Paul Conte: Dressing Up Lady Gaga
THE NEWS TODAY
New and young fashion designer Paul Conte expressed that he wants to dress-up singer Lady Gaga.
“She is just amazing as her clothes,” Conte, winner of the 5th Robinsons Design Lab competition, told The News Today.
Conte is only 18 years old. This third year AB Political Science student of West Visayas State University was given a glimpse of the challenges he faces if ever he decides to make fashion designing his bread and butter.
Through the Robinsons Design Lab, he was exposed to varied tasks. “Well, all of the challenges were tough. From the streetwear to the androgenous challenge and from the red carpet to the minimalist competition,” Conte said.
The mall’s competition had monthly challenges and the designers were asked to come up with related designs at a limited budget. “Winning the Best Design of the Month for the red carpet challenge made me feel like a true designer.” This is coming from a person who considers himself just a typical guy, who only dreamt of becoming a designer while enjoying his achievements in school.
The final challenge was minimalist. Conte admitted that the term “minimalist” was new to him. “I realized later on that it meant ‘simple, with less details yet with impact’. I found it hard to come up with a simple design that would look glamorous and sophisticated.”
But with his faith in God and inspiration from Lady Gaga, he was able to sketch six designs. Even if his tailor quit two weeks before the finals, he was able to produce, albeit with difficulty, his collection and eventually, his victory.
FASHION IS FOR EVERYBODY
“Lady gaga once said, ‘fashion is for everybody’. This really touched me. This is absolutely true because anyone can be a model, no matter who you are,” Conte said.