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Yes, Nino and Nina. This couple came to us after getting engaged looking for a wedding dress for Nina. The dress. Just one look at her and we knew what dress to offer. It was a perfect fit!

We were already so grateful that she trusted us with the most important dress of her life, so you can just imagine how happy we were when she asked us to make her entourage dresses as well. So much pressure, but very rewarding in the end.

Thank you, Nino and Nina! Congratulations on the beautiful wedding and have an even more beautiful life together.

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If you follow our posts then surely you would¬†recognize this flawless face. She’s our go-to model for every photoshoot. She’s a dear friend, and now she will forever be called Mrs. Long.

 

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Thank you for trusting us with your entourage, Tata!

 

We love weddings. Small, intimate, grand, simple, quirky. Whatever the style, whoever the people are, we love them. It must be the idea of celebrating a couple’s love for one another that really got us inspired to do this. To create RAZA. To get inspiration from them and create something uniquely theirs, something that will make their day even more special, albeit through fashion.

And what can be more inspiring for the RAZA team than to create a collection for our muse? For our very fist client who saw us make mistake after mistake and still encouraged us to pursue our dream by asking us to continue making gowns for her. Chi Donato, our very loyal client finally got married. And boy were we inspired.

Our task was pretty daunting. To create her entourage gowns based on her simple theme: industrial. Yes that’s right, our muse is a modern bride. It was a dream project for us. As much as we love the flowy, dreamy styles of most brides when it comes to gowns, making gowns with a modern flair was a welcome challenge. We’d like to believe we were able to rise to that challenge. From the colors, to the fabric, to the cuts of the gowns, we believe we were able to create a look that most have not seen for an entourage. Think modern, architecture, lines, and sophistication.

So while we do love all the gowns we make there are just some that really make us proud to be designers. This was definitely one of them. Congratulations again to our muse! May your married life be filled with more joy and adventures!

*special mention goes to John Herrera who made Chi’s beautiful gown and who was also my teacher and design mentor during my younger years!
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our muse and the beautiful bride

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structural details of the gowns

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Here’s a great article by Rain Dagala for MEG Magazine a few months back. It gives some good points on what to expect when you come over to a designer for a design consult.

WITH ALL DUE RESPECT
There’s a difference between a seamstress and a designer. A designer will make an outfit based on an agreed collaboration between the two of you. A seamstress will do an outfit solely based on what you asked her to create or duplicate.

PERSONAL MATTERS
It is best if the designer you will be working with has an aesthetic close to yours. Know what you like.

SIGNATURE LOOK
While generally, designers can be flexible in terms of design, most of them are known for a certain look, and you should be aware of that. It manages your expectations.

KNOCK KNOCK
While designers can be inspired by a certain runway look (bring pegs with you!), allow them to tweak the design for you. This is where their expertise comes in. If you want an exact same look as your peg, go to a seamstress instead.

THE PRICE YOU PAY
In the Philippines, a designer can be more flexible with the prices. Just open up about your budget and discuss it with them. When negotiating, make sure that the final price you settled at justifies the amount of work that will be done for you.

FIT TO A TEE
Allow the designer to take your measurements to ensure good fit.

LEAVE IT TO THE EXPERT
Say what you want to say politely, but listen to the designer’s advice. When he/she says that a certain cut, neckline or silhouette will not work for you, believe it.

LITTLE MISS PUNCTUALITY
Go to your fitting on time. Out of courtesy, if you can’t make it, make sure that you let the designer know in advance.

BASES COVERED
To have a better output, wearing an underwear that is closer to the actual thing you will put on when you wear your outfit is best. Bring heels as well.

TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE
Give the designer ample time to complete the dress, so that quality isn’t compromised. Apart from that, designers normally charge higher for rush work.