"No.1 Is that learning does not stop in school so whichever way you can hone your craft do it! No.2 Never settles for less, always dream bigger and be positive in all things you do."
A few years ago, my friend Kae got married. It was the most exciting moment of her life. Since I met her in 2009, one of the things she used to mention all the time was about her happy ending, getting married, wearing that fabulous wedding gown.
The time had come, and there was no question as to her who would design her wedding dress. Her friend Oz Go was the only one on the list. Oz and I did not meet in person at all. But as someone who loved to draw fashion clothes as a kid, I admire designers. I was totally amazed by his designs, and I was an instant fan.
I did not expect such a quick response. He was so humble and yet genuinely talented.
Please check my interview with OZ Go.
Where are you based and what exactly do you do?
I am located in Dubai working as a fashion designer for Rami Al Ali
and also the creative director for my brand Oz Go which is based in the Philippines.
At what age did you start becoming fascinated with fashion?
If I remember it correctly at the age of 5 or 6, I was sketching my mom's wedding gown on any surface I could draw on like doors, chairs, etc.
How did you prepare for a career in fashion?
I took up a short course in fashion at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines and started to experience the world of fashion through internship and doing clothes for certain clients after studying.
How do you stay updated on the current trends?
By doing a lot of research and viewing upcoming trends from Premiere Vision.
How important is Fashion Week for you?
It is a platform for both young and senior designers to market their product through a wide range of audience. It helped me a lot to promote my brand.
What is your dream job?
Being the creative director of my brand but in a global scale. OZ GO PARIS is the dream.
What are your plans for the future? Where do you see yourself taking your fashion career?
To take up MA at Central Saint Martins. Make my brand as big as Chanel, Dior, Alexander Mcqueen and Valentino among others. *crossed fingers*
Name the top three things in your fashion kit that are must-haves?
Scissors, paper, and pencil.
Tell us your most unforgettable experience as a fashion designer?
When I got to dress up my sister, Rachelle Ann Go, who is a theater actress in London during the 25th anniversary of Miss Saigon.
Favourite all-time designer?
Advice for the up-and-coming fashion designers out there?
No.1 Is that learning does not stop in school so whichever way you can hone your craft do it! No.2 Never settles for less, always dream bigger and be positive in all things you do.
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