Last May 18, a fashion event for a cause organized by Filipino fashion icon Zim Lovern was held in Houston, Texas. The event, which featured Filipino fashion designers Iris Viacrusis, Domz Ramos, Jugger Onate, and Jhay Layson, was titled “Luxe Summer Fashion 2019”. It showcased colorful and trendy day and evening summer clothing such as resort wear for men and women, cocktail dresses, formal gowns, swimwear, and children’s wear. The entire proceeds of the fashion show will go toward rebuilding and renovating children’s classrooms and providing school supplies in a public school at a remote area in the Philippines. Let’s get to know each of these Filipino fashion designers by scrolling down!
At an early age of thirteen, Iris moved to California and started to dream about building a career in fashion design. He moved to Paris and studied at L’École de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture after a few years where he earned his first fashion certificate. He first worked for an American designer Abraham Pellem, then to a premier weaving company, Malhia Kent Fabric Design House. His textile designs were selected to appear in Paris’ haute couture fashion shows such as Christian Dior and Chanel. Iris is now based in Hawaii.
Known as the swimsuit designer of the Philippines’ biggest beauty pageant, Domz Ramos rose to fame by designing swimsuits for Binibining Pilipinas in the past five years. He owns a swimsuit line called “DR Swim”, and among his famous muses is no other than Miss Universe Catriona Gray.
In 2010, Jhay Layson started his career in fashion as a stylist. He is known for his Sartorialist designs as well as street fashion. Today, Jhay is now a full-fledged fashion designer who creates stunning clothes for famous celebrities, models, and even politicians in the Philippines. He is based in Manila, and still does styling jobs for media campaigns and designer look books. His most recent fashion collection will be showcased in the 2019 Philippine Fashion Week.
Jugger was born in Cagayan de Oro. His passion for fashion brought her to where she is today: Texas, USA. She first worked in the Middle East, which she considered an unfamiliar and sometimes hostile place. Jugger persevered until she gained entry to the fashion world in Europe and America.