Faygar C. Reyes: Designing your Passion

“Faygar C. Reyes (Born May 19, 1976 in Zamboanga City, Philippines) is a Fashion Designer in Al Khobar, K.S.A.  He works for the established fashion house of Tawakeya, known for custom-made, bridal gowns and high-end ensembles in Saudi Arabia and Gulf region. Back in the Philippines, he started his mentorship with the Dean of the Philippine Fashion Ben Farrales and eventually was appointed to design the bridal and couture line. In 2001, he started working with Emparatura an established bridal shop in the region. Furthermore, he also worked with the Lebanese Designer Akl Fakih in Dubai where he mastered the aesthetics of the Arab world in terms of dressing and style. Currently, he is the designer of Signature fashion in Al-Khobar and a season designer to some outstanding Filipino actors.—“

Flashback Profile

        When I was eight years old, the word “fashion” became an unlimited allowance to express my imagination and creativity with clothing. I have distinct memories of dressing-up dolls, swatching fabrics from tailoring shops, collecting buttons and accessories to match a vintage ensembles. Watching Twentieth century fox movies was a childhood delight. The wardrobes of the glamorous silver screen Icons such as Joan Crawford, Ginger Rogers, Richard Burton, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn were notably exceptional. The earliest images of fashion that I get to watch from movies, television, magazines and newspapers impacted my ideas of style that soon became my passion. Gradually, with continued interest and research. I noted that thru the changing times, the way and manner people dress-up change. More so, there were several factors that influence the change. Socio-economic, political, religious and cultural influences.

     Say for example, the immortal movie Cleopatra (Elizabeth Taylor, 1963) famous for its costume cost a then-staggering $44 million and ultimately became one of the highest-grossing movies of the 1960’s. All the details of the costumes were intricately created to reveal the artistry of the ancient civilization. It gave me an amazing perception of how the ancient rulers look in terms of their clothing, styling and appearances. All the interesting details of a civilization that once ruled the world.

The Designing Process

     Like any given profession, we start our work with assessment. When facing a client, assessment starts physically, such as the body proportion, skin color, anybody attributes that are essential to the client. Say for example, a client may not want to show her arms, hide her hips or flaunt her waist. These are some physical attributes that need to be dealt-with. Another is the client’s personal preference. Most clients would love to share their personal insights. Such as the color of choice, fabric combination or a fancy or trendy detail. One should also consider the cultural aspect such as religion. Whereas most of the conservative clients in the region would require long-sleeves, others are more liberating such as sleeveless or high-slit dresses. Another important aspect is knowing the occasion. Is it an engagement party? A debut or a wedding? In line with the event, you must also consider the concept if there is any, the time and venue. All these contribute to assessment.

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