Stylish Gillian Uang sets trends in fashion and interior design
By Fiona Patricia S. Escandor
ALL eyes on her the minute she walks in the room — always a head-turner in her chic ensembles but never to the point that’s too flashy. It’s all in the details, a technique interior designer and style icon Gillian Uang has perfected over the years.
It’s almost second nature to her, she said, having grown up in a family whose appreciation for aesthetics was all around. From her grandma who had a knack for beautifying their home, to her dad who encouraged her early on to hone her creativity.
Gillian studied interior design in college. Then not leaving behind her love for fashion, she fused the two in a trendsetting online style guide aptly called By Details, where she shares how elements of dressing and space planning go together.
“You can relate your personal style to your space,” she said. “It’s all about studying what you like and familiarizing its elements. That’s what I want to teach my readers.”
By Details was launched in 2010, in between her time wrapping up her college thesis, as her outlet to share the trends she encountered while researching. Years after graduating, it has since evolved into one of Cebu’s renowned lifestyle blogs.
It is a thriving solo project with Gillian writing and dishing out style tips, conceptualizing shoots—and more notably even posing as model.
“I usually ask my sister to take my photos,” she revealed. “But I think everyone at home has tried taking a photo of me at least once.”
“Many people ask me why I dress up everyday,” Gillian said. “It’s different for everybody but for me, it gives me a boost of confidence. It makes me feel better, which then reflects in my work and output.”
Gillian used to do freelance styling work for product shots, ads and editorials. She also ran an online shop that sold both apparel and accessories, for which she did several concept shoots. Though she still dabbles in fashion styling occasionally, taking up most of her time now is her day job as visual merchandiser in a nationwide chain of furniture stores.
“We want to achieve a cohesive concept across all branches,” she said, traveling regularly to assist in the stores’ displays and marketing campaigns. Previously, Gillian was with a construction company also occupying a similar post.
As interior designer, Gillian has done residential and commercial projects, including a club in Mandaue City.
“But I prefer personal spaces,” she said. “They’re more interesting because I get to know more about my clients, incorporate their picture frames and memorabilia, and present these in such a way that makes them happy.”
A huge fan of how the practice is a balance of creativity and technical skill, Gillian added, “There’s a story behind every curved wall, behind every (choice of) ceiling, and that I think is very beautiful.”
Photography: Hafid Caballes
Hair & Make-up Artist: Hannah Kate Lim
Assistants: Chelzee Salera and Abby Kionisala, UP Interns
Venue: Dolce Café