Michael Cinco Couture designer

Michael Cinco is a Filipino bridal and couture designer, based in Dubai. He has worked with Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell, and have been worn by celebrities like Sofia Vergara, Beyonce, Rihanna, Dita Von Teese, Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Mischa Barton, Paris Hilton among others. The Asian Couture Federation headed by Kenzo Tanaka and ACF President Dr. Frank Cintamani conferred upon him as the Asian Couturier Extraordinaire.

"I loved watching classic films when I was young. I was in love and inspired by the costumes made by Cecil Beaton and Givenchy worn by Audrey Hepburn in the film My Fair Lady."

After studying at Slims Fashion and Art School in the Philippines, and graduating at Central Saint Martins in London, he decided to move and establish his own couture house in Dubai in 2003.

  • Member of the elite Asian Couture Federation
  • 2014 Presidential Award for Outstanding Filipinos Overseas
  • Appeared on Singapore, China and Americas Next Top Model, as guest designer and guest judge.
  • 2011 Breakthrough Designer from the WGSN Global Fashion Awards held in Gotham Hall, New York
  • And have received multiple Best Dressed Client Awards, Best Designer Awards, and People's Choice Awards.

He often uses techniques such as folding, ruching, pleating, embellishing, and bead working.

Mixing elements together to create harmonious effects and balance.
Scrollwork Pailettes on mesh.
Beadwork and embellishment.
Inside Cinco's Atelier with Miss Universe 2016 Pia Wurtzbach's Coronation Dress

It takes two to three months to make each dresses as the dresses are fully handmade. With an atelier consisting of one hundred staff, thirty wedding dresses made every month, finishing one wedding dress a day, and accepting thirty clients a month, clients have to go into a waiting list, with each client receiving their own unique Michael Cinco wedding dresses.

"Each piece I make is like a collectors piece."

Michael caught the boom time when it was rising in the Middle East. Women we're spending so much money on certain clothes and partying. Grand lifestyles, opulence, and "having all things shiny" has become a part of the Middle East's culture. Cinco realised this and had to adapt at the time.

"I tried to adapt the phase. It was tough because there were so many fashion houses at the time. There was great competition at the time. A big competition with the other fashion houses. So what I did was, I just went with the flow. I had to do designs that has European phase but with the Arabic patch. "

His exposure to different cultures helped with his creativity. Pulling inspirations from the henna tattoos, veils, and all black attires that Arabian women wear, the crafting and beadwork techniques from the Philippines, European renaissance themes, and silhouettes from American designers.

Left to Right: Ricardo Tisci and Alexander Mcqueen

Cinco has named designers such as Christian Dior, Yves Saint Laurent, and Valentino as his inspirations; and Alexander McQueen, John Galliano and Ricardo Tisci for their edginess.

His couture shows are designed to empathize crystals in his garments, using steady lighting, and European themed stage design. From the renaissance opulence patterns to the enchanted Palace of Versailles in France. Tries to reflect on the European structures and interiors , each collection runway/stage design is different and matches with theme or colour theme of the season or mood, wide runways, luxury, opulence vibe and royalty to reflect on the expensive lifestyle and gowns. Using steady lighting in different positions for the crystal beads to reflect in different angles. Choreographed with men escorting the women, with each show being simple, while matching the theme and inspiration of the designer that is almost fantasy like and enchanted like. Royalty floorings like red carpets, white tiles, marble floorings, projected backgrounds-to-plain backgrounds are often used in his shows.

Models walk in glamour routine choreographies, moving with simple and balanced-relaxed postures and confidence, and minimal arm movement to reduce distraction from the garments, giving the gowns a sense of gliding movement into the runway while walking into the misty mood and ambient tracks that plays in the background.
Cinco also designs for men, with some runway shows showing the women being accompanied by men in matching attires.
Each pieces consume the stage when the models enter the runway, with its big volumed pieces and the slow movement that the garment produces from its heavyweight crystals and embelishments embedded into the gowns.
The runway is choreographed from one model at a time, to couples at a time, and the finale with all the garments being shown in a chainlike or trainlike order, having the models do each of their final turns.
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