Add Jessan Macatangay to your list of up-and-coming Asian designers to watch out for. The promising young talent won the L’Oreal Professionnel Womenswear Creative Award, a coveted recognition given only to impressive MA Fashion Class graduates from Central Saint Martins, the prestigious London-based art school that gave the world Stella McCartney, John Galliano, and Alexander McQueen.
Jessan Macatangay’s winning collection
The graduation collection that won him the award is called “Sculptural Sensuality.” It’s an ode to women’s freedom of expression amidst restrictive circumstances.
“Filipinas from all walks of life oftentimes find themselves being subjected to bashing, unnecessary judgment, and being told to cover up when they post photos of themselves wearing clothes that do not conform to conservative standards of generations past,” Jessan said. “This is where my project started — from the fear and discomfort of showing skin. Could there be a way to make women let go of this fear?”
In creating each piece, Jessan masterfully combined various types of jerseys that he stretched using wired frames to mimic a swimsuit’s outline. The result is a carefully curated collection that showcases his level of craftsmanship as well as his attention to detail.
“This collection is about making society realise that a woman is more than her body. Clothes exist to accentuate the feminine figure and showcase it in its most lustrous light. I really want to create pieces for women who adore sensuality without fearing sexuality; and for women who long to relax on the beach with her swimsuit, legs and arms sun-kissed, and exposed for all the world to adore (not judge). She does not want to cover up with a t-shirt while on the beach. She wants to be free,” he said.
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