Dubai-based Filipino designer Michael Cinco is best known for his fabulous couture gowns. His innate creativity and masterful techniques have catapulted him to the front ranks of fashion. He has cultivated a dedicated following for the luxe and intricacy of his designs, with their fresh, elegant and detailed juxtapositions of fabric and Swarovski crystals.
Celebrities who wore Michael Cinco include Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Aishwarya Rai, Nick Jonas, James McAvoy, Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki, Carrie Underwood, Sofia Vergara, Mila Kunis, Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Ellie Goulding, Allison Janney, Paloma Faith, Nicole Scherzinger, Fergie Ferguson, Dita Von Teese, Brandy, Ashanti, Chris Brown, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell. Jennifer Lopez wore a crystallized Michael Cinco couture when she hosted American Music Awards in 2015. Sofia Vergara wore a stunning Michael Cinco gown at the Golden Globes 2013, who was voted Best Dressed by many TV shows and magazines in the US. British pop star Paloma Faith wore his couture dress at the MET Gala in New York. Michael also designed several costumes for Mila Kunis for the sci-fi blockbuster movie Jupiter Ascending. Michael is a favorite designer of Bollywood superstar Aishwarya Rai where she wore fabulous couture gowns at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017 and 2018 where he also dressed up some famous actresses and models at the prestigious event. Oscar winner Allison Janney wore Michael Cinco when she won Best Supporting Actress in Critic’s Choice Awards 2018. Hollywood actors and singers who wore Michael Cinco are James Mc Avoy, Nick Jonas, Chris Brown, Michael Murphy, Jason Derulo, Steve Aoki , Latin band CNCO and other male celebrities.
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 2014 Michael was conferred with PRESIDENTIAL AWARD for Outstanding Filipinos Overseas by President Benigno Aquino Jr. for his exemplification of the talent and industry which the Philippines has to offer to the world. He was also awarded PEOPLE of the YEAR Award in 2020.
In 2019 Michael became the first ever Filipino fashion designer to feature his first ever solo fashion exhibition in SCAD Museum of Arts in Savannah, Georgia USA. He collaborated with Ballet Philippines to showcased his biggest and grandest fashion show called The Impalpable Dream of SWAN LAKE in Manila, Philippines.
Michael appeared in the US hit reality show AMERICA’s NEXT TOP MODEL Cycle 16 and All-Star Cycle 17 finale hosted by Tyra Banks. He was also chosen as guest designer and guest judge in the new reality show ASIA’s NEXT TOP MODEL in 2013 and CHINA’s NEXT TOP MODEL in 2015 which was highly endorsed by Tyra Banks.
In November 2011, he won the BREAKTHROUGH DESIGNER Award from the WGSN Global Fashion Awards held in Gotham Hall, New York, against top contenders. Michael won the Best Designer award in Grazia’s Style Awards 2016. Michael had won the People’s Choice Award at Dubai Fashion Awards 2010. He was chosen as one of the top movers in Dubai in the Ahlan Hot 100 in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2016 and in ILLUSTRADO’s Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf for four consecutive years. He was featured in Philippine Airlines’ inflight magazine MABUHAY as well as featured in the airline 2019 Calendar as Dubai’s fashion icon.
Michael debuted his Autumn-Winter Collection 2016 at the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week. He wowed audiences at Dubai Fashion Week, Miami Fashion Week, LA Fashion Week, Singapore Fashion Week, Perth Fashion Week, Philippine Fashion Week and did shows in Moscow, Montenegro, New York and London.
Michael Cinco launched his first, ever perfume called, IMPALPABLE, in 2012. In 2015, he launched his first ever limited edition underwear collection for international brand BENCH.
Born on August 27, 1971, Michael Cinco grew up enthralled by the glamour of the women of classic Hollywood movies. The impeccable elegance and sophistication of Marlene Dietrich, Grace Kelly, Joan Crawford, and Audrey Hepburn created an indelible impression on his formative design imagination. In the picturesque island of Samar, in the Philippines, the young Cinco would indulge in games of dress-up with his Hollywood muses: “I pictured those fabulous heroines and imagined dressing them up in my creations. I chased after those visions….”
“Moving to the Middle East was a big leap for me, the region is a haven of haute couture,” he recalls. “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.”
In 2002, Michael went to Paris and London to seek out more fashion inspiration. The new landscape brought him renewed vigour for the arts, fashion and the social scene. His fascination for London’s mix of old tradition and contemporary edginess made him stay there for a time. He decided to study at the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design. Armed with newer and fresher ideas and geared toward new challenges, he returned to Dubai and established his own label MICHAEL CINCO Dubai in 2003.
Michael Cinco revels in giving out this quote: “A Michael Cinco woman is moneyed. She may not be born into royalty but she better be married into one. My clothes appear seamless. They look heavy and yet they float. They look expensive simply because they are”.