Interview with Designer Joyce Penas Pilarsky

The Royalty Collections
Designer: Joyce Penas Pilarsky / Models: James Delury, Zakiyah Kahdijah, Matthew Pickett, Anthony Cantone /
Director: Jerry Jordan Brown / Photos by Bench Bello



Katja: Why fashion, why clothing, how does this describe your personality as a human being?

Joyce: I really love fashion, and I think it is one of our necessities to dress, which is why I knew in my heart that fashion is something I can’t live without.
I am a person who wants to be happy, and because of that, I want to create fashion that
will also make others happy, in my own small way. I try to bring out the best in one’s personality and make it a point that all my creations will enhance one’s character, making them more beautiful and proud of themselves, but the dress should also be something that is still wearable and comfortable.

Katja: How did you make your start in the fashion industry? Did you always want to become a designer?

Joyce: When I was a kid, I used to play with my paper dolls and create beautiful dresses cutting paper. Then my dad brought me a doll as a gift for my birthday, so I started making dresses for it, and I sew everything by hand. I knew in my heart that I wanted to be a fashion designer, but my father who is a lawyer didn’t want me to proceed into the arts. He wanted me to be a lawyer like him, but that was not my calling.
I eventually took up education instead, but I still do a lot of dresses for myself, my family and friends. I was even asked to do designs for their birthdays, and weddings when I was still studying. Then one day my friend John asked me to create accessories for his fashion show in the Philippine Fashion Week. I said yes, and that year I joined the Philippine Fashion Week as a jewelry designer, which then lead to submitting my clothing designs for the next season.
It was then that I did my own show for Philippine Fashion Week. My collection was so well received with a thunderous applause from the critics and audience as well. I had a lot of beautiful press that was really happy. After the first successful debut show, I got an invitation from Paris to be one of the five designers in five continents to showcase our works in Sienne, Paris, in July of 2012. After that successful Paris show with international press, it was followed by a summer show in Brenners Park Hotel in Baden-Baden, Germany. Then I showcased my collection at Brooklyn Fashion Week, New York and then at Philippine Fashion Week the following month. That was my starting year, which was full, with fashion weeks following in Abu Dhabi, London, Boston and New York.
I have always dreamed of being a fashion designer apart from my dream of becoming a model, and I`m so thankful to God that He made my dreams come true.
Working as a fashion model since college, made me really thankful for the experience and helps me a lot in my designs (as a fashion designer).



Katja: The color wheel is an essential component when choosing and creating designs. What is the inspiration behind your choices?

Joyce: The color wheel is really important for us as a guide, but my inspirations come from nature, and even though sometimes nature doesn’t follow the color wheel, the collection is still pleasant to the eyes. And as long as it looks good to me, then I use
it for my color combination.

Katja: What are your favorite kind of materials and fabrics to play with and incorporate into your collections?

Joyce: I am more eco-friendly. I prefer using our pineapple material because it’s really beautiful and very elegant, combined with silk, silk cocoon, and cotton.

Katja: Lastly, where do you see yourself moving forward this industry? What are your future goals and aspirations as a designer?

Joyce: I am praying that my gowns will be worn more on the red carpets around the world and that I will continue to be an inspiration for all women.
You can follow your dreams no matter what age you are, as long as you are passionate about what you do.
Being a fashion and jewelry designer is not easy, but if you do your best, God will take
care of the rest!

Catalina Magee

Founder / Owner of Trend Prive Magazine. Romanian-born American, "seasoned" in Italy, "cooked" in Germany and currently serving in Israel. NCIS Special Agent in Charge EA.