This November, the iconic Mickey Mouse celebrates 90 years since his very first appearance in “Steamboat Willie”. As part of celebrations in the Philippines, The Walt Disney Company Philippines and the SoFA Design Institute collaborated on a fashion design challenge, inviting up-and-coming designers to showcase their love for Mickey Mouse with a Mickey-inspired fashion collection.
From over a hundred entries, 10 collections stood out and were showcased at the finale fashion show on November 18at the Ayala Triangle Gardens. The celebration also included the unveiling of the Mickey and Disney Classics medley of the Ayala Land Inc.’s “Reimagine the Magic: A Festival of Lights.”
Marie Denesse Ramirez, 26, infused her collection with the magic of Disneyland theme parks and fashion elements from the 1920s, Mickey’s birth era
Shelvan Doni Bollozos, 22, created a collection inspired by his first time watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse as a kid with his neighbors
G Gambaloza, 24, focused on the concept of courage and happiness inspired by Mickey.
Mick Perez, 32, was inspired by the playfulness, silhouettes, and colors associated with the character whom he shares the same nickname with.
Joy Geocado, 20, expressed her emotional growth in line prints rendered in red and yellow to represent the happiness that Mickey radiates.
Neil Anthonie De Guzman, 20, used playful yet muted colors to represent the power of going beyond gender labels.
Nicolo Perez, 22, was inspired by one’s transition from childhood to adulthood, a testament to the timelessness of Mickey’s magic.
The Mickey Design Challenge Grand Winner From the top 10 designers, Farah Zavala emerged as the Grand Winner of the Mickey Design Challenge. Followed by Carla Zhang and Candle Ray, who were awarded as first- and second-runners up, respectively.
Farah Bianca Zavala, 21, was inspired by the Mickey Mouse Marching Band and the Mickey short films The Nifty Nineties and The Simple Things.
Companionship and everyday magic were the big ideas behind the collection of Jiale “Carla” Zhang, 23
Candle Ray Torreverde, 25, drew inspiration from the ‘20s to the ‘60s and used subtle Mickey prints to represent the character’s fun, mischievous side
An internship at the Disney Philippines office awaits the Grand Winner.
The winners of the Mickey Design Challenge
(from L to R): Carla Zhang, Farah Zavala, and Candle Ray Torreverde