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Gerardo Encinas, originally from Mexico is a self taught designer who organized his first fashion show in 2013 as a launching celebration for his makeup studio. In 2014, Gerardo became co-director of the Miss Ohio Latina pageant, which allowed him to become further integrated in the world of design.

He’s been showcasing collections every year during the finale shows of Fashion Week Columbus since 2016. 

One of Gerardo’s most recent achievements has been designing costumes for Nina West, internationally known drag queen who rose to fame with her appearance on the eleventh season of RuPaul Drag Race.

He is currently collaborating with Opera Columbus in the custom couture design for the 2020 opera The Poppea Project.