The making of a fashion legend
Andres Aquino was born in the Dominican Republic but came to the USA to study where he received his B.A. summa cum laude and M.A. and was awarded “Scholar of the College” from Boston College.
After finishing college he took up photography and one day, while taking pictures of a model friend, she asked him if she could use the photograph to enter a model competition.
This model ended up winning the ‘Top model competition of the year’ award, with that very photograph!
Soon other models starting asking him to take their pictures and shortly thereafter he was travelling the world. He covered designer runway shows in Europe, South America, Canada, Africa and the USA. His photography work and editorials have appeared in numerous publications around the world.
He then founded Fashion Syndicate Press in 1997, a leading fashion photography agency with press clients worldwide. This business is complemented by a network of successful web sites related to fashion, beauty and photography, including:
and others receiving millions of hits per month.
Even though he studied theater and communications in college, Andres’ real passion was Fashion. He loved the flowing robes of the Greek Goddesses and this was what inspired him to design for his friends, who asked him to make some garments to showcase their jewels and accessories at the fashion events.
The enthusiastic reaction by audiences and press encouraged him to create entire season collections of high fashion evening and cocktail ensembles starting in 2008. His fashion designs have appeared in major magazines, websites and TV broadcasts, and the collections have been presented in Europe, New York and Palm Beach to great reviews
After meeting many of his clients at the European fashion events, he decided to bring Haute Couture to New York, where he started COUTURE FASHION WEEK in 2003, as well as other fashion shows.
Mr. Aquino oversees all production aspects – from sponsors to designers, from venue selection to model casting, from technical staff operations to public relations.
Couture Fashion Week is a multi-day event showcasing couture and luxury fashion. It also includes exhibits of luxury brands and fine art as well as world-class entertainment and receptions. The event is held in top venues in New York City, Palm Beach, Florida and other selected cities and is attended by upscale consumers, invited VIPs, the press and high-end store buyers. Couture Fashion Week offers unique branding opportunities for luxury products and services.
He has years of experience in show production, facility management, talent management, event coordination, publishing, and market research as well as teaching, writing, theater directing and business administration. In addition, he has worked in international business consulting, exporting and importing as well as fashion design and fashion merchandising to the boutique market.
In February 2008, Andres Aquino launched Couture & Luxury, a print and online fashion and lifestyle pictorial.
Andres is one of the most down to earth and friendly people you can meet and we look forward to following the Fashion world with the maestro at its helm.
“Life is a journey and along this journey I found my muse. From the shadows of a word my muse emerges and into the light we walk holding hands as one”. Andres Aquino
Take a look at his website: http://www.CoutureFashionWeek.com/