The Weight is Over: Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo's Wedding Ensemble
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The Weight is Over: Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo’s Wedding Ensemble

The Weight is Over: Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo’s Wedding Ensemble

Fashion | July 27, 2022
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Francis Libiran shares how he designed the wedding ensemble of Olympic gold medalist Hidilyn Diaz and her husband Julius Naranjo.

The first time Olympic champion Hidilyn Diaz and I first met is a moment I will never forget. And that was during the surprise wedding proposal of her coach and boyfriend Julius Naranjo. I was invited by their manager, Noel Ferrer since he mentioned how she was such a fan of my work.

Classic and Timeless

Hidilyn and Julius asked me to design her bridal gown and his suit. Of course, I was just so thrilled because I will be dressing them both for the first time. Our dynamic was collaborative and we had a clear concept of what we wanted to create. We wanted it to undeniably represent our country.

Moreover, we aimed for the bridal gown not to be too over-the-top. Why? Because we wanted to highlight Hidilyn’s natural beauty. I really focused on trying to make the gown really embody our gold medalist by using elegant but timeless elements—paired with simplistic lines that run vertically to make her look taller and complement her figure.

I got to work on the fantastical piece that we were trying to create and as soon as I accomplished it, I rushed over to Hidilyn so she can see it. The finished creation is a long white gown with a beautiful train. The whole ensemble is embellished with crystals, swirling all over, from the bodice—down to the skirt and even the train.

Julius’ intricate art deco barong was very special, too. He wanted to mesh the traditional patterns of Guam and the Philippines, which turned out really well. I also made a pair of custom gold cuff links for him in a shape of a barbell, which I find very elegant and cute at the same time. Very on-brand!

Pinoy Pride: Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo’s Ensemble

Vivid is the moment when her eyes glistened at the sight of the gown that she will wear for one of the most significant moments in her life. I could tell that she was really happy when she thanked me for creating it. During that moment, I was elated as much as she was ecstatic herself.

Dressing Hidilyn for her magical day was truly an honor. It has always been a pleasure to create pieces for immeasurable talents from our country. To think that she will be wearing a Francis Libiran creation on her momentous day with Julius. It is a wonderful privilege!

I wish them both an eternity of happiness. Congrats Hidilyn Diaz and Julius Naranjo!

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Francis is a Filipino architect and fashion designer. His love for travel, nature, architecture, and patterns is very apparent in his creations. Being in the business for more than two decades, Francis is considered as one of the Philippine’s premier fashion designers and his brand is dedicated to producing original, high quality, wearable art pieces which promote Filipino beauty, artistry, talent, and craftsmanship on the global arena. Francis Libiran’s international success, awe-inspiring designs and creations, and keen eye for detail opened the doors of opportunities to dress some of the biggest stars the world over.
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