From now till 5 January 2020, the SCAD Museum of Art located in Savannah, Georgia presents the first solo museum exhibition of Michael Cinco, the Philippine-born, Dubai-based fashion designer. Cinco is best known for his opulent gowns that combine Swarovski crystals, precise beadwork, and embroidery with masterful craftsmanship to great effect.
His stunning designs have secured elite clients who commission glamorous, one-of-a-kind pieces.
This exhibition explores Cinco’s unique global perspective, evident in his use of French couture techniques alongside traditional Filipino textiles and embroidery methods.
Truly an international designer, Cinco has shown his work in fashion capitals such as Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris to name a few. He also received the 2014 presidential award winner for Outstanding Filipinos Overseas.
Growing up on the island of Samar in the Philippines, Cinco found early inspiration in glamorous Hollywood stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford, and Audrey Hepburn. Now, today's celebrities come to his Dubai design studio in search of his impalpable, ethereal creations.
On view at SCAD Museum of Art are pieces worn by Beyoncé, Aishwarya Rai, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Sofia Vergara to performances and prestigious international red-carpet events, from the Met Gala to the Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globes.
Impalpable Couture, curated by Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, grants visitors an exclusive, intimate look at the details that make Cinco's work extraordinary.