by John Legaspi
Dennis Celestial, an overall creative force in fashion, passed away on Jan. 10, 2022. News about his demise was confirmed by colleagues and industry friends as they posted tributes remembering the legacy of the late designer.
A graduate of the University of the Philippines, Dennis was known for his avant-garde creations and over-the-top concepts, making him the go-to designer of stylists, celebrities, and magazine editors in need of bold fashion looks.
In the ‘90s he worked as a display artist for Fashion Cafe, with his creations paired with international designer Azzedine Alaia’s feather trim coat seen in the movie “Clueless.” There was no shortage of feathers, glitters, and jewels in his creations that graced the stage through stars such as Sarah Geronimo, Lani Misalucha, and Marian Rivera. Among his first runway shows was with homegrown fashion empire Bench with its annual fashion shows. Apart from the runways, his costume works were also featured in a number of films like “Ang Dalawang Misis Reyes” and “Four Sisters and a Wedding.” One of the famous stars who wore his creation was Paris Hilton, wearing his embellished swimsuit during her visit to the Philippines.
Rest in peace, Dennis.