“Moving to the Middle East was a big leap for me; the region is a haven of haute couture. In my first job in Dubai, I reinvented the image of a slightly staid fashion house, and succeeded in injecting new fashion nuances. Now, it’s great to know that the elite fashionistas of Dubai eventually recognized my passion for fashion.” – Michael Cinco
Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco is best known for his fabulous couture gowns. His expensive, intricate and glamorous designs catapulted him to the front ranks of fashion.
Innate creativity and masterful techniques is what makes his work so loved. Cinco cultivates luxury and extravagance with his designs, with their fresh, elegant and detailed juxtapositions of fabric and Swarovski crystals.
Michael Cinco was born in Catbalogan City, Philippines in 1971. Furthermore was the first Filipino designer to be featured on America’s Next Top Model.
Cinco went to SLIMS Fashion and Arts School in the Philippines. He further specialized in fashion and pattern making at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London.
The Filipino designer moved to Dubai in 1997 to open up his own couture house. He established Michael Cinco Haute Couture in 2003.
Michael’s celebrity clients include: Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Nicole Scherzinger, Fergie Ferguson, Dita Von Teese, Brandy, Ashanti, Chris Brown, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell and many more.
Michael was chosen by Asian Couture Federation to be one of the elite members of the best designers in Asia headed by Kenzo Tanaka and ACF President Dr. Frank Cintamani.
In November, 2011, he also won the Breakthrough Designer award from the WGSN Global Fashion Awards held in Gotham Hall, New York.
Even more, Michael had won the People’s Choice Award at Dubai Fashion Week 2010.
He was also chosen as one of the top movers in Dubai in the Ahlan Hot 100 in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016.