How disgraced Pinoy designer found redemption in US

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Oct 02 2014 01:37 PM | Updated as of Oct 03 2014 11:08 PM

CALIFORNIA - A Filipino designer who was once embroiled in fashion scandal is now making a comeback in the US.

The creations of Filipino fashion designer Puey Quinones took center stage at a recent episode of "America's Next Top Model."

"My concept was very Filipino. It's very tribal. I used Philippine materials like abaca. It's very overwhelming hearing my name as a designer and seeing my pieces," Quinones said.

His recent success is just one of many in the short time that Quinones was working in the US.

He also shared how he ended up designing one of music superstar Katy Perry's costumes.

"When I went to LA, my first plan was just to have a show. A friend of mine asked me to do a show in his gallery and a fashion representative saw my work and after that I got an offer, a gig doing one of Katy Perry's costumes for the Dark Horse music video," he said.

Early this year, he became the first Filipino designer to stage a show at One World Trade Center in New York.

Three years ago, he thought his career was over. Quinones lost money, friends and clients and his reputation as a successful designer, when it was revealed that he had passed off a department store-bought suit as his own creation in order to make a deadline.

Even after making amends in public by apologizing, the scandal that ensued brought him and his business down.

After he failed to bounce back in the Philippine fashion world, he decided to come to America to start over.

He said he never thought the day would come that he would smile again.

Deeply shamed and humiliated after the scandal at his lowest point, he even thought of ending his life.

But through his faith and family, he found the determination to recover.

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