DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT: MARK TAMAYO
We first took notice of his sharp designs during Weaving the Future, the social design competition introduced by the Fashion and Design Council of the Philippines (FDCP) last year. The architectural dimensions and sharp styling of his apparel collection stole our attention, with its fresh and innovative use of the crux of the competition: indigenous materials. Mark shredded, cut, pleated, and wove variations of precious piña to create his wonderful collection. Read on to find out more about this lineup, and get to know him as one of the country's most talented emerging stars!
WHAT INSPIRED THIS COLLECTION?
This collection takes inspiration from a couple of things. The use of cutout fabrics sewn together is reminiscent of the Japanese art of folding paper, origami. The overall structure of the collection
also mirrors modern architecture. The geometric and layered look of my collection derives its inspiration from the modern edifices that we see today.
WHAT MATERIALS, COLORS, AND TECHNIQUES DID YOU USE?
For the most part, indigenous fabrics such as piña silk, piña abaca, and piña lambo where used. The fabrics
are dyed in grey. Pleating, susuk weaving, the use of cutouts, and unraveling of silk fabric are some of the
techniques that I used.
HOW IS IT REPRESENTATIVE OF YOUR AESTHETIC?
My design aesthetic has always favored a structured look, and this is basically what the silhouette of my collection shows.
WHO DO YOU ENVISION WEARING THESE PIECES?
A woman who knows what she wants, someone who is confident in her own skin and is not afraid to be different.
DO YOU HAVE ANY FAVORITE PIECES FROM THIS LINEUP?
The first garment composed of a top, a skirt and a bolero.
WHAT CAN WE LOOK FORWARD TO FOR YOUR NEXT COLLECTION?
As a young designer, I always aim to be innovative in my designs. My objective is to create clothes which are stylish and wearable.
Click on the photo gallery to view Mark Tamayo's collection for Weaving the Future.