Overseas Fashion Designer, 30 years old, Camarines Sur
Impeccable tailoring defines Nel as a fashion designer. When in comes to flawless stitching, he has got the right skill and more. From designing gowns for beauty pageants in Bicol, Nel set out for Brunei in 2005 to try and launch his fashion career. Here, he found his incredible luck. Nel instantly became the go-to designer to many stylish denizens in town.
Haute couture, ready-to-wear, men’s wear, avant-garde, accessories, evening wear, gowns — name it, Nel can definitely sew it. Is there anything this guy cannot do? The Runway is ready to try his mettle.
What sets you apart from other designers? What makes you an interesting participant?
As a young designer in this field, I think I’m more than different in many aspects compared to the other designers, so you better watch the show to get to know me better. As for what makes me interesting — first, my designs are unexpected, and second, I went through roller coaster rides of shifting fields of work before I landed into the fashion world.
Have you gone through formal fashion training before? If not, what is your fashion design background?
I am a self-taught designer. I have no formal training at all. Everything I’ve learned is from experience. I’ve been through a lot of failures before I learned how to sew, how to make patterns, and how to fit clients properly. Only a year ago, I learned how to illustrate my designs by researching online. And the best thing is practice. Practice. Practice.
Have you joined other design competitions prior to Project Runway Philippines?
No. This is my first time to join this kind of competition. That’s why this is an invigorating and liberating experience for me.
Give one word that best describes you as a designer.
You don’t have to be flamboyant to be recognized. You can be silent yet explosive as I am.