Modepilot for DfT: Finalist Ramil Makinano – Neon Space Fantasia

As a child, Ramil preferred watching ‘Style with Elsa Klensch’ on CNN to basketball, which caused a few arguments with his brother. The fashion-mad Philippine initially opted for a ‘proper’ profession by training to be a nurse in Manila. Once he had qualified, he went to London.

After seven years of working for the National Health Service, during which he constantly added to his fashion portfolio, Ramil applied for a place at Central Saint Martin College – and he got one! Once there, he played around with different printing techniques and did internships at Matthew Williamson in London and Diane von Furstenberg in New York. Ramil is particularly interested in the research side of putting together a collection. His final collection, which placed him among the five ‘Designer for Tomorrow’ finalists, was inspired by the Tower of London, visits to galleries and Star Wars costumes (Marc Jacobs liked that a lot!).

His collection look imitates Star Wars storm trooper uniforms (white/black) … and incorporates a Thatcher caricature: “The iron lady stands for a strong and powerful woman”, said the talented young designer. The entire neon colour spectrum is featured in his collection and there is an abundance of pleated neoprene, plus rocket prints, band collars and shoulder pads. The most surprising thing about the collection is that Ramil dyed all the fabrics except the neoprene (silk and cotton jersey) in pure and bold colours himself, and he also printed them himself. He calls his collection “Pleats in fashion prints”. When he got the opportunity to show Marc Jacobs his work he was rendered speechless. The professional designer commented, “I’m really shocked… this is really great.”

Ramil‘s next collection will be on an entirely different theme: featuring muted shades of wood and denim with lots of plastic studs and braided rubber. “I like texture,” said Ramil summarising what his designs all have in common. His role models are Nicolas Ghesquière, Miuccia Prada, Marc Jacobs and Mary Katrantzou.


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