Filipina fashion-designer Pia Gladys Perey is making waves with her work internationally, as her designs proved a success at last week's LA Fashion Week.
Her "luxury and romance"-themed Fall/Winter collection premiered last week at her first solo show in Los Angeles. She has previously caught the eyes of Hollywood A-listers Angelina Jolie, Kim Kardashian, Gabrielle Union, Eva Longoria, and Carrie Underwood, among others.
Perey enthuses, "[This show] is another chance to showcase the Filipino talent."
With her start beginning in Australia after completing two internships with Australian designers back in 2007, she had gained the attention of many fashion critics, leading her to launch her label on the runaway of the Rosemont Australian Fashion Week in 2007, and then in Miami and New York in the years following.
Often inspired by the natural curves of women, she is proud to say her collection is proudly made in the Philippines.
“Everything I design is made here [in the Philippines],” she stated. “Wherever I go, I always try to tell everyone I’m Filipino. It’s a conscious effort for me because my last name is deceiving. They think I’m from Australia because I was based there for two years but I always correct them and say I’m from the Philippines.”
Mau Mauricio, the husband of Au Mauricio – who was responsible for the make-up styling in Perey's show in addition to being Pia's official photographer - stated, "The show is all about Pinoy Pride. And we’re looking forward to seeing another Filipino designer mount a solo show at LA Fashion Week."
As Perey's designs often flatter many stars who frequently attend red carpet events, they will be pleased to know how glamorous yet comfortable her dresses are.
Daphne Wayans, star of the "Hollywood Exes" even gushes, “It’s so ultra-comfortable but I also I feel extra-everything, extra-special in this. I love this. I’m not paid to say that. I love it."
Although this Filipina is taking over the world and receiving global appeal, Perey confesses in an interview with Balitang America's Yong Chavez, “I’m very happy but at the same time, I always never forget what my grandfather and grandmother told me, ‘never forget where you came from.’ So I’m still the same."