is a showcase of fashion, identity and expression In honor of the
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.
Agusto Manzanarez NY
Originally from Lima, Peru, Augustro Manzanares moved to New York in 2005 to realize his dream and passion for fashion and design. With a creative personality since he was very young, everything he creates has an eclectic mix of influences from his Latin background and his love for High Fashion. Starting as a child designing clothing for Barbie dolls, he has concentrated the last 10 years in women’s-wear designs and has elevated to become Assistant Designer for the design duo The Blonds. It was with this opportunity that he has made a name for himself in the NY fashion scene and decided to take his career to the next level at Uptown Fashion Week. His pieces can be found exclusively at Patricia Field in NY and include dresses, corsets, masks, and headpieces.
Angel Ayala NY
Designer Angel Ayala was born to a hard working, strong valued, Puerto Rican family in The Bronx, NYC. By the age of 6, Angel had already fallen in love with the world of fashion. Heavily influenced by his maternal grandmother, Cecilia Bahamundi, who herself was an accomplished couturier and worked at several fashion houses during the 1950s & 60s, taught Angel how to sew by hand. At the age of 13, Angel had been accepted into The High School of Fashion Industries and went on to enroll in The Fashion Institute of Technology. At age 17, Angel received an award for excellence in fashion design from The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. Angel's work has been showcased throughout the US and Caribbean, from designing gowns for the Miss USA and Miss Universe organization, to styling numerous photo shoots . His work has been worn by various artists such as Lady Gaga on CBS, NBC, and MTV. He spends his time between NYC, Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic working for his clients and volunteering his time to different organizations. Angel is well versed in all aspects of design, from Ready to Wear to Haute Couture for both men and women of all sizes, and prides himself on being able to cater to a