← Critic Award Winners: Sergio “Celestino” Guadarrama
Sergio “CELESTINO” Guadarrama is creating the world of CELESTINO with precisely crafted, sustainable, and fashion-forward women’s, bridal, and men’s collections. Established in 2005, the company unites classical couture techniques with innovative concepts, upcycled luxury fabrics, and unconventional details to create the aesthetic of CELESTINO. The CELESTINO atelier prides itself on being fully inclusive to all sizes and providing an intimate, personalized, unique experience for each client. The company makes a conscious effort to design garments that are tailored to each client’s specific body type and sense of style — a tradition true to the ways of haute couture. The brand currently operates its atelier in Hudson, New York.
CELESTINO believes in designing with a purpose, maintaining a strong socially conscious mentality, and standing up for environmental and political issues that affect the United States and beyond. Each design is created with messages in order to bring awareness to social causes, and in turn, to prompt others to assist in resolving them. As a company, CELESTINO recognizes that fashion and the environment have to coexist. In an effort to be an environmentally sustainable brand, it strays away from the creation of new textiles, exclusively using upcycled materials (dead stocked fabrics left over from the fashion industry), and other findings. Sergio prides himself in designing for clients of all sizes and ages; his goal is to empower each individual as they step into a CELESTINO garment.
CELESTINO makes a conscious effort as a company to be inclusive to all individuals, regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, while donating time and a portion of the company’s profits to humanitarian organizations. Sergio makes it his responsibility to mentor up-and-coming designers and students from the Fashion Institute of Technology, The University of Texas, the High School of Fashion Industries, Austin Community College, LIM, Parsons School of Design, and Pratt Institute as a way of passing on valuable knowledge to future generations.
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