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These Filipino Designers Should Have Been Worn At the Met Gala

It would have been a home run for Philippine design. The Met Gala gold carpet unfurled on Monday evening in New York City, and the parade of celebrities that stopped and posed for paparazzi bedecked in the Catholicism-inspired theme of “Heavenly Bodies” took cues from iconography eternally prevalent and woven into Filipino culture.

Co-hosted by Donatella Versace (along with Rihanna and Amal Clooney), the Anna Wintour organized extravaganza was an ode to the House of Versace’s signature bold designs, but also a more restrained and graceful interpretation of the religion. Joan of Arc was a popular reference, as were angels and Mother Mary, plus the use of imagery from chapels and cathedrals around the globe.

Watching the celebrity entrances and typing furiously on my phone, we managed to whittle the incredible display of fashion down to our top best dressed list which you can find here.

But for now, here are some Filipino designers that I would have LOVED to see dress the guests at the Met Gala:


Michael Cinco

When I first heard the Met Gala’s intended theme some months ago, Michael was the first designer that popped into my mind. A completely epic visual of his 2015 stained glass train/cape was so vividly etched in my memory, that I knew he would have been a showstopper had someone chosen to wear that piece for the Heavenly Bodies-themed gala.

Here is the masterpiece from Michael’s Impalpable Dream of Sainte-Chapelle:


On Monday, May 7th, the Costume Institute will sanctify its love of fashion as it presents “HEAVENLY BODIES : Fashion and the Catholic Imagination”...Designed to create a dialogue between fashion and the masterworks of religious art at the MET Gala 2018...My collection in 2015 The Impalpable Dream of SAINTE- CHAPELLE where I presented hand painted stained glass windows on couture dresses truly embodies with the religious theme... @sayed5inco @stylepr @asiancouturefederation @couturissimo @lovinghautecouture @thecatwalkitalia @metmuseum @voguemagazine @couturenotebook @ffwddxb @d3dubai @swarovski #couture #HeavenlyBodies #Religion #Art #fashion #METGala #MuseumPieces #Paris #NewYork #MetropolitanMuseum #Dubai #MyDubai #MadeinDubai #MichaelCinco5

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While Rihanna rocked her Margiela creation this year (and was wise to stay away from a train after her now-iconic previous Met Gala choice), I think co-host Amal Clooney could have amped up her outfit a touch. This would have been incredible on her. Had Beyonce made it to this year’s Gala, this would have been a top pick for her too.


Cary Santiago

Metrowear Icon Cary Santiago is renowned for his masterful work with fabric, using it to create cloth sculptures that wildly define and defy the concept of structure with their innate softness. While some of his more recent imagery has celebrated Asian art and Buddhist references, the Cebuano designer has displayed an inherent ode to colonial Filipino and Spanish influenced undertones in his bridal work.

I would have loved to see this dress from Metrowear 2010 on Cara Deleveigne or Hailey Baldwin:


Manila 2010, Metrowear

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And this on co-host Amal Clooney or Bella Hadid:


Bride?? #highfashion #couture #plis #weddingdress #weddinggown #bride

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Cherry Samuya Veric 

Cherry has been one of Philippine fashion’s best kept secrets, deserving of the impending global recognition he is set to attain. With a solid understanding and respect of the female shape and a deliriously detailed vision of patterns created by anything from beads to embroidery, Cherry’s designs have always tapped into the luxuriousness that is celebrated by the Catholic church. I would have loved to see Cherry’s creations on Gisele Bundchen, Priyanka Chopra, Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Blake Lively.



Lead photo via Cherry Veric