Michael Cinco: First Filipino designer presenting at Paris Fashion Week (Photo:formal dress)

Filipino fashion designer Michael Cinco will be presenting his collection at the eminent Paris Fashion Week in July.

Cinco, 44, will be the first Filipino designer to present at the world-renowned couture showcase on July 3. The Dubai-based designer’s 30-piece Autumn/Winter collection will be nature-inspired with “some influences of the Philippines” he said in an interview with Khaleej Times.

“My collection is an homage to the beauty of nature,” Cinco told Gulf News. “Like the butterflies just out of their cocoons, hovering around the flowers in their midst. It is a celebration of uncluttered beauty, of raw elegance and lightness of being, and yet, of not so quiet serenity. It is for women who know their desires and ultimately get them and still thrive on mystery. And yes, like the butterflies and the flowers, it is timeless.”

His exhibition will be presented by the Asian Couture Federation (ACF), a non-profit organization that seeks to promote Asian couturiers. Following his Autumn/Winter collection will be a showcase of a special line of affordable couture-inspired pieces for COUTURíSSIMO, an initiative from ACF to make high fashion for accessible to consumers.

“We are delighted that Michael Cinco is one of the first couturiers that we are collaborating with to create an affordable and accessible collection,” Emily Hwang, vice president of ACF told Yahoo! News.

Born in Catbalogan City in Samar, Philippines, Cinco studied at the University of the Philippines Diliman, majoring in fine arts. Two years later, he transferred to Slim’s Fashion & Art’s School in Manila, and then went on to Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London to further his studies in fashion and pattern making.

In 1997, he moved to Dubai where established his own fashion house in 2003 called Michael Cinco Haute Couture. Since then, Cinco’s work has been featured in fashion weeks in Dubai, Miami, Los Angeles, Singapore, Australia and the Philippines as well as shows hosted by Swarovski. He was awarded the Breakthrough Designer award at the Worth Global Style Network Global Fashion Award show in New York, where he was in competition with designers from all over the world.

Cinco has worked with supermodels Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell. He was the first Filipino designer to be featured on American reality show “America’s Next Top Model” in which he presented his eco-couture collection. His designs have been worn by prominent stars such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez and Paris Hilton, among others.

Paris, lauded as the fashion capital of the world, is a part of the global “Big Four” of fashion weeks along with New York, Milan and London. Of his entrance into one of the world’s major fashion weeks, Cinco expressed delight and notes the milestone as a “tremendous honor,” according to Gulf News.Read more at:evening dresses