Filipino nursing professor Michael Sta. Maria is now one of the emerging fashion designers of his country and is receiving international recognition, most recently representing the Philippines at Los Angeles Fashion Week and Atlanta International Fashion Week, early of 2016. Also he showcased his couture works at The Mercedes-Benz Stylo Asia Fashion Week held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and a successful show in Scotland Fashion Showcase, United Kingdom; last November 2015. His works was recognized by international media platforms like the major WWD where his collection for his LA Fashion week was featured, he also landed into the cover of a New York Based Fashion Magazine “Hues”, was featured by Blush Magazine Vancouver and other US based magazine like Black Chalk Magazine, Reflekt Magazine, The Dapifer Magazine to name a few. He was also named by Metro Magazine in the Philippines on their June 2016 issue as one of the 7 Filipino designers who’s starting to make a name in the international fashion scene.
MSM, manages his own atelier in his home province north of Manila designing sophisticated gowns for celebrities including Miss Universe Philippines 2016, Miss World USA 2016 and Miss World Philippines 2014. His work encompasses bridal, luxe wear, red carpet, evening and debut.
Following a near fatal accident two years ago, Michael spent his long convalescence creatively, concentrating on his passion for fashion design. After years in a successful nursing career, as a National licensing exam lecturer and textbook author, he took courses at The Fashion Institute of the Philippines and is now a member of the prestigious Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines. His range is diverse, from goth to gala, but the clothing is always intriguing, exquisite and meticulously crafted.