He is known for his sexy and feminine yet versatile style when it comes to dresses and gowns. Fit, form, and function are his principles, which he translates into beautiful masterpieces that not only parades in the country’s runway but also in the international fashion scene. Get to know more of Iloilo’s pride, world-class fashion designer and former Young Designer Guild’s president, Eric Delos Santos.
1. How long have you been a fashion designer and what made you decide to be one?
It’s been a decade since I started out as a fashion designer. I was in my second year as a law student back then when my mother fell ill. She needed me to manage her tailoring shop, which is one of the oldest tailoring shops in Iloilo City.
2. Who/what are your design inspirations?
Most of my design inspirations are from Rajo Laurel, whom I consider as my mentor. I also look up to local designers Inno Sotto, Jojie Lloren and Pepito Albert and international designers Tom Ford, Marc Jacobs, Oscar dela Renta and Valentino.
3. What’s the hardest part about designing a wedding gown?
I think there is no hard part at all. Designing a wedding gown is about the partnership of the designer and bride. It’s all about the trust and knowledge to create the bride’s dream gown…
4. What’s the best advice you can give a bride-to-be in terms of finding the right design for their wedding gown?
Know your style first, then look for a designer who has the same style as yours. It’s all about finding a designer whom you can trust to create your dream wedding gown.
5. Have you encountered any bridal gown design disaster? What happened and how did you resolve it?
As long as you follow the designs, fittings and deliveries, there should be no problems. Thankfully, I haven’t experienced any of that yet.
6. If you were to design a bridal gown for a celebrity, who would it be and why?
All brides are special to me, whether they are a celebrity or not 🙂
7. Do you cry at weddings?
Yes, I do, especially when you see how much they waited for it. You just can’t help but join in their happiness!
8. Favorite wedding theme song?
A Thousand Years by Christina Perri.
9. Most important bridal accessory?
No bridal accessory can match the glow of the bride on her wedding day.
10. One word to describe your designs?
I am into romantic, textured feminine looks. I’m very particular with the details, especially with the laces and beadings.