MAKATI CITY, Philippines — After showcasing a collection in Texas and New York in the United States, Taguig City-based swimwear designer Domz Ramos is now ready to show off his yarns in Europe.
In an online interview with the Inquirer, Ramos shared the news that he had received an invitation to headline a fashion show in Spain and several other European countries by the middle of the year.
This development came after her surprise appearance at the recent New York Fashion Week alongside other Filipino designers. Ramos got the call to show off his collection in the Big Apple after hosting a fashion show in Texas.
He presented a collection for the first time in the United States in 2018, in a series of shows in Texas, where fashion and pageant director Concon Siñel introduced him to who would become the key players in his comeback show in the Lone Star State – producer Zim Lovern and current manager Mary Ann Santiano.
“We decided to hold it earlier. But because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it didn’t go as planned,” he shared.
Her appearance at New York Fashion Week, Ramos said, was a surprise announcement from Santiano and Lovern. “We were supposed to have a road show in a different state, but it got postponed because of the pandemic,” he said.
Ramos continued, “Thank goodness these two ladies really worked hard so I could get into NYFW, which I never dreamed would come true in my entire life.”
He said a little prayer as he set foot in New York, Ramos said. “New York Fashion Week is every designer’s dream. So during the final arc I got so nervous, I was so scared but excited,” he shared.
“Our show was jam-packed. And I love that the public has embraced me as a Filipino designer, and especially as the proud Taguig designer,” Ramos continued.
For his shows in Texas and New York, Ramos presented a collection he called “La Corazon”, which translates to “my heart”. He was inspired by democracy icon Corazon Aquino, the first female president of the Philippines.
“I was also inspired by our ‘gumamela’ flower or hibiscus, and the Philippine eagle. I also chose yellow because it’s the color of happiness,” he continued, saying people need to be happy amid the pandemic and “life is too short.”
The collection was a departure from his previous runway shows where he focused solely on his expertise in swimwear design. “This time we decided to show dresses – wedding dresses, pageant dresses, etc.,” he explained, saying it was to showcase his team’s versatility as than fashion designers.
To further emphasize her versatility, Ramos used a diverse roster of models, consisting of professional models, regular people, beauty queens, a trans woman, children, and an autistic person.
Ramos credits his mentor, senior Filipino designer Sidney Perez, for his creative evolution.
But before heading to Europe, the Taguig-based designer will return to his roots and create swimwear for a few beauty pageants in Canada. Ramos also said he was in talks with other pageant organizers for more swimsuit deals.
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