Michael Cinco: From Philippine Fashion Week to Global Superstar
One of the veterans of the fashion industry that Philippine Fashion Week is most proud of is Filipino designer, Michael Cinco. In 2008 when the then-unknown Dubai-based designer reached out to Tina Herrera, co-producer of Philippine Fashion Week, neither of them anticipated his rise global superstardom. From one message on social media, Michael Cinco began showcasing his work the very next season.
From the runways of Philippine Fashion Week, Michael has gone on to become the first Filipino designer to show at Paris Fashion Week, building an international clientele, and designing for celebrities like Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Mariah Carey, Mila Kunis, Sophia Vergara, Ellie Goulding, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Chris Brown, Nicole Scherzinger, Fergie, Tyra Banks, Paris Hilton, Paula Patton, Dita Von Teese, Emy Rossum, and many more.
Despite his global success, Michael remains ever grateful for his launch to fashion fame at Philippine Fashion Week. On a Facebook post during Philippine Fashion Week’s 20th anniversary, he had this to say about the fashion platform, “…It is with great pride and nostalgia as I look back to my first ever solo show at the PFW in 2009…The Impalpable Dream of INDIA…It paved the way for me to be recognized…Thank you Joey and Audie Espino for giving me the opportunity… Special thanks to Ari Anover for the trust…Filipino designers all over the world must unite and work hand in hand for the advancement of our fashion industry as initiated by the PFW with its noble desire for each hardworking, talented Filipino designer to be recognized and celebrated worldwide…Again, thank you to the one and only Philippine Fashion Week”.
Michael Cinco continues to make news headlines, designing the stunning $1 million wedding dress for heiress, Victoria Swarovski, in June 2017.
In May 2018, another Michael Cinco design stole the show at Cannes Film Festival with a showstopping buttery-inspired gown worn by Bollywood star, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.
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