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Dubai Fashion Week FW23: Michael Cinco on Finding Inspiration in the Duomo di Milano

As Dubai Fashion Week FW23 neared its end, Michael Cinco presented a collection inspired by the Duomo di Milano – an iconic cathedral renowned for its transcendent gothic architecture.


Michael Cinco. Photo: Jeremy Zaessinger

The Dubai-based couturier is known for creating gowns that exude timeless regality and maximalist glamour loved by some of the biggest names on the planet. Intricate designs, Swarovski embellishments, and the most luxe fabrics are only a few of the elements that make this Filipino designer’s creations one-of-a-kind.


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Read on to know all about Michael Cinco’s Dubai Fashion Week FW23 show.

Tell us more about your collection being showcased at Dubai Fashion Week.

The Duomo di Milano is a symbol of beauty, elegance, and grace. The stunning architecture of the iconic cathedral provides an endless source of inspiration. The intricate carvings, delicate lacework, and soaring arches of the cathedral offer a wealth of possibilities for a collection that seeks to capture its essence. I wanted to pay tribute to this beautiful place through pieces that pay homage to this timeless masterpiece of architecture and help ensure its legacy endures for generations to come. The showcased collection reveals a variety of jackets, with each one of them having an intricate design and unique embroidery work that reflects the gothic architecture of the Duomo di Milano. The collection predominantly featured black and grey hues and was embellished with stunning Swarovski crystals that added an extra touch of glamour. Notably, this collection differed from previous ones, as it included pre-a-porter pieces that could be effortlessly worn throughout the day and night, for various occasions.

What kind of woman are your designs made for?

The collection has been carefully selected for women who are modern and feminine yet bold and royal. These are women who are not afraid to make a statement and stand out from the crowd.

How does it feel to be a part of the inaugural Dubai Fashion Week?

Dubai Fashion Week has set a high bar for itself, having earned the distinction of being the fifth most significant global event in the fashion industry. As a Dubai-based brand with over 25 years of experience, Michael Cinco is honored to participate in this prestigious event, which provides a platform for designers to express their creativity freely and boldly. The Dubai government’s support and inspiration have played a significant role in creating an environment that fosters business growth, and I would like to express my gratitude to them. This event is a celebration of the visionary leaders who have worked tirelessly to make Dubai the modern, safe, and vibrant place it is today.

Name one regional and international celebrity you would love to see in your designs.

It has always been my dream to dress my favorite actress Cate Blanchett, alongside Nadine Nassib Njem in our region.

What’s next for your brand?

Michael Cinco‘s strategy for growth involves introducing a pret-a-porter collection that caters to women of all backgrounds, as well as expanding into accessories and fragrances. The brand recently launched a line of high-end jewelry featuring contemporary and daring designs that embody the couture spirit for which it is renowned. Additionally, the brand is also venturing into the fragrance industry with diverse scents.

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