Bringing together two creative minds, Mark Bumgarner x Love Marie offers 40 dresses’ worth of wearable art
by Cessi Treñas | Art by Alexandra Lara and MEGA Magazine
Fashion has long forged its romance with art. 1937 saw Elsa Schiaparelli’s whimsical aesthetic mingling with Dali’s equally imaginative visions, while Piet Mondrian’s geometric abstracts—arguably the first form of color-blocking—inspired the likes of Hermès and Yves Saint Laurent as early as the 1930s. Contemporary fashion has shown no decrease in its affections, what with Louis Vuitton regularly opening its doors to artistic affairs. The beginning of 2016 marks the blossoming of yet another testament to and fashion’s longstanding love, and in the local scene, no less. Celebrated for his ultra-femme take on womenswear, designer Mark Bumgarner has joined forces with his muse Heart Evangelista, ushering in a new era for Philippine fashion with Mark Bumgarner x Love Marie.
Built on the concept of femininity, the collection is made up of 40 dresses. 15 of the said pieces are hand-painted by Evangelista, who has chosen to go by her real name Love Marie. Both a reversion and a coming-of-age of sorts for the celebrity and artist, Heart’s return to her off-screen alter ego is symbolic of her longing to return to who she truly is behind the artista facade: a young girl with big aspirations.
Both dynamic minds brimming with creativity, it was only a matter of time until Mark and Love Marie partnered up to blur the thin line between fashion and the arts. Going from designer and client to friends to design partners, the pair credits the inception of their team to the woman who introduced them, Love Marie’s stylist Kat Cruz-Villanueva.
The full collection will be launched on January 18th at the Dusit Thani Hotel, with some of the pieces going up for auction. The proceeds will benefit two foundations that Love Marie personally supports, the Corridor of Hope Foundation and Thalassemia International Association.
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