Fashion Designer, 24 years old, Manila
The minute she spread her design portfolio in the auditions, Cheetah instantly wowed the screening panel. Lush, gaudy, dark, and elaborate, her creations vividly displayed master craftsmanship. That, plus a lengthy and profound narrative, made Cheetah unforgettable.
Cheetah’s wild affair with fashion started at the young age of 12. This designer-provocateur finished her degree at Philippine Fashion Institute, and in no time her outlandish designs were blazing the glossies and drawing raving reviews. The Runway simply can’t wait to see what all the rage is about.
What sets you apart from other designers? What makes you an interesting participant?
I’m unconventional, different, and I wouldn’t settle on anything less. I’m a maximalist and a showgirl. Well, my personality is interesting enough not to make the viewers sleep while watching the show. I love to have fun, and I think fashion has to be that way — it’s supposed to be fun.
Have you gone through formal fashion training before? If not, what is your fashion design background?
I was a student at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde. I took up Fashion Design and Merchandising, and eventually took up further studies at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines. I’ve been mentored by some of the best of the industry, such as Aries Lagat, Jerome Salaya Ang, and John Herrera.
Have you joined other design competitions prior to Project Runway Philippines?
I have participated in lots of fashion design competitions and humbly, I have won several awards.
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