Saturday, September 17, 2011

The Wa Lolita Way

I've been meaning to write this entry hoping I could chase the loneliness away. I thought that if I gave myself time to reminisce and look back I would stop feeling so empty. My work is one of the things that have kept me sane. I've been trying not to mourn my move to California. I've been trying not to feel so detached. And yes, I've been trying to make myself believe that I had not been forgotten.

My dresses, they are the strings that lead me back to my clients, my friends, my life: my entire experience of being there. To an extent, they are my diaries. Written in them are the persons and places I have come to cherish. They remind me of the sleepless nights I spent sewing, my dog Popert staying up as late as I did, my boyfriend always a text a way. They remind me of my trips to the local malls, Market Market and SM Megamall, places where I bought my materials and sold the finished pieces to clients and friends. They remind me of the events I attended wearing them, from formal photoshoots which I and my friends organized, to simple self-captures using my camera phone.

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The first Wa Lolita ensemble I made.
Shoot in Little Tokyo, Makati, with Chai and Luisa.
Purchased and worn by Jannelle.
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The first and currently only one piece Wa Lolita I made. The fabric was from my Gramma.
Selfcapture in my brother's room, and my early experience of wearing wigs.
Purchased by Miaow, met her for the first time at Bubble Tea, SM Megamall.
Handed down to Neko, Miaow's sister in law, hehe. :)
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Wa Punk Lolita, commissioned by Miaow. 
This time when we met up we had a little meal at Bubble Tea. 
Upon leaving I received a text saying not being able to wait to get home, she tried on the dress set at the restroom and loved it. :D
Had a mini shoot with her friends,
wore it to Ozine Fest Day 3,
and had photos with Neko, who was also wearing the Peacock dress. 

 With the Wa Punk, I was finally able to realize my style which was mixing prints. Within a month before my departure to the US, I was able to finish two dress sets following the said design aesthetic. 

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One was the Candy Color Set which also emphasized my extreme fondness of ruffles.
Of course it took more time to make them but it was always worth it.
I wore the dress to my Farewell/ Despedida Party held at UP Diliman. 
It was bittersweet. I wished I had spent more time with my friends, more time knowing other people.

It then became one of the first dresses I sold here in the US, along with the Golden Summer Set:
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one of my favorites when it comes to pattern mixing.
It was the first dress I shot with my first dSLR,

and it was nothing short of life changing.

I still have those sleepless nights but they aren't for sewing anymore as I don't want to wake the apartments' other tenants. I still sew but finish slower. I think the night really is my inspiration as I could only do so little during the day. I get my fabrics and materials online now, as I haven't resumed my driving lessons and the stores are just so far away. I wish I could commute instead of waiting for days for my online purchases to arrive, instead of waiting for my Dad or brother to come home and drive me. If there is one thing though, one thing I am happy about moving, it has to be the money. I earn more than I ever did back in the Philippines. I get to buy not only what I needed and wanted but also what my mother needed and wanted! I could actually send her money to help pay the bills back home. And that is what I have always wanted - to be able to give what my family wants. I am glad I am able to do that now and I am glad Popert gets all the more spoiled. :)

Moreover, contrary to my little whines earlier, I've become more passionate in sewing as I have access to the prettiest (and priciest) fabrics and tools. I want to design more because of these materials, I want to make more, explore more, experiment more. 

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One of the happiest things that has happened to me here is this: a commissioned wedding Wa Lolita Set. :)

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And finally, the most recent Wa Lolita piece I made for a client, a dress for her birthday.

This is why I love my dresses, this is why I love making them. They give me this feeling that I exist, wherever in the world I may be, whoever are wearing them. 

I only included my Wa Lolita dresses for now. I have made several and you could see them in my site. I would be talking about them too, soon. 

12 comments:

  1. and we will always continue to support you Cyril! ♥ :3

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  2. you make it by yourself?
    this is really awesome!
    I'll definitely will following you if you follow me :D
    Decimal Shoes

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  3. Wow this just makes me respect you all the more. It's like people adopt your dresses not buy them, because they all seem to mean something to you in a special way.
    I thought you'd like to know your my artist model for my L3 Art Design broads. (Though that may not mean much to you hehehehe XD)

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  4. I really think your work deserves more attention; I really do. You have such a wonderful cause for your work and such passion. It's very inspiring!
    Being a filipina myself I understand the situation back home is not always good but ganyan talaga ang buhay, I have a lot of respect that you're able to help your parents.

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  5. Wow...was just browsing DA and find one of your pictures...your work is awesome, there is so much love for little details in your designs and I am very impressed how they look.
    I will definetly follow you and can't wait to see more of your work.

    greetings ^0^/

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  6. I really really really love the red one! Uhm the Wa Punk Lolita, that was commissioned by Miaow. >w<" One day, when I become rich, Imma buy it! Or somthing ^^"

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  7. I love those dresses! I'm really into wa-lolita, but that style isn't quite accepted in lolita... You showed how to do it more lolita-like. I just read this again and again, dreaming to have one of those... <3

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  8. Hi! I hope you're reading this too because I'm writing to support you! I am also Filipina, 21 years old, and hoping that I can do the same as you (being able to send back money to my family and give them what they want too). I'm aiming to be a dentist, but I wanted to say that I've always wanted to dress up in your style.

    I love how you mix patterns, and I think that you're VERY good at it. It's so lovely and such a treat to see. It makes me very happy just to read this page and see the pictures. Wa-lolita is perhaps one of my favorites; I really like the unique combination of traditional Japanese styles and lolita fashion.

    I want you to know that I'm wishing all the best for you and your future success, and would love to meet up or hope for a chance to see your work in person if I get into a dental school in southern California!

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  9. Hi! I really like checking your blogs on this page and on tumblr and I admire your designs and the way you dress up :) But it just bothers me that some of the photos has an invalid URL and the others look like this ↓. I hope it will be fixed and I am looking forward for more of your awesome posts! Good Luck and keep on inspiring others ♥♥♥

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  10. Hi! I really like checking your blogs on this page and on tumblr and I admire your designs and the way you dress up :) But it just bothers me that some of the photos has an invalid URL and the others look like this ↓. I hope it will be fixed and I am looking forward for more of your awesome posts! Good Luck and keep on inspiring others ♥♥♥ :))

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  11. Hi! I really like checking your blogs on this page and on tumblr and I admire your designs and the way you dress up :) But it just bothers me that some of the photos has an invalid URL and the others look like this ↓. I hope it will be fixed and I am looking forward for more of your awesome posts! Good Luck and keep on inspiring others ♥♥♥ ;)

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