Princess Bride Urduja

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I first saw Ulysses King’s Princess Urduja hand painted gown in the 2018 Mister and Miss Republic of the Philippines gala night.  Over the years, there was a wave of Filipiniana fashion with designers interpreting the terno complete with detachable or built in butterfly sleeves.  Ulysses King took another direction by bringing in hand-painted design on a seemingly naive pink long tube gown.




The Princess Urduja Gown gown is inspired by the paintings created by National Artist, Fernando Amorsolo depicting Princess Urduja , a legendary warrior princess who is recognized as a heroine in Pangasinan from the 14th century Philippines. Most of the details of the clothing and weaponry came from the designer’s imagination. The main material is mikado silk with handpainted image of Princess Urduja, accentuated with crystal beads.

For our fashion editorial, we supposed, what if we turn Urduja into a princess bride? She would probably break stereotypes of a white wedding gown an with strong features, the real fierce warrior that she was.  And pink to bring in the contradictions that strong as she is, there must be a feminine side to her.  Wearing the gown is Cindy Marriah Dumol, Miss Republic of the Philippines 2018.


Presented by Rene Mouris Watch Designer: Ulysses King Photography: Sensei Miyaki Photography Art Direction: Nomer Yuzon Hair & Make up : La Provence Team Earrings : Christopher Munar Style coordination: Bernard Saligao Production assistance: JC Flotildes Model: Cindy Marriah Dumol  Special thanks: Mister & Miss Republic of the Philippines Dr. Rom Aromin & Lynette Padolina Frank Ong & Kris Garcia Therese Heather Ong Mehdi Moussaoui Location: Residence of Architect Dan Lichauco

The gown is available at Vatican Cinderella,2F Glorietta 3 Mall, Makati City, Philippines



Vatican Prêt-à-Porter


Fun.  Easy.  Festive.  This is the 2017 Holiday Collection of Vatican Fashion Museum now available at Cinderella, 2F, Glorietta Mall, Makati City, Philippines.

Vatican fashion museum’s big boss Ulysses King reveals that this holiday should be “comfortable, functional and fashionably chic” with mix and match clothing previously thought of as a no, no!

Well now it is a yes, yes! with fun polka and easy checks.  In the photo, is Arnold Galang’s collection which I shot a few weeks back in Manila.

The VATICAN label is designed for people with sophisticated fashion sense in search for garments that complement their dynamic lifestyle and professional goals.

They appreciate creativity and quality and find styles for both work and pleasure.  They are confident and smart. They know the role of fashion and style They work hard, play hard. They are passionate and pro-active winners!

Hair & makeup by my creative tandem Chris Delfin and styling was done by Nio Manzano.  Accessories featured in the shoot are by Toni & Berne.  It was a pleasure working with SMMA Model Alexis Sale.

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