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Joyce Pilarsky: Philippine Couture

By Diane Small
The Filipina photographer, artist, businesswoman and designer Joyce Pilarsky left her native country many years ago, to marry the German love of her life.


Whilst living in Germany, she found it difficult to find clothing that reflected her homeland’s fanciful, colourful approach to women’s wear, and so she began designing her own clothing and accessories.




After many compliments on her creations and much encouragement from friends, she opened her eponymousΒ boutique, stocked with cocktail dresses, bridal gowns, accessories and daywear, all with a distinctively Filipina touch.




But there is German influence, too. The EU country with the strictest environmental policies has inspired Joyce to take an eco-approach to her couture: she uses Inabel Iloco, and abaca fibre, from the Ilocos region of the Philippines, as well as pineapple fabric, combined with silks for her collections.


Her accessories are made of eco-friendly pearls, capiz (the outer shell of a mollusk found in the Philippines) and mother of pearl, amongst other natural materials. Most of her work is assembled in the Philippines in ateliers where Joyce helps provide women from her country with training and a regular income.


She may be a former beauty queen, but Pilarsky’s insistence on using ‘green’ materials in her glam creations, and her desire to help improve the lives of women in the Philippines means she’s beautiful inside and out.

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  • Reply
    elesis neilson
    Dec 12, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Truly, Ms Joyce Penas Pilarsky is a GEM for the Filipinos and to all the women around the world. She can just have a simple life in Germany yet she has her heart for her home country,the Philippines. She knows there are unemployed Filipinos and giving dole out wasn’t the answer but to provide livelihood to them. Her passion to be fashion designer insynched with her desire to help her countrymen. She employs native materials like pina fiber, abel iloko in her creations and it means jobs to people in many provinces.With her artistry as eco-haute couture queen, this is the realization of of dream to make a mark in fashion world stage. Cheers to Ms. Joyce Pilarsky and her fashion!

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    elesis neilson
    Dec 13, 2013 at 3:14 am

    For several years, i’ve been watching ms. pilarsky in Philippine Fashionweek.i think she evolved to be a much better fashion designer than the others who are also new in the business. She has clarity of vision of her style, the femininity is grandiose and the technique is above standard. a piece of advise i would say is in the styling department, some editing would be best to impress the minimalist advocates but i clapmy hands for her courage to proceed with her ideas because that’s her trademark. Most of all i want to embrace her for providing jobs to people here.

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      precila roquel
      Dec 13, 2013 at 3:23 am

      Thank you for introducing me to JOYCE PILARSKY FASHION. She’s like COCO CHANEL– is courageous in her style and fashion taste in impeccable. As you have said it FEMININITY AT ITS BEST. If i had a boutique, for sure i will buy her fashion line and introduce it to the market–I’m 100% it will sell like hotcakes here in Cavite. By the way Eluxe, you really presented Ms. Joyce well and I admire you for that.

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