by Vicky Herrera (Published April 16, 2011 in Inquirer 2bU)
Photography: Art Alera, Styling: Maureen Manuel, Makeup: Al de Leon, Art Direction: Vicky Herrera
26-year-old designer Alodia Cecilia creates easy-to-wear, relaxed clothing anyone can wear
IT’S EASY-TO-WEAR, relaxed clothing. That’s the best way to describe 26-year-old designer Alodia Cecilia’s creations. As opposed to her peers in Philippine fashion, whose creations bring out the “Cinderella” in you, Cecilia keeps her eye on designing very comfortable, wearable items for the average fashion lover.
“No matter how pretty the dress is, if it doesn’t suit the person wearing it, it’s no good,” says this young lady, whose design sensibilities cater to her clients.
She believes a designer’s responsibility is to create clothes that don’t overpower the wearer. “If the design is too grand, and all you see is how fabulous the dress is, it’s no good, either. The garment should compliment the wearer,” she says.
Cecilia started sketching during illustration class at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. “I don’t remember myself designing as a kid. Initially, my dream was to be a painter, though I did love playing with paper dolls,” she says.
She brought her love for art to clothing design, and has been one of the fastest rising stars in the ready-to-wear category of Philippine Fashion Week.
“When it comes to designing, it would depend where I ‘dig’ inspiration from. I have to know what it is for, and who it is for. Or if I were given the complete freedom to do whatever I desire, it would always still depend on my state of mind or the ‘earthly condition’ I’m in,” says Cecilia of her evolving inspiration.
Nonetheless, she always comes up with beautiful, feminine collections.
Cecilia plans to create more capes, vests, and cocktail dresses. She also plans to complete her accessory collection. Her next aim is to market her clothing globally, since they have been received with positive feedback by local fashion critics.
But it’s not pleasing the fashion critics that motivates Cecilia; it’s more about the people who appreciate her designs on a more personal level.
“I find it really humbling and heart-melting when kids, like my nieces or even young adults, or teens I just met, or even people I don’t know, come up to me and say I inspire them, and that they want to be like me,” Cecilia says. “Rather than saying, ‘Thank you,’ I often catch myself speechless and blushing.”