By Rey Robes Ilagan

Celebrated fashion designer Eddie Baddeo died Friday at the age of 58.

Eddie Baddeo, who made a name for himself with his couture creations, died Friday morning in Quezon City. The designer was diagnosed with stage 2 colorectal cancer back in June 2016. He also suffered from a hypothyroid condition.

Revered as Philippine fashion’s enfant terrible, Baddeo first made his mark as a designer of avant garde fashion, creating highly artistic clothes from the most unlikely materials in the ’80s.

Through the decades, Baddeo was best known for dressing society’s most stylish with his classic designs and timeless elegance and grace such as draping that would cascade down the back, flowing skirts, and feminine sheaths.

Baddeo last appeared at the Annual Best-Dressed Women of the Philippines Awards Ball by the Philippine Cancer Society last year. Staged at the main theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP), the fashion show, produced by Zardo Austria, raised funds for the Marawi City war victims. A book published for the event, celebrating Baddeo’s 33rd anniversary in Philippine fashion, is set to be launched next month at CCP.