Face-Off with Mike Yapch­ing

Sun.Star Cebu Weekend - - Fashion - Michael Karlo Lim:

There are those born with a sil­ver spoon in their mouths. Mike Yapch­ing could have very well been born with a spool of thread, in­stead. Raised by his fam­ily of seam­stresses in Cebu City, he found mean­ing in his im­mer­sion in fab­rics and sewing ma­chines only in his teens. “I was pretty blasé about it, but it was dur­ing high school that I re­al­ized it was fun mak­ing dresses. The way I was able to cre­ate some­thing that moves and comes to life from a piece of 2D ma­te­rial was an in­stant high.”

An un­der­grad­u­ate at the Uni­ver­sity of San

Car­los – TC, he is pri­mar­ily self-taught in fash­ion de­sign. He cred­its his fam­ily ex­pe­ri­ence for his early ed­u­ca­tion which was bol­stered by his own keen in­ter­est and on­line re­sources. “I like watch­ing sewing tu­to­ri­als be­cause I mostly learn from there, apart from tech­ni­cally think­ing it in my head.” He also cred­its friend and men­tor Ed­win Ao for help­ing him hone his re­search style and de­sign con­cep­tu­al­iza­tion.

Mike finds in­spi­ra­tion any­where and is most in­spired when he is in front of his body form. “It is where I’d know that a cer­tain dart or fold here and there would look good for my taste. I try not to limit my­self to a cer­tain point of view when it comes to do­ing a col­lec­tion.”

For a series in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Con­verse All-Star, he wanted to chan­nel that same phi­los­o­phy of in­no­va­tion of ma­te­rial while still keep­ing true to the base, clas­sic form. De­con­struct­ing clas­si­cal suits and in­cor­po­rat­ing tex­tured, shred­ded de­tails to a dress, he used grom­mets or eye­lets as in­spired by the clo­sure of the All-Star.

In one, he soft­ened a usu­ally stiff three-piece suit with the in­cor­po­ra­tion of var­sity jacket de­tails to the sleeves and the up­per back of the suit jacket. The slouchy and very light ny­lon gave it a ca­sual feel.

In an­other, he went for a full-on de­con­struc­tion but still kept the tai­lor­ing sharp. Sleeves were re­moved, and the en­tire back was slashed.

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