Photos by JC Santiago and Jionor Verona
“I’d rather die in your arms than die lonesome”
(To be updated)
Repost from SoFA Design Institute
When Timmy tweeted me a link this afternoon, her message was screaming “!!!!!! You are featured here!!!!!!!!”. Upon opening the link, it was Manila Bulletin’s feature of the Grad Show and The Origin of Love was part of their top picks! I’m ecstatic that someone from the press felt that way about the collection despite the wardrobe malfunction during the Press Show haha. Also, I’m very happy to see that amongst all my designs, they chose to blow up my blue jumpsuit look worn by Martin Tuanquin. Till this day, I thank my lucky stars that Martin came in for the Go See because we posted that we were looking for Androgynous models (we being me).
I’m happy to be ending this day with a happy note. Recto adventure, Cooking, Yoga and this ❤
I remember when I first started planning my collection, I was lost. I had no idea what my clothes would look like, HOW I wanted them to look like; much less how I was going to execute them. However, I knew that they had to be a physical translation of my message which was equality for all. It sounds a bit cliché especially since it’s one of the most talked about topics this past couple of years but I felt that above anything else, my art had to translate how I really felt about serious subject matters. Coming from International Studies (my course in DLSU), it’s already embedded into my framework that everything we do should be for a greater good.
In SoFA, there is a step-by-step guide as to how you begin a collection; the first being create a moodboard. I didn’t realize it at the time but my moodboard was a big help throughout my journey. I referenced it countless of times while I was sourcing materials, planning my designs and deciding on the overall feel of my presentation.
You’ll find here my color palette (various shades of nudes and accent colors), my target market and the story of my concept. Since my idea was to create an army of in betweeners, my colors were toned down because I didn’t want to have anything that was associated with the genders (male and female). This was particularly difficult because alot of colors are associated with men ( most commonly blue) and women ( most commonly pink). I then included images of the people I took inspiration from and who I was designing for. I chose Tilda Swinton and David Bowie. During my research period, I read loads of articles on them and found that both of them struggled with body image growing up since they looked neither very feminine or very masculine (hence army of in betweeners). I studied on their personal styles and even came to the point of the ultimate commitment: cutting my hair to match Tilda Swinton’s. Upon doing this, I had cemented my full time commitment to my concept; to my cause. It was the best decision I had ever made.
This moodboard is actually not my first. I had to scrap out the other because during my design process, I decided to take a whole new direction so in turn, the first draft had to go.
(to be updated)
Last June, Sir Dan asked me to drape this dress for him since he was swamped with beauty pageants and weddings. I did 75% of the dress in less than 2 days. It was definitely hell since I didn’t expect the time pressure but I think it came out pretty well overall. :>
Since I haven’t gone to school in months, I haven’t gotten the actual photos yet. Will be posting the step by step process in the coming days.
My friends linked me to this photo that was posted on the school’s facebook page awhile back. I found it funny because I have no recollection whatsoever of someone coming and and snapping photos of me. I guess that’s what happens when you’re so engrossed in what you’re doing lol
What you see: Purple pencil case, very old Apple earphones, My collection of markers in an old Pop tart box, Blackberry Q10, Sharpies, Tria markers, Canson water-colour sketch pad and my Fashionary
I’m planning to finish my six sketches for INNOVGC (Innovative Garment Construction) in time for Tuesday’s class so that Sir Dan can finally see my vision fully rendered. I’ve been dilly-dallying for weeks now… it took me a really long time to get back on track. I know that in the real world, Artists have to conform to a real schedule to make deadlines but this first two months of this year have been pretty rough.