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Interview with the designer David Tupaz at the couture installation "Fashion Retrospective" at the Art Institute of Seattle.

David Tupaz is an artist and a fashion "couture" designer. The only established designer in Nevada. Representing Las Vegas in every major Fashion week in the country. He is a regular on the red carpet, dressing celebrities, and movie stars during award seasons. He is the founder of the "Las Vegas Fashion Design Council," a non-profit that mentors local designers, creative youth, students, artists, and others.

He mentored in opening a manufacturing presence in the city to jump-start the creation of a local fashion industry as well as attract other manufacturers from other states, particularly California where 85% of American-made apparel is produced.

"Fashion Retrospective" was a couture installation at the Art Institute of Seattle organized exclusively with Fashion Group International. David Tupaz showcased 15 pieces that he brought directly from Las Vegas.

David: We are installing part of my collection here at the exhibit hall of the Art Institute (in Seattle). Thanks to Yuliya. I think she is one of the visionaries and has a vision for fashion and art and all of that. There are very few people I think who share that, you know, with a passion. Some people do it just thinking about it, but it’s different when you have passion for it.

Yuliya: Thank you so much! David, tell me a little bit more about your mission now in life. What is your mission now?

David: Well my mission now is actually to share the knowledge and the support of helping the younger generation of designers and creative people and their creative growth. I think not everybody today can afford to go to fashion school or the art institute, you know. There’s a lot of younger generation that have that inner talent and creative talent and vision but they don’t have the program or they don’t have the venue to express it.

David Tupaz:

“When you’re a creative person, you are like a lamp.

You don’t put a lamp under the bed or keep it in a closet or in a box.

You put a lamp in the center of the room, so everything around it is illuminated."

Yuliya: The resources

David: Exactly! And with regards to the city and the state or where ever they are at, I don’t think there is any program that would support this. So I think that is the bigger picture. I always believe I grew up in a culture that it is “What you can give”, not “What you can get”. That’s is the culture I grew up with. I remember when I was a child, my grandfather told me that “David, ever since you were a little boy, I saw that you were very creative.”


Yuliya: So you believed it.

David: Yes! And he was one of my biggest supporters. He told me, “When you are a creative person you have to feel honored because the universe gave you that gift, because creativity is not available to everyone, but the fact that the universe chose you to have that creative talent you have to feel honored because the universe could have given it to the next guy, but he gave it to you. Why?! Because that is your mission.” He said to me, “When you’re a creative person, you are like a lamp.

You don’t put a lamp under the bed or keep it in a closet or in a box. You put a lamp in the center of the room, so everything around it is illuminated. That is the responsibility of creative talent, because”, he said, “You do not own it. The universe is using us as instruments for greater good. That is what creativity means.”

"I Will Find You" - David Tupaz Fashion Film (Produced by Suléy Group)

Yuliya: So I think that for the younger generation it is so important to have someone as a mentor.

David: Exactly!!

Yuliya: As a mentor who would share the talent and knowledge and the energy. And I think, you’ve become a mentor, you’re becoming a mentor now.

David: I always believe that each one of us should be the best that we can be. My grandfather always told me this too, as I was growing he would always remind me whenever I saw him “David, you have to remember you have to be the best of what you can be.” I thought it was just cliché that our parents and grandparents say do your best, and don’t get in trouble.

I remember when I was graduating high school, I confronted him and I said, “Why are you always telling me that, is it out of habit or is it something else?” He replied, “You know what, you’re already growing older and for some reason you have a direction in life. You know what you want to take when you’re in college, but I’m sure there’s already in your head a path to where you want to go.” And he said that, “When the time comes that you reach your goal and follow your dreams, I might not be there anymore but that’s not the point.”

He said, “The reason why I want you to be the best of what you can be is that there is only going to be one William Shakespeare, that after 500 years we are still studying his work. There’s only going to be one Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, that after 300 years we are still playing his music. There’s only going to be one Albert Einstein that has discovered all of these things is science, the things that benefit us today. There’s only going to be one Coco Chanel that has changed how women dress and made the little black dress a uniform for all women of style.” He said, “Who are these people, they are not kings, they are not presidents and they are not princesses. They are ordinary people like you and me, but what they did is they became the best of what they could be. That is why their names live forever. That is why I want you to be like them.”

David Tupaz is the only designer representing Nevada in major national fashion events and was honored by the Seattle Art Institute in a retrospective exhibition of his designs.

He was awarded "International Designer of the Year" by Metropolitan Fashion Week in 2015.

He is the creative director and partner of Vegas Life TV network Inc., and “Repurpose America,” a nonprofit organization that gathers non-recyclable industry waste for repurposing.

David Tupaz is the President of “Vegas Fashion Project,” the first trade expo focusing on local emerging designers and their products.

Yuliya: So tell me now, what is David Tupaz style? Who is David Tupaz is fashion?

David: Being the United States of America I think my aesthetic, as a designer in the U.S. is my inspiration for old Hollywood. When women were elegant, when women were really beautiful, respectable and dignified. I think that’s the essence of my client. The way I see women. Other designers would focus on sex, or the supremacy of the feminine beauty but for me it’s the image that I see all the time, it’s like Audrey Hepburn. I see the image of Audrey or Grace Kelly, the time when women were very elegant. That is the era, and that is the time I want to bring back to fashion. 

David was appointed in 2014 by Las Vegas Mayor, Carolyn Goodman a seat in the Arts Commission for the City of Las Vegas. He is also the creative director of the prime International fashion and art magazine in Las Vegas called, Chic Compass.

David was the Board of trustees to the Miss Nevada Scholarship Organization for Miss America. He is a concert pianist playing since age 6. He is a collector of art and antiquities, an avid reader, and a researcher. He has judged beauty pageants like US Miss World and Miss Asian Las Vegas to name a few and sits as a consultant advisory Board for the Art Institute. He is now preparing to open the first Fashion Museum in Las Vegas.

Upon opening the first couture atelier in the City's history, Mayor Carolyn Goodman together with the City council of the City of Las Vegas honored David with a proclamation of 2 special days named after him, June 3rd for David Tupaz Day and December 13 for David Tupaz Couture Day.


David Tupaz Interview with Yuliya Suleymanova (Produced by Suléy TV) 


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About Yuliya Suleymanova Ryan:
Yuliya is a Doctorate Candidate in Organizational Leadership. Professor. Marketing & Consumer Behavior Researcher. Media personality.

Yuliya Suleymanova is Suley Group Inc. Chair. CMO. Brand strategist.

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