After graduating from Istituto Marangoni London, Dominique Cojuangco is now preparing to set up her own fashion label.
PEP.ph (Philippine Entertainment Portal) caught up with Dominique at Brooklyn Beckham's autograph signing event for his photo book entitled What I See last Saturday, January 13, at Bench's flagship store in Bonifacio High Street, Taguig City.
The 22-year-old daughter of business tycoon Tonyboy Cojuangco and actress Gretchen Barretto earned her bachelor's degree in fashion design in July 2017.
Dominique took a short break before officially starting her "adult duties."
She told PEP.ph, "I'm doing so well, I had a bit of a break with my friends.
"Just like enjoying the fact that we graduated, because we knew it was our last holiday."
Her Instagram feed revealed some of her post-graduation travel destinations, which included Canada, U.S.A, and the island of Siargao in Surigao del Norte.
Currently, Dominique is busy working on her first full collection.
She said, "Now I'm starting to do my business plans, and do research for my first collection.
"I'm starting to plan it, but I'm not rushing the process.
"I wanna launch when I'm completely happy with the look of every thing, my aesthetic, and my brand identity."
When asked what people can expect from her clothes, she answered, "It's a mix of something that's street style, and feminine at the same time.
"I like juxtapositions so I like wearing things that are a little less casual with things that are a little more dressy," she explained.
Some of her design idols are Irish fashion designer Simone Rocha and Off White's creative director Virgil Abloh.
Dominique's Instagram followers got a sneak peek of her designs when her mom Gretchen proudly wore some of them during the latter's trip to London in June 2017.
The young designer enthused, "She'll always be my very first model, and I think that's great."
PEP also asked Dominique what her mom's reaction was upon seeing her designs.
She recalled, "Her first reaction was, 'Wow!' And then she said, ' I don't know why I didn't think you're gonna be a designer when you were younger.'
"Because there were so many like... inklings of me wanting to design, and even I didn't realize."
She thanked both her parents for supporting her dream.
She said, "It's definitely so difficult [to start your own brand], but I'm lucky to have people like my dad and my mom around who are always really supportive."