Photo: Peruvian Fashion Designer Luis Carlos Machicao
Peruvian fashion designer Luis Carlos Machicao is an example of the success a Hispanic can achieve, not only in the United States but at a global level in the competitive international fashion industry.
On Sept 28, Machicao will take part for the first time in Paris Fashion Week, showing 17 outfits from his Spring 2014 collection, while also presenting his fragrances for women and men.
“I feel proud to be the first Peruvian and U.S. Hispanic to present a line of clothing and fragrances at one of the industry’s most important fashion shows,” Machicao told Efe.
Machicao’s line of perfumes and colognes represents the achievement of a lifetime ambition for the Hispanic, who in Peru dressed many of the country’s political, cultural and social luminaries, as well as eminent personalities from around Latin America.
Machicao began his 26-year career as a student at a local design academy in Peru, where he discovered that “fashion is a social statement of the human being.”
While working at a fashion design studio in Paris, he consolidated his own personal style of “retro” designs with an “avant-garde” touch that accented the silhouette of a woman’s body with “articles created in good taste and at affordable prices.”
Machicao left Peru in 1997 and settled first in Houston, where he set up a fashion design studio creating bridal gowns while working with the wardrobes of the Houston Grand Opera and local beauty pageants.
Years later he moved to South Carolina and then to Charlotte, which he has made his home and center of operations.
His designs have paraded on U.S. runways in Houston, Austin, San Francisco, Miami, Charlotte, New Orleans, New York and Washington, at European fashion shows in Milan and Barcelona, and in Canada.