, Bohemian Rhapsody Weekly Magazine
, our media crew who worked with Rocky Gathercole lately and all the fashion world.
The sad news about passing away of Very Gathercole incredibly unique fashion brand creator, Rocky Gathercole
, at the age of 55 sent all his fans, social media followers, clients, friends and family into a hysterical state of shock. In his spectacular artistic career, the Filipino-born fashion designer established a reputation as the extraordinary avant-garde garments creator. My personal feeling was and still is inconsolable. Thousands of people paid tribute at his live video funeral services.
I was invited by Alexander O. Montgomery, Choy Symes
and @Anthony Wayne to Rocky's fashion show in 2018 in Melbourne and had a chance to speak with him BTS after the show. Humble, witty, modest and very grounded and happy, Rocky had time for everyone who approached him that evening to pay their respect to the show he prepared. He was restless and welcomed everyone with his warmest smile. Later in 2021 we were lucky enough to reconnect with Rocky, run a formal interview with him ( @Anthony Wayne) and feature the images of his latest creations on our magazine four covers as well as inside the magazine. He was very easy to communicate with, very open and down to Earth, the features I highly respect in humans that mainly define the greatest talent. Ego kills talent. Being humble only highlights the beauty of your creative soul. When you know who you are there is no pretention of who you are not.
Rocky was "an inspiration, coming from humble beginnings being homeless in the Philippines at a young age, to the glitz and glam of Hollywood." His love for design and the desire to create changed his life completely. The designer had a strong impact on the Dubai and Saudi Arabia fans for more than 20 years as well as his mother land, Philippines where he originally inherited his unorthodox style. Rocky dressed up Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears, Nicky Minaj, and Katy Perry to name a few celebrities. The artist's fearless and provocative designs and astonishing ideas are dramatic and "have the ability to communicate deep down our senses " His inspiration is known to be born from "seen and unseen". His designs were not only sewn, they were "constructed".
This moment we are paying our respects to legendary Rocky's talent in his non physical presence for all of us as we all know that Soul is eternal. Though heartbroken of the genius quick passing away, we were honored to work with Rocky at his almost last hours of life together with @Kirstie Jones , one of our magazine graphic designers, RIP, the finest soul!