It was a packed house at the SCAD Museum of Art Theater for Michael Cinco’s “A Conversation with Miss J Alexander," which took a first-hand look at Cinco’s creative process as a fashion designer.
The designer with an Atelier in Dubai was excited for the opening of his first solo exhibition and was quite encouraging to students during the Q&A. “I want people to be a part of the dream I have dreamt," Cinco said. "When I am creating a collection, I am dreaming it. I am dreaming of a woman attending her first ball. A woman walking into a palace and making an entrance. A woman who is getting married. I am dreaming. When I am finished with said collection I want to go back and start again. That’s passion.”
Get Savannah arts and culture news delivered to your inbox: Sign up for our morning, afternoon and Dine newsletters 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. “Lady Gaga was the first celebrity to wear one of my designs," he said. "She was the first one to wear my couture and made the world take notice. From there, Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna and many more. I could say that I need to thank Instagram. It has been a great tool to reach out and show my work and collections."
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. The exhibition explores Cinco's unique global perspective, evident in his use of French couture techniques alongside traditional Filipino textiles and embroidery methods.
A must see would be the voluminous, fairytale-worthy number worn by Aishwarya Rai to the Cannes Film Festival in 2017, a dress that turned the actress into a modern-day storybook princess. On exhibit as well is a dress worn by Jennifer Lopez to the 2015 Music Awards which celebrates simple lines while dripping in elegance with beading and encrusted crystals.
One of the most complex pieces on display at the museum would be the cape worn by Jennifer Lopez during the 'Tonight Show' tribute to Orlando shooting victims. The hand painted cape appears to irradiate light from within and Cinco said it took six months and 100 artisans to complete the 20-foot in length couture piece, which is modeled after the stained glass of the Sainte-Chapelle royal chapel in France, and is embroidered with handmade silk, and embedded with 10,000 Swarovski crystals.
"I never dreamed my clothes would be in a museum, but I'm glad and I'm so lucky," said Cinco about his exhibit. Designers previously showcased by SCAD Museums include Vivienne Westwood, Carolina Herrera and Guo Pei.
The exhibition is on view now until January 5th, 2020.