TIME: Friday, 21 October 2016 - 21:00
LOCATION: HALL 1
The Manila-born designer comes full circle as he shares with his compatriots the qualities that make him one of the major proponents in the recognition and advancement of Filipino talents in the international fashion arena.
EZRA has always been fascinated by fashion at an early age. He was fond of watching the black and white movies and the couture dresses of the 40’s – 50’s gave him so much inspiration. He always observes woman around him, look at how they dress and what they wear and started sketching designs at a very early age during his grade school year. Right after high school, EZRA decided to take Fine Arts at the Philippine Women’s University. Thereafter, he took up a Fashion Design course at Slim’s Fashion and Arts School.
After a very brief stint in Manila, the young designer found himself in Saudi Arabia – the lure of a great career and the possibility to widen his horizons beckoned. And it wasn't long before the discerning Arab women-clientele took notice and embraced his style mantra.
It was in the early 90's when he was offered to join one of the leading fashion houses in Dubai. He continued where he left off in his last turf and thrived even more as he enthralled an even bigger, more illustrious clientele base. He likewise joined design competitions in the region and single-handedly won plaudits for the fashion house. For more than a decade he consistently made a mark and established his renown as synonymous to elegance and all things beautiful.
But not one to rest on his laurels, he subsequently took a leave of absence and satiated his thirst for even more knowledge as he embarked on further studies at the Central St. Martin's in London. He took an extensive graduate course in Cutting and Draping and finished with distinction. Then eventually, back in Dubai, revitalized and overflowing with inspiration, he decided it was about time he starts on his own. And so, in 2004 Ezra Santos finally took the plunge and hasn’t looked back since. Armed with true grit, sheer talent and the conviction of making his own mark in the global fashion industry, he opened his own atelier in Wasl Road off Jumeirah Beach Road in Dubai, UAE.
For ten years now, and growing strong as ever, he creates haute couture masterpieces that are at par or even surpassing his contemporaries in the international fashion arena, in terms of quality, silhouette, cut, adornments and meticulous attention to details.