Ability to keep up with diversities are vital qualities

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The correct pronunciation of Wagner Tan’s name may be something which escapes most, but there’s no missing this Filipino Fashion Designer’s aesthetic skills,

Wagner Tan believes that, being bold in taking risks, and the ability to keep up with diversities are vital qualities, in order for someone to remain in the ever evolving world of Fashion…

The correct pronunciation of Wagner Tan’s name may be something which escapes most, but there’s no missing this Filipino Fashion Designer’s aesthetic skills, which have been loudly radiating from his Facebook wall from Dubai to KSA for as long as we can remember. A brief appearance in Models Culture’s fashion designers enabled the perpetually Fairness-kissed Filipino to add designer to his line-up of talents and if his creation is anything to go by, he’s a dab hand at throwing a shape or two on the fashion stream, too.

As a result of being skillful enough to make your dress in absolutely anything, Wagner’s aesthetic errs on the side of simplicity with a smattering of embroidery and perfectly cuts in for good measure. All of which, unsurprisingly, looks excellent. That’s Awesome.

Image by Arman Simpliciano
Wagner Tan on Models Culture image by Arman Simpliciano

Wagner Tan Jr., A Filipino, of 42 years of age, has been in the field of Fashion Designing since year 2002. Even during his childhood, he has naturally been into Arts….He has such love and high interests for drawings, paintings, and has looked up to certain art icons, which have been very influential to him as an artist….He later developed a fascination towards Fashion, and growing up with Vogue Magazine, this greatly and furthermore influenced him to have Fashion, as one of his major mediums in his expression of his art….As he has gradually become a Middle East based Fashion Designer, he has found his way towards a rewarding career….His attitude and strong belief is to always keep it simple, and for as long as you love what you are doing, you yourself will give sincere dedications, hard work, and efforts to your own undertakings, and you have the key elements there, resulting to greater possibilities of success and fulfillment.

Designed by Wagner Tan for Models Culture Magazine by Arman Simpliciano
Designed by Wagner Tan for Models Culture Magazine by Arman Simpliciano

 He started as a Fashion Designer by being a Fashion Designer Assistant to one of the most famous Fashion Designers in the Philippines, the Fashion Icon, Rene Salud…..Being an assistant, he has been grateful for all the knowledge he has learned from the Atelier of the said famous designer…Having exceptional skills in Fashion Illustration, he was discovered by another great fashion designer in the Philippines, the legendary Ben Farrales, with whom he worked with all prestige, being his Fashion Illustrator….He never thought that he might be given the luck to be able to work with the said Fashion Designers who have such big names in Philippine Fashion…..For, it was just by being observant through fashion shows that gave him the passion and inclination towards Fashion…..Having such love and an exceptional talent in the Arts even during his very young age, and the spontaneous fascination for Fashion, made him decide to use Fashion, as his major medium in expressing his love for the Arts…..His starting points in Fashion Designing of being fortunate to work with big names, indeed, gave him sense of fulfillment…..these starting points, indeed, gave way to motivate him to go further and aspire for bigger opportunities….

Designed By Wagner Tan for Models Culture Magazine. Image by Arman Simpliciano.
Designed By Wagner Tan for Models Culture Magazine. Image by Arman Simpliciano, HMUA Faygar Reyes, and Model Stella Kinney

Way back in the Philippines, he was able to work with other Respectable Fashion Designers and Fashion Icons….he became a Fashion Designer Assistant for Fanny Serrano, a Fashion Icon whom he has always been grateful for, in being an inspiration and a great influence in guiding him through his journey…..He has also been honored to be the In-house Fashion Designer for the house of Sabella, a huge establishment owned by the Brilliant Fashion Designer and Businessman, Mr. Ramon Sabella…..He later on decided to courageously work abroad wherein he faced a lot of adversities, struggles and challenges….One of his biggest breaks was he was able to work as the Private Designer for the Queen of Fujairah Palace, UAE…..He then constantly changed from one employment to the other, struggling in his journey to really find his own place in this world……He then made a decision that he no longer wanted to work in the shadows of anyone else, and really driven to be on his own, building his own individuality…..presently, he has been grateful that despite the long journey, he learned to establish his own good name, as a result of hard work, perseverance, and making the most out of his talent….. Although he presently believes that there are still much more to be done and accomplished, he keeps that certain flame inside him constantly rekindled, continuously hoping in the future to be more well recognized and more well known, all because of his devotion to his passion, and making the best use of his God given talent….

 Charging to his own experiences in the longevity of his career, indeed, could contribute essential insights to the upcoming Designers…He believes that the most important thing of all is, one should maximize one’s talents, abilities, and the given opportunities…..Sheer talent is not sufficient, he believes, and if one has that God given talent in Designing, it is a must that that talent or that gifted taste in fashion preference should be treasured, and that exceptional talent should be incorporated with hard work, discipline, and initiatives towards lucratively and productivity… Exceptional talent, combined with the fierce ambitions to become well recognized and establish a good name, combined with the knowledge in the business aspect, all of these are the vital elements to consider, if one desires to attain success in the real world of Fashion Designing…Moreover, he believes that one has to dictate his own individualities, coming out from anyone’s shadows, preventing to work for somebody else’s name, doing the best he could to promote his originality, and his sincerest own creations…He also points out that one should prevent his own creations from being corrupted by other Fashion Designers for there has been so much corruptions in the real fashion world. Continuation to no. 3 question, Lastly, he believes that one needs to be flexible all the time in any given scenario…He believes that, being bold in taking risks, and the ability to keep up with diversities are vital qualities, in order for someone to remain in the ever evolving world of Fashion…

He believes that, as we all know, nowadays, most information about anything are being widespread through modern technology and social media…. Previous techniques of publishing and advertising may still exist, but it is with the modern approach that certain publications could be very well known… This modern approach should be done , especially when having Noble intentions of promoting local talents in an international setting…The Catalog’s information and profile could really be easily recognized and accessible, through the modern technology and social media…Constant posts , he believes, will make the catalog constantly visible to all possible talents out there…”Modern Culture” indeed, he believes , has been effective in its promotion, for it has reached out to multiple local talents in the international setting…. Despite distances between local talents from various countries around the world, he believes that Model Culture should always continually unite all these talents and artists…Like it has always done, “Model Culture” may always continue to keep in touch with these talents, continue featuring them, keeping the viewers updated with the latest works of their featured talents…. Therefore, he believes, a positive and mutual relation will continue to exist, between ” Model Culture and their discoveries, as Model Culture may continue to nurture their featured talents, so that these featured talents can furthermore influence and inspire upcoming new discoveries…He advises that, by working hand in hand, continuous promotion exists, expanding Model Culture’s horizons, so it will continue to reach out to more and more talents and discoveries…

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