Robert Alejandro Pays Tribute to Gilda Cordero-Fernando Through Cool Portraits

One piece of digital artwork takes less than an hour to finish.

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(SPOT.ph) Gilda Cordero-Fernando (June 4, 1932 - August 27, 2020) was one of the most prolific artists of her time. She was a writer, publisher, editor, producer, and fashion designer—and with these many hats came the most interesting OOTDs (even before OOTD was a thing). As a tribute to the cultural icon, Filipino artist Robjert Alejandro has been making digital drawings of cool personalities and posting them on his Instagram page since early September.

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"[Fernando was] a good friend and someone I really love and look up to. Gilda used to dress in such a cool and interesting way. This is my way of looking (and drawing) the 'Gilda's' of the world. We sure need more of them," Alejandro explains in an online exchange with SPOT.ph.

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He has so far sketched portraits of 67-year-old fashion enthusiast Tessie Singson (a.k.a. Lola Androgynous), Singaporean fashion entrepreneur Arissa Cheo, 99-year-old American interior designer Iris Apfel, Filipina fashion designer-slash-musician Kate Torralba, American singer Cher, and many more. It takes Alejandro less than an hour to finish one digital portrait.

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The artist is also asking for suggestions on who to draw through his Instagram page. "Someone quirky, artsy, cool and absolutely wonderful just like my love, #GildaCorderoFernando," he posted.

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