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A designer known for his taste in fashion, ethereal couture pieces, and for dressing stylish women around the globe, from actress fashion icon HeartEvangelista to pop singer and heiress of crystal empire Victoria Swarovski there is no doubt that MarkBumgarner has mastered the art of dressing a woman.

While his strength lies on how he drapes lush fabrics and creates feminine curves and flounces, the car racer-turned-fashion designer is shifting to a different kind of aesthetic for The Armor Project.

The Armor Project is Bumgarner Studios’ way to show the brand’s solidarity with the industry during these trying times. It started out with the creation of reusable face masks, made sustainably from repurposed fabrics, which eventually produced a line of stylish personal protective equipment (PPE).


Mamba bomber hoodie and jogger set


Rockett bomber hoodie and jogger set

“I have never planned for this collection. At first, I just wanted to make PPE for the frontliners, and I was able to donate around 3,000 pieces to hospitals around the metro,” he says to Manila Bulletin Lifestyle. “The idea for The Armor Project was borne out of the necessity to provide protective clothing to regular people, and not necessarily healthcare workers. I wanted it to be a modern-day armor for Filipinos.”

Fashion is a reflection of the times. The times push fashion forward. Fashion is not just aesthetics, but also function. People need some kind of protection, and that is something fashion can provide.

To build the collection, Mark used taffeta, rip stop, and microfiber, which are water-repellent fabrics. In addition to this, he designed a selection of jogger pants, hoodies, and Haley jackets.


Clyde jumpsuit


Devon jumpsuit

The six-look collection comes in a variety of styles and colors. Unisex pieces such as the Mamba bomber and pants set, and the Devon jumpsuit played with utilitarian aesthetics, and were rendered in black, white, maroon, and army green. The color-blocked Haley jacket dress and Clyde jumpsuit explored different proportions for women. He also played with prints for his Rockett bomber and pants set and Memphis floral coordinates.


Haley jacket dress


Memphis bomber hoodie and jogger set

Just like many of his colleagues in fashion, Mark believes that in order to keep the business alive, it must be adaptable to change, and must learn to listen to people’s demands.

“Fashion is a reflection of the times. These times push fashion forward. Fashion serves not just aesthetics, but also function,” he says. “People need some kind of protection and that is something fashion can provide.”

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Images from @markbungarner

Photographed by Miguel Alomajan

Styling and HMU by Anton Patdu and Bonita Penaranda of New Monarq Manila

Source: Manila Bulletin (