and finally, beading and applique to come up with it. This is my most elaborate personal work to date. It’s been a part of a group exhibit, under Gallery Nine in MANILART 2016. Read more about our participation here.
Never have I imagined myself being an exhibitor in Manilart. Ever. Maybe because its all about “artworks” – the term I’d normally associate with paintings, sculptures, installations, and similar things that would fall under the category. There is after all, a fine line between “art” and “fashion design” – even “couture” or “avant garde” if you may. But after eight long years of being one of the biggest and leading fairs in the country, Manilart’s evolving with the times, or so I’ve heard (an actual Manilart virgin here!) Continue reading
There’s always a first time to everything, and gods – for the life of me (and this dress!), this has been a wonderful one. Slipping on mossy rocks, breaking your favorite bracelet and the realization that those spiky little things that you just accidentally stepped on were now dead snails aside, this buwis-buhay (life-risking) photo shoot was so worth it.