Ito Curata

Ito Curata (2 November 1959[citation needed] – 26 March 2020) was a Filipino fashion designer who specialized in conceptualizing bridal gowns and Filipiniana clothing. Among his notable clients were Hollywood actress Sharon Stone, former Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Filipino actress Bea Alonzo.[1][2]

Ito Curata
Ito Curata in his Mansion.jpg
Ito Curata in his house during his 60th Birthday Celebration.
Born(1959-11-02)November 2, 1959
DiedMarch 26, 2020(2020-03-26) (aged 60)
Muntinlupa, Philippines
Resting placeN/A
NationalityFilipino
OccupationFashion Designer
Notable work
Dressing Hollywood actress Sharon Stone and former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo
Partner(s)Robert H. Miller
Children1

Early Life and educationEdit

Ito Mendoza Curata was born in Manila, Philippines, on November 2, 1959.[citation needed] Curata took up Fine Arts at the University of the Philippines for a year. He got a scholarship at Clarion University of Pennsylvania but since their fine arts program was very limited, he decided to forfeit his scholarship and move to San Francisco. He then studied at the University of San Francisco where he obtained a bachelor of fine arts degree and at the Academy of Art University where he graduated from the university's Certificate program.[3]

CareerEdit

Curata lived San Francisco in the United States for 26 years. While in San Francisco, Curata ran his own atelier and designed clothing for high profile public figures such as actress Sharon Stone and socialite Helena Maria Schulz.[4] Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, and Filipino actress Bea Alonzo were among his Philippine-based clients.[1]

 
Ito Curata with Sharon Stone in 1999.

At the first Miss Universe Philippines fashion show in 2019, Curata's works was among the featured in the exhibition.[4]

 
Ito Curata with 3 Miss Universe Philippine Contestants in his gowns.

DeathEdit

He and his partner Miller were admitted to a hospital in mid march due to COVID-19 symptoms.[5] Curata died on March 26, 2020 due to pneumonia, a complication from COVID-19 infection, and kidney failure.

Personal lifeEdit

Curata had a partner named Robert Miller whom he met while living in San Francisco. Miller was an executive vice president for Visa Inc.. After Miller retired early in 2000 from his job, the couple decided to reside in the Philippines in 2004. Curata legally adopted a newborn baby with Miller as their son in 2006.[6][4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Filipino fashion designer Ito Curata dies of pneumonia". ABS-CBN News. 27 March 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  2. ^ "Fashion designer Ito Curata, 60". BusinessWorld. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  3. ^ "When Bob met ito". Daily Tribune. March 29, 2020. Retrieved May 19, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c "The Prolific Career Of Fashion Designer Ito Curata". The Manila Times.
  5. ^ "Fashion designer Ito Curata dies after battle with COVID-19". GMA News. 28 March 2020. Retrieved 5 April 2020.
  6. ^ Moral, Cheche (29 March 2020). "The friendly and cheery Ito Curata". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved 5 April 2020.