Anne Curtis and Francis Libiran for ANTM

America’s Next Top Model has been doing really good things for Filipino designers and this time our very own Anne Curtis gets to share this chance and celebrity photographer Mark Nicdao.  Apparently Tyra Banks chose Francis to create gowns specifically for a shoot that will be featured on the show.  UPDATE:  According to sources the said episode will air on April 25 in the US via the CW channel and in the Philippines on April 30 via cable channel ETC. Anne Curtis on the other hand was hand-picked by the Pinoy designer as a model because according to him, Anne “represents a perfect Filipina.”

Anne, meanwhile is very glad that she got chosen by Francis because she really likes his designs and that most of her gowns when she was just starting in the business was made by Francis.

“I’d do anything for him. Back then when I was just starting in the industry, he made all the beautiful dresses that I wore in special events in my life,” said Anne.

Here are the designs Francis created for the segment.  What do you guys think?

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran

Anne Curtis wears Francis Libiran

Celebrity Filipino photographer, Mark Nicdao did the glamour shoot.  According to America’s Next Top Model producer, fellow Filipino Michael Carandang, this will be the first time that the works of a Pinoy photographer will be exhibited in ANTM.  Carandang is very happy for the talents of Filipino designers.  Before Francis, Filipino designers like Michael Cinco and Oliver Tolentino have penetrated ANTM after their creations were featured in a number of episodes of the show last year.

Tyra Banks was also one of the Best-Dressed during the annual Blossom Ball in New York wore a gown made by Libiran.

Let’s do this PINOYs! Kudos to everyone who took part in this very promising project.  Let’s show the world what the Philippines can offer. 🙂

  1. April 22, 2012 at 4:27 am

    Is that for this season??? O_O

    • April 22, 2012 at 4:29 am

      Yes 🙂 Hopefully the recent developments in the show will not affect this project 🙂 Will post updates if there is any.

      • April 22, 2012 at 4:30 am

        omg! so excited!!! :)) go pinoys! I also heard that Tyra fired all other judges on the panel… O_O So cycle 18 should be interesting…

      • April 22, 2012 at 4:33 am

        I know! That’s why I’m curious with how things are gonna be this time around with out the original judges of the show. Crossing my fingers. 🙂

      • April 22, 2012 at 4:35 am

        and whoa… pinoy din pala yung ANTM producer! O_O

      • April 22, 2012 at 4:36 am

        Yeah. I wish he wasn’t part of the people affected by the change in the show. If you know anything please share 🙂

      • April 22, 2012 at 4:35 am

        I followed your blog by the way 🙂

      • April 22, 2012 at 4:36 am

        Ditto. 😀 Keep me posted on all things Filipino fashion! ❤

      • April 22, 2012 at 4:37 am

        Will sure do. I’m posting mostly articles on Filipinos, Philippines, Entertainment, and TV shows I love. 🙂

      • April 26, 2012 at 8:11 am

        where are you based?

      • April 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

        I’m in Vancouver, Canada. 🙂

  2. April 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    Go ,,anne ,,make pilipino proud of you !!!! coz your PERFECT…

    • April 22, 2012 at 6:55 pm

      You’re definitely right there 🙂

    • April 26, 2012 at 8:10 am

      I love Anne. I might come up with another article just about her. What do you want me to write about her next time if you have any ideas in mind.

  3. April 23, 2012 at 5:36 am

    i’m so excited to watch this episode, i haven’t watch ANTM for a while… this excites me… GO FILIPINO…

    • April 23, 2012 at 5:42 am

      Indeed it’s something everyone should look forward to 🙂 Thanks xpietian for leaving a comment.

      • April 23, 2012 at 5:54 am

        let us continue to support every Filipino… mission Occupy Hollywood

      • April 23, 2012 at 6:21 am

        Hahaha! Cheers to that my friend!

    • April 26, 2012 at 8:09 am

      what industry are you into xpietian?

      • April 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm

        i’m working in the BPO industry as a non-voice agent

      • April 27, 2012 at 12:41 am

        nice! what industry?

      • April 27, 2012 at 1:28 pm

        it is an insurance account.

      • April 27, 2012 at 1:50 pm

        cool! bpo?

      • May 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm


  4. April 23, 2012 at 3:56 pm

    let’s go pinoy! ipakita na ang talento mo sa buong mundo!

    • April 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm

      I second that!

    • April 26, 2012 at 8:09 am

      what do you do Jayson? are you also in the fashion industry?

  5. November 5, 2012 at 3:12 am

    Ooh La La! Evelyn Sineneng-Smith “Introduced” Francis Libiran, Oliver Tolentino and Monique Lhuillier to Carla Zimbelman’s students of “Special Occasion Couture Fabrics”

    The fashion students of Monterey Peninsula College recently viewed with awe and admiration the couture gowns projected into the giant 10ftx10ft screen by Evelyn Sineneng-Smith and Carla Zimbelman. The red-carpet beauties featured were Maria Menounos in a blue “jusi”, Ginnifer Goodwin in a persimmon-orange frock and Tyra Banks in an architect-designed gown… “architect?”

    Monterey, CA (PRWEB) November 04, 2012
    Carla Zimbelman, Professor of fashion courses at Monterey Peninsula College, recently invited Evelyn Sineneng-Smith, a Fashion Entrepreneur based in Silicon Valley, to lecture to her fashion students, the couture fabrication techniques utilized by designers Francis Libiran, Oliver Tolentino and Monique Lhuillier. The three featured designers created special occasion gowns for the red-carpet, modeled by celebrities at the recent 2012 Emmys in Los Angeles and the 2012 Blossom Ball in New York.
    Oliver Tolentino created a blue gown worn by Maria Menounos, the co-host of the dimpled Mario Lopez of EXTRA. Evelyn described to the fashion students the “jusi”, the unique fabric used by Oliver Tolentino. “Jusi” is made of fibers stripped from the stalks and leaves of a banana tree. These fibers were then carefully woven in an old-fashioned hand loom to create the fabric. It was then dyed into royal blue, intricately put together and worn beautifully by Maria Menounos at the recent 2012 Emmy Awards.
    World-class designer, Monique Lhuillier, the amazing genius behind her own global brand, created a champagne beige gown meticulously hand-embellished with persimmon-orange vines all over the gown. This was worn elegantly on the red carpet at the recent 2012 Emmys by Hollywood actress, Ginnifer Goodwin, of the popular “Once Upon A Time” television series.
    Finally, Evelyn “introduced” Francis Libiran, on the giant screen, to the amazement of the fashion students of Carla Zimbelman. Francis, an architect by profession and who is also a fashion designer based in the Philippines, created his own special occasion fabric using strips of bias cut fabric and individually arranged to create the linear effect. This architecturally-inspired black and white gown was worn by statuesque supermodel Tyra Banks at the 2012 Blossom Ball in New York.
    Carla Zimbelman, also herself a fashion designer, teaches fashion courses at the Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, California. She is currently working with the Department Chair of the college to revamp the Fashion Program of the college. She designs couture handbags with her own label, “Carla Renee”. A fashionista can choose from Carla’s portfolio of over 300 leather swatches, all made in the USA. She is an alumna of the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco, California.
    Evelyn Sineneng-Smith is a Fil-Am Fashion Entrepreneur and intermixes her Legal, Business and Internet Marketing skills with her Passion for Fashion! She is based in San Jose, the capital of Silicon Valley in California.
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