The monsters under your bed

To describe the fashion creations of design duo Abraham Guardian and Mamuro Oki flamboyant would be an understatement. 

The monsters under your bed
A tired prom monster—This look consists of a structured poncho top and a puffy ball gown skirt.
The up-and-coming fashion designers are the imaginative geniuses behind HA.MÜ, an emerging brand of eccentric clothing pieces. Both Guardian and Oki completed the Fashion Design and Merchandising program at the De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. 

They initially captured the attention of the discerning fashion industry leaders during their graduation show. 

The experimental brand they co-created heavily features old deconstructed garments up-cycled to create something new with patchworks and thread-works alongside the artistic play of layers. HA.MÜ has quite instilled a definitive character and beauty in the clash of texture, colors, materials, and patterns.

The monsters under your bed
From left to right: A tired but gleeful monster inspired by crumpled paper full of doodles; A creature that resulted from the mashup of Snow White and one of the seven dwarfs; A monster inspired by circles; and a monster wearing an outfit made of five wearable dresses.
Following their previous collection, Guardian and Oki launch their latest ready-to-wear series inspired by the concept of revisiting childhood. 

HA.MÜ pleasantly shocked the scene with the otherworldly ensembles from their “Mama! Mama! There are monsters under my bed!” collection, which debuted at a recent design awards show. 

The design duo drew inspiration from their own childhood fears of having imagined monsters under their beds, which now, as adults, turned out to be the inner demons they face on a daily basis. 

“We have experienced moments that left battle scars but they also became our learning points in our lives,” said Guardian. “We have since stopped looking for monsters under our beds when we realize that they may be inside our own minds. We live with them, but we can always fight them off and not let them affect us.” 

The monsters under your bed
Design duo Mamuro Oki and Abraham Guardian at the Bench Design Awards 2018.
With multiple googly eyes, tentacles of all sizes, gills, and fins, and prominent horns, HA.MÜ’s trademark of avant-garde is well depicted as the new anthology rigorously showcasing the designers’ exquisite experimentation of silhouettes, textures, and prints. 

HA.MÜ said that enthusiasts may purchase their masterpieces. 

“We consider our pieces as art that onlookers can actually acquire as a form of a designer’s collectible item,” Guardian shared.

The two young designers are currently busy stitching up their upcoming—and second—RTW project, entitled “a collective of rejects and sorts,” made of parts and pieces from the fashion line’s custom orders. The ongoing venture is expected to don the label’s signature looks in shapes of more wearable and lightweight ensembles.

The monsters under your bed
A coral-like art installation dress inspired by a lot of underwater fears from the designers’ beach trips.
Check out @_ha.mu_ on Instagram to see more of their flamboyant designs.

Topics: Abraham Guardian , Mamuro Oki , De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde , HA.MÜ
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