FASHION designing is not for everyone. It is meant for those who have a rare sight and fondness for the works of art.
Art can only be understood and appreciated by those who have inclination and talents which can be honed by time and experience.
Negrense world-renowned fashion designer Kirsten Regalado who was born and raised in the town of La Castellana, Negros Occidental has made a name in the world of fashion designing.
She simply designs the gowns and wardrobes worn by Miss Universe candidates of foreign nationalities including the national flag-inspired gown of Miss Universe Philippines candidate Rabiya Mateo which she uses for her special appearances and photoshoots.
Kirsten moved to the US in 2002 and began a career in fashion designing that led her to design wardrobe for celebrities and designer brands such as Gucci.
In Yuhom's online interview with the world-class fashion designer, she heartily shared how she began her journey to fashion.
CNC: You are from La Castellana and you have successfully invaded the world through fashion designing. What motivated you to pursue a career in fashion designing?
Kirsten: La Castellana is a town with many inspirations. You go out you see nature. One day, I saw my mom hang the clothes in a line to dry in between the trees. I saw the billowing of the fabrics. I gathered my little friends, wrapped them with blankets, and let them march on top of our bed. I was the fashion show director in a mock pageant. I believe that everyone deserved a spotlight.
CNC: It's amazing to learn that you have made waves in the world of fashion. What are the Negrense traits that enabled you to reach the best in your chosen career?
Kirsten: Courage, passion, and humility. As a Negrense, we like to make people happy. We strive hard to be a better version of ourselves. We focus on the positive side of life. We always give back and are grateful for the ones who supported us along the way.
CNC: You have conquered the universe through your designs and creations which were paraded not just by Filipina Ms. Universe candidate(s) but also by other nationalities who are also taking their chance to win the crown.
Kirsten: This year, I’ll be dressing Miss Universe Armenia Monika Grigoryan's evening gown; Miss Universe Iceland Elìsabet Hulda Snorradottir's national costume; Miss Mauritius Vandana Jetta's evening gown, including other national costumes and other outfits.
CNC: You were gifted by God to be the best in your chosen career and you also gave opportunities to the local talents and even the artworks of children which were highlighted in your designer gowns. Did you feel the need to also open great opportunities for the greenhorns and learners to hone their talents by giving them the rare experience to collaborate with your works?
Kirsten: I mentored children and young student designers to help them prepare for their final exams and fashion shows.
CNC: What inspirations can you share with those who aspire to be like you in the field of fashion designing especially the Negrense talents?
Kirsten: I got my inspiration from nature. I believe that God is the original fashion designer. Just look around you, you see swatches and amazing colors. Be kind. It’s important to be kind to your clients. Your goal is to highlight their beauty and make them happy.