Young fashion designer Joshua Asuncion creates endangered species-inspired gowns

Filipino freelance fashion designer Joshua Asuncion used to practice designing gowns with the use of borrowed color pencils. Philippine Eagle-inspired fashion illustration from ARTsuncion Facebook page.

Young Filipino fashion designer Joshua Asuncion has created gowns inspired by some of the Philipines’ endangered species such as Tarsier, Dugong, and Philippine Eagle – much to the delight of netizens who saw the compilation on social media.

The gown designs posted in early July on the young designer’s Facebook page, “ARTsuncion,” garnered attention and positive comments from netizens.

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Other endangered species from the Philippines featured in his gown designs are: Palawan Peacock Pheasants, Hawksbill Turtles, Mindoro Tamaraw, Visayan-spotted Dear, Walden’s Hornbill, and Mindoro/Negros Bleeding Heart.

A netizen even likened Asuncion’s Philippine wildlife creations to the hit animation series 101 Dalmatians’ Cruella de Vil-vibes – though they hoped that no animal skin/fur/feather will be used as materials of the gown pieces.

Bohol’s Tarsier-inspired fashion illustration. Credits to ARTsuncion.

Some said the ARTsuncion designs can be used as the national costume of the Philippines for the next Miss Universe pageant.

“Maraming salamat po sa lahat ng naka-appreciate ng mga designs ko. May babalik-balikan na ako pag pinanghihinaan ako ng loob (Many thanks to everyone who appreciated my designs. Now I have something to look back on whenever I feel discouraged),” Asuncion said on social media in response to the netizens’ appreciation of his designs.

Palawan Peacock Pheasant-inspired fashion illustration. Credits to ARTsuncion.

Asuncion shared on Facebook that he started to dream of becoming a fashion designer when he was only six years old. He used to practice designing gowns with the use of borrowed color pencils.

After years of observing fashion, the aspiring Filipino fashion designer revealed that he only had the guts to practice his passion this year.

Hawksbill Turtle-inspired fashion illustration. Credits to ARTsuncion.

“Pangarap ko lang noon, pangarap ko parin hanggang ngayon (It’s been my dream. The dream remains),” Asuncion said.

Joshua Asuncion also created gown designs inspired by Philippine flowers and leaves.

WATCH how Joshua Asuncion created the Palawan-inspired gown designs in this video and TELL US in the comments below your suggestions for future inspirations!

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Nicole Anne D. Del Rosario is a fresh AB Communication graduate with specialization in Public Relations. She is a former campus journalist and Rappler intern who loves to contribute to the society by writing the history-in-the-making. Nicole believes in the power of journalism and supports a free press.