DE­SIGNER PRO­FILE

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Dreams have al­ways been elu­sive and yet, Kat Cor­pus cap­tures each and ev­ery one that lands on her desk, wait­ing to be given forms of lace, chif­fon, and other in­tri­cate em­broi­dery.

Pho­to­graphs DOC MAR­LON PECJO Di­rec­tion and Styling REYNALDO SAN­TOS & MA TERESA SAN­TOS THE WED­DING STYLIST As­sisted by FAYE RAMOS Make-up AP­PLE FARA-ON Model TA­TIANA YARTSEVA OF WOMEN’S FO­LIO MODEL MAN­AGE­MENT Ac­ce­sories CHRISTO­PHER MUNAR

Dreams have al­ways been elu­sive and yet, Kat Cor­pus cap­tures each and ev­ery one that lands on her desk, wait­ing to be given forms of lace, chif­fon, and other in­tri­cate em­broi­dery. 12 years into the fash­ion in­dus­try, the triedand-trusted de­signer crafts bridal garb for women like a master dream-weaver. What­ever your story, Kat fash­ions your life’s hopes and fan­tasies into time­less, ro­man­tic, el­e­gant pieces that tell per­sonal tales of love and happy end­ings.

Her story, too, started with a dream. As a child, Kat nur­tured what would be her last­ing cu­rios­ity for fash­ion by sketch­ing wed­ding dresses and princess gowns. Later, she would get her break in the in­dus­try de­sign­ing for lo­cal celebri­ties like Lorna To­lentino, Camille Prats, Jaya, and Shaina Mag­dayao for their Sun­day noon­time shows SOP and ASAP. Sleep­less nights and de­mand­ing dead­lines marked her be­gin­nings— “There were a lot of tri­als,” she said, “Es­pe­cially mak­ing clothes for a noon­time show, which re­quired us to fin­ish clothes [in] barely two days, mak­ing all the im­pos­si­ble pos­si­ble”—but that did not keep her from pur­su­ing her child­hood whim.

Fu­eled by her lin­ger­ing am­bi­tions and her own bliss­ful mar­riage, Kat de­cides to take a rest from the TV scene to fi­nally be part of peo­ple’s love sto­ries through what she does best. “My own wed­ding, my own love story is my in­spi­ra­tion. I want ev­ery bride to have that same won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence. My hus­band has al­ways been sup­port­ive of me. He’s been part of ev­ery ac­com­plish­ment,” she gushes, “I’m a hope­less ro­man­tic, so wed­dings really make my heart skip a beat.”

Kat reveres ev­ery woman, and it shows in how she ap­proaches her de­signs. While it is easy to re­sort to tem­plates and trends in a time where clients have be­come more fickle and de­mand­ing, she ex­e­cutes ev­ery re­quest with the pa­tience of a true craftswoman.

She em­ploys hand­crafted tech­niques to en­sure that each de­sign ex­udes a unique, per­sonal touch that not only boasts of the de­signer but also up­lifts the woman in what­ever oc­ca­sion.

Good de­sign, to Kat, is be­ing able to cus­tom­ize a de­sign to suit and ac­cen­tu­ate a woman’s best qual­i­ties and fea­tures, mak­ing her con­fi­dent in ev­ery stroll and stride. “Each piece that I make is de­signed for a spe­cific per­son. I use her char­ac­ter and per­sona as the main in­spi­ra­tion,” she says.

While in­spired by oth­ers, she main­tains her artis­tic need for ex­pres­sion. Her lat­est col­lec­tion “Amour De Rêve”, a look­book com­prised of fem­i­nine pieces with a sub­tle spunk and hints of un­pre­dictabil­ity, ex­hibits Kat’s cur­rent sta­tus in life and ro­mance: hap­pily mar­ried to her dream love.

“All my dreams, my as­pi­ra­tions, my pas­sions—i’ve put into this col­lec­tion,” she says.

But she’s not stop­ping there. Con­stantly ful­filled by the pur­pose her craft brings—“to be part of one’s wed­ding as they start a fam­ily, to be part of some­one’s de­but as they blos­som into a woman, birth­days, bap­tisms, and all other events is some­thing I truly trea­sure,” she says—kat looks for­ward to de­sign­ing for as long as she can. Al­ways in search for new sto­ries and tech­niques, Kat hopes to leave her mark—if she hasn’t al­ready.

High neck with bow de­tails.

Cap sleeves lace and tulle wed­ding gown.

Sheer lon­gleeved lace wed­ding gown.

Lace with flo­ral aplique wed­ding dress.

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