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ORANGE COUNTY FASHION WEEK ®

FASHION DESIGNER | CORAL CASTILLO

Posted on August 25 2015

DESIGNER NAME 
CORAL CASTILLO
DESIGNER BIO/ BACKGROUND 
THE DESIGNER

Coral Castillo’s collection features an array of stunning pieces that are structure, yet feminine and although entirely done in black, somehow ethereal and light. Coral’s designs show a love for texture and layers-dramatic shapes and draping portray a playful relationship with light and opacity” – Blithe hill

Born in Mexico City, Coral found her passion for designing clothing at a very young age. Her mom was a dress-maker and Coral grew up with the exposure to fine fabrics and custom made clothing. In 2005, she started designing for selected clientele, without any guidance or training in fashion. Once she decided to pursue her passion she studied Fashion Design at The Art Institute of California-San Francisco, and then transfer to The Art Institute of California- Orange County. She graduated with honors and was awarded best portfolio for fall 2012, and now she holds a Bachelors of Fine Arts Fashion Design.

In 2009, she won best overall effect for the Art Institute of California-San Francisco Fashion Show. Other awards include Best of Women’s Day Wear for Discarded to Divine 2009 and 2010. In Orange County, Coral won 1st place in a design competition for OC-Fashion Week in 2011. As for 2013, Coral was recognized as one of the best designers in Orange County. Her work has been published in VOGUE Italia, VOGUE UK, RIVIERA, APPAREL NEWS, BLACK&GREY and SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE to mention some. 

“I grew up with the exposure of custom made clothing and fine fabrics. Mom was a 
dress-maker and when I was little I loved to see mom’s fittings, especially the faces of her 
clientele when they slipped in the dress that mom made. They were so beautiful! I wanted to create that same transformation. Then, Mom taught me to hand sew when I was six and I started sewing dresses for my dollies. When I was twelve I wanted to learn how to use the sewing machine, but she didn’t see it as a way to entertain myself and she was scared that I damage her sewing machine. She was 
maintaining my brothers sister and me out of the pay of her dresses. Without her knowing I 
started using her sewing machine and stealing her fabrics. Many times, she found out that I used her sewing machine and she was so mad at me because I damage it. I didn’t like to make her mad or upset her, but I couldn't stop doing it. 
I can’t get away from the things I love. I’ll fight for them! 
I believe that every women is beautiful and that a dress or piece of clothing could make that beauty bright at it’s most.”
BRAND/ COMPANY NAME 
CORAL CASTILLO
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY AND SHOWING IN ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA? 
WEATHER, COLORS! THE PEOPLE!
SIGNATURE STYLE/ KNOWN FOR 
AVANT GARDE 
TRADEMARK PIECE 
EVENING WEAR
IDEAL CLIENT/ TARGET AUDIENCE 
WOMEN 23 - 36

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