Michael Cinco

'Impalpable Couture'

SCAD Museum of Art presents the first solo museum exhibition of Michael Cinco, the Philippine-born, Dubai-based fashion designer. Cinco is best known for his opulent gowns that combine Swarovski crystals, precise beadwork, and embroidery with masterful craftsmanship to great effect. His stunning designs have secured elite clients who  commission glamorous, one-of-a-kind pieces. This exhibition explores Cinco’s unique global perspective, evident in his use of French couture techniques alongside traditional Filipino textiles and embroidery methods.

Signature image for Michael Cinco exhibition at SCAD Museum of Art
Michael Cinco, "The Impalpable Dream of Versailles," fall/winter 2017-18. Photo by Tina Patni.

About the artist

Truly an international designer, Cinco has shown his work in fashion capitals such as Dubai, Los Angeles, New York, and Paris to name a few. A 2014 presidential award winner for Outstanding Filipinos Overseas, Cinco is part of the Asian Couture Federation, an exclusive organization of the best designers in Asia. Growing up on the island of Samar in the Philippines, Cinco found early inspiration in glamorous Hollywood stars such as Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford, and Audrey Hepburn. Now, today’s celebrities come to his Dubai design studio in search of his impalpable, ethereal creations. On view at SCAD Museum of Art are pieces worn by Beyoncé, Aishwarya Rai, Jennifer Lopez, Lady Gaga, and Sofia Vergara to performances and prestigious international red-carpet events, from the Met Gala to the Cannes Film Festival and Golden Globes.

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Impalpable Couture, curated by Rafael Gomes, director of fashion exhibitions at SCAD FASH Museum of Fashion + Film, grants visitors an exclusive, intimate look at the details that make Cinco’s work extraordinary.

Museum Admission

The exhibition is free for museum members and SCAD students, faculty and staff with a valid SCAD Card. Open to the public with the cost of museum admission.

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