Piña. Hablon. Silk. Satin. Chiffon. These are only a few of the many natural materials one of the most sought-after fashion designers, Eric Delos Santos, is fond of using for his wedding gowns.
Eric Delos Santos
What started out as a challenge became a signature for Iloilo-bred fashion designer, Eric Delos Santos. A client wanted piña fabric for her gown and he enjoyed using it since then, finding himself falling in love with local fabrics, especially hablon, a local fabric from Iloilo.
The young talented designer wasn’t supposed to be one at first. He was plucked from his dream of becoming a corporate lawyer when his mother had a heart operation. She needed someone to manage their tailoring and furniture businesses in Iloilo, so Eric had no choice but to go back to his hometown, and from there, he never looked back.
One of the most exciting and life-changing experiences Eric has had was when he was chosen to be one of the Philippine representatives to the International Young Fashion Designers Competition in Paris in 2005. From then on, there was no stopping. Designing wedding gowns became his forte. “I love building relationships with the bride and groom and it’s exciting for me to be a part of the most important event of their lives,” he shares.
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Eric not only plays the role of a designer, he is also the type who sincerely wants to become friends with his clients. He makes sure that he helps in the process of choosing what’s best for the bride. Meeting them personally, attending fittings with them despite his very busy schedule, and getting to know them so that their personalities shine through more than the gowns, making sure that his designs are a reflection of them.
But how does a bride choose which gown suits her best? “Make sure your style is in tune with that of the designer’s, that you are comfortable with your designer and that you can talk to him or her about anything,” Eric advises. When asked if he has turned down a client, he honestly answers “Yes. Because if our looks or styles don't match, I suggest other designers who could best meet their needs.”
“As long as I can still do all the work and get inspired by the brides, I will not stop creating wedding gowns.” Indeed, for Eric, it’s not just about his design, because after all, a wedding, for him, is always about the bride.