The evolution of fashion Industry in our country has ranged from the simplest pre-colonial clothes to the grandest gown ever created by top fashion designers of our country which have brought great pride and honor not just to our nation but to our countrymen as well. I myself can’t personally believe when I realized that some of these designers have already made creations that were ramped by models during European Fashion shows. Since June is known as a wedding month, I practically decided to feature the famous Filipino world class designers not just to pay tribute to what they have done but also to give an idea to those prospective brides who might want to have a taste of how it feels to wear an original designer wedding gown. So without much of a talk, let’s get to know who they are:
1. Pitoy Moreno – A fashion expert and “National Artist for Fashion Design” awardee like him would surely make a a romantic, nostalgic and magical bride with a genuine Filipino touch. Dubbed as the “Fashion Czar” of Asia his creation has been featured in famous American Magazines such as Vogue, Haper’s Bazar, Holiday and Le Figaro.
When it comes to his collections, they were all able to tour the fashionable runways of Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Copenhagen, Athens, Barcelona, Sweden, Viennna, Moscow, New York, Chicago, Washington D.C., San Francisco, Los Angeles, Teheran, Morocco, Honolulu, Tokyo, Hongkong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, China, and many more. Pitoy’s taste of beauty with his creations is best distinguished by the use of local fabrics such as piña cloth.
|Pitoy Moreno's design|
2. Rajo Laurel – He is indeed an artist in his own way. This designer is more than the fashion designing reality show "Project Runway" judge. According to him, he started his passion for fashion at an early age of 11 when he used to make dresses to fashionably dress up Barbie dolls of his sister. Upon reaching the right age, he went his way as far as New York to be formally trained at the fashion Institute of Technology in New York.
I personally believe that Rajo Laurel’s idealism when it comes to his creations simply put him into the limelight being one of the most sought-after wedding gown designers in the Philippines. In one of his websites, he says that his goal towards his creation is to put a smile on the face of the client. He also indicated that what makes him love his work is to see beautiful women drifting by and dressed in elegant garments.
|Rajo Laurel collection|
|Diane Monique Lhuillier|
3. Diane Monique Lhuillier - Best known as, Monique Lhuillier, this Filipina-French designer who has been given a “Medal of Honor” by Pres. Gloria Arroyo has made her fellow Filipino people feel proud and Honored as she continues to shine in the fashion Industry. Monique is famous for her one of a kind designs which Hollywood icons Gwyneth Paltrow, Reese Witherspoon, Kristen Stewart, Drew Barrymore, Hilary Swank, Jennifer Lopez, Taylor Swift, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Shannen Doherty and Lea Salonga, to name a few, have appreciated. Monique’s designing talent has been inherited from her mother who happened to design collections for children’s clothing. In her studies at Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, she was able to have the passion for Bridal Gown Creation and her husband Tom Bugbee, helped her come up with her very own couture shop which until now has been working so well.
|Diane Monique Lhuillier's designs|