With Love, Nicó
● By Jessie Monsivais
Couture is all in the details - from hand-detailed fabric with glass beads for dresses made to sparkle from every direction to simple pieces with vibrant colors and bold necklines. One thing Nick Perez always brings to the table is a fresh and creative addition to both the fashion world and our community. Perez is the mastermind behind Nicó - a custom, high-quality womenswear line, specializes in women's wear from practical cocktail dresses to intricate evening wear.
Perez has been in fashion design for six years. His fashion brand, Nicó, has allowed him to travel around the country and contributed his creativity and designs to vatious projects. He's attended the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) Awards as a special guest for Mac Cosmetics. Nicó is an award-winning brand, recognized by our very own Locals List, and, most recently, the Rising Star Award for Fashion Design, presented by Fashion Group International (FCI).
He's currently working on a new collection right now, making it his sixth. In the meantime, Perez says he feels motivated to produce a display show to celebrate Corpus Christi's magic and where the brand has been. With Love, Nicó is a celebration of Nick's upbringing, where the brand has been, and how Corpus Christi was the place where it all started.
"I recently moved to San Antonio, and have had a lot of work going on around the state. I want the show to share the success of Corpus Christi because it's where the brand started. It's where the magic came from and why I've been able to have these amazing experiences and work with so much talent locally and nationally," says the designer.
The new exhibit highlights six years of gowns, celebrating the future of Nicó and the creativity brought out by the entire Nicó team. Showcasing past editorials, handmade sketches, and runway show memorabilia, With Love, Nicó will highlight 13-15 pieces from Perez's career. Including the iconic curtain dress – Nick's first piece designed from curtains his mother was clearing out.
"I want to show the endless possibilities of couture in Corpus. It's proof that it's not where you are, it's what you do with it," he says energetically. "I wanted to create a space people can visit, feel inspired by, and possibly do something bigger than they've ever imagined.
With Love, Nicó will open March 7th, and be on display at the Art Center of Corpus Christi for the entire month.
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