Fashion designers are those people who work in the design of clothing and other fashion ranges. Clothing does not only includes clothes, but also the things we attach to our body (accessories, bags, shoes, etc.). Furthermore, I listed down 5 Filipino fashion designers and 5 foreign fashion designers who made a good impression and inspired me:

Foreign Designers

Alice Temperley


Alice was born in Somerset, England and the eldest of four children. She graduated in Central Saint Martins majoring in clothing design. She founded her own label Temperley London in 2000. Her extraordinary label is known for its quality, aesthetics, and technical rigor.

Awards: Innovation Prize (given by Central Saint Martins), Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in fashion 2011 (given by the Queen)

Achievements: 290 boutiques in 35 countries, regular customer and huge fans: Scarlett Johanson, Natalie Portman, Kate Middleton, Keira Knightley, etc.

Temperley's designs and creations
Temperley’s designs and creations
Giorgio Armani


Armani was born in Emilia-Romania, Italy. His first career in the fashion industry was a window dresser (1964). Then he worked as an assistant buyer for La Rinascente for 7 years. Then as a designer for Cerutti Group, Ermenegildo Zegna, and Ungaro. He established his own label in 1974. His company now includes perfumes, and accessories for men and women. He specializes in men’s wear.

Awards: Neiman Marcus Award, 1979, Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) International Award, 1983

Achievements: currently owns 305 stores in 35 countries, an estimate net worth of $2 Billion.

Armani's works and creations.
Armani’s works and creations.
Paul Poiret


Poiret was born in Paris, France on 1879 and died on 1944. In his youth, he was an apprentice umbrella maker. He taught himself costume sketching, and sold his first sketches to Jacques Doucet. He spent four years working for Worth. He opened his own fashion house in 1904. His forte is costume. He was unable to adjust his style to the changes brought about by World War I, so he went out of business in 1924.

Achievements: He freed women from corsets. He introduced the first, modern, straight-line dress. He also invented the harem and hobble skirts.

Poiret’s works and creations.
Doo-Ri Chung


Doo-Ri Chung was born in South Korea but she was raised in New Jersey. Her family runs a dry-cleaning shop. She graduated from Parsons School of Design in 1995 and specializes with knitted fabrics. She joined the team of Geoffrey Beene for six years, before she became the head designer.She produced her own line of draped jersey dresses in 2001.

Awards: Swarovski’s Perry Ellis Award for Emerging Talent, Women’s wear, 2005; CFDA/ Vogue Fashion Fund Award, 2006

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Doo-Ri Chung’s works, design, and illustrations.
Isabel Toledo


Isabel was born in Cuba. She learned to sew as a child in Cuba because everything ready-made was too big for her. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology and Parsons School of Design. Her fashion career started in December 1985, when her husband sold some of her pieces. Bergdorf Goodman gave her the 57th street window for her first full collection. She is one of the designers known to work in a personal way somewhat out of the mainstream.

Awards: Coty American Fashion Critics’ Award, “Winnie,” 2005; Museum at FIT Couture Council Awars for Artistry, 2008

Achievements: First Lady Michelle Obama chose her pieces to wear to the inauguration of her husband President Barack Obama.

Toledo's works and creations.
Toledo’s works and creations.

Filipino Designers

Monique Lhuillier


Monique was born in Cebu, Philippines. She was interested in fashion at an early age. She moved to Los Angeles to enroll at a Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). In 1990’s, she designed dresses for herself and her wedding party. Together with her husband, Tom Burgee, she launched her upscale bridal company in 1996. She specializes in the bridal market and is known for her designs’ glamour and sophistication.

Awards: Glamorous Bridal Designer Award, 2001; AvantGarde Bridal Designer Award, 2002; Wedding Dresses Magazine Designer of the Year Award, 2003

Lhuillier's masterpieces
Lhuillier’s masterpieces
Mich Dulce

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Mich Dulce is a Filipino designer who specializes in millinery. She is known for her craftsmanship and creativity in creating clothes and hats. She works with T’nalak, a traditional Filipino fabric made of hand-woven banana fibers by the T’boli tribe.

Awards: 2010 International Young
Creative Fashion Entrepreneur at London Fashion Week top prize winner.

Mich Dulce's hats.
Mich Dulce’s hats.
Rajo Laurel

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Laurel is one of the top Filipino fashion designers. He trained in New York Fashion Institute of Technology and Central Saint Martin’s in London. Laurel serves as a permanent judge on three seasons of Project Runway Philippines. He heads Rajo Laurel Enterprise, a young design-driven comapany fueled with the ideology of elegance, romance, and luxury.

Awards: Most Promising Designer of the Year, 1995; Favorite Designer (Editor’s Choice Award), 1998; Asian Top Fashion Designer of the Year (Pret-a-Porter Catergory) 2010

Rajo Laurel's Palawan Collection
Rajo Laurel’s Palawan Collection
Michael Cinco


Michael Cinco was born on 1971, he was enthralled by the glamour of the women of classic Hollywood movies. Cinco is known all around the world for his fabulous couture gowns. He is now based in Dubai. Michael He Cinco launched his first, ever perfume called, IMPALPABLE, in 2012.

Awards: Presidential Award for Outstanding Filipinos Overseas, 2014

Achievements: British pop star Paloma Faith wore his couture dress at the MET Gala in New York.

Michael Cinco's designs and creations.
Michael Cinco’s designs and creations.
Celine Gabriel-Lim


Celine is a public relations professional, a restaurateur, an entrepreneur, and a bag designer in the Philippines. She graduated from Assumption College, San Lorenzo Makati. She owns the homegrown designer bag Gabriel-Martel, together with Andy Martel. Gabriel-Martel will soon join the ranks of young Filipinas producing high quality designer bags for sale abroad — and this despite both not having formal education in bag design.

Celine in Manila Bulletin Weedend Magazine.
Celine in Manila Bulletin Style Weekend Magazine July 2015.



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