Palm Beach — The Caribbean Queen store at the Palm Beach Plaza Mall is proud to introduce its Caribbean Queen for January 2014, Gigiola Gomez, who makes accessories out of different kinds of fabric and materials.
The designs flow from her imagination, she explains, and are worked out on a drawing pad. They then come alive in her home studio after she purchases or finds the right combination of fabrics suitable for their creation.
Fashion design has been a passion with Gigiola, nicknamed Gigi, since she was 12. She has since designed her own dresses and gowns. Her experience in the fashion industry started with a modeling career doing shows around the world, with Aruba, Europe, Latin America, and the United States among places she visited as a working model. Eventually she transitioned to personal styling and ended up creating her own fashion brand and seasonal collections.
Absorbing the retail and production aspects of the fashion industry, she worked for an international boutique for eight years as a showcase director, creating many fashion editorials for magazines and publications, and as fashion consultant helped coordinate wardrobes and personal style for many clients. On a personal note, she is a big supporter of the Mary Joan Breast Cancer Foundation for whom she annually produces garments for breast cancer survivors who get to model on the pink runaway during the annual fund raising fashion show.
Gigiola’s clients range from friends and acquaintances to working professionals and glamour girls with unique wishes. “I hope you enjoy my designs as much as I enjoyed creating them,” she says.
Also on Gigiola’s list of accomplishments: In 2012 she was honored to dress Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands and her daughter-in-law Princess Maxima, now Queen Maxima. She also presented a collection during Aruba In Style 2012, which gave her the opportunity to showcase her work to a broader audience including the international fashion press.
This year she was inspired by the Island’s beautiful beaches, creating the coral print beach collection. Part of the collection was gifted to Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands when she visited the Island in 2013. Gigiola was also named exclusive bathing suit designer for the Miss Teen Aruba International 2013.
Come see her collection of accessories at the Caribbean Queen store, Palm Beach Village Mall in January!