Fashion Design Student, 21 years old, Nueva Ecija
Fashion design is Fatima’s creative fix. This is where she vents her restless ideas and fashion fantasies. A Muslim girl of faithful restraints, Fatima nonetheless portrays the fashion proverb, “Fashion is for everyone.” She aims to use her gig in Project Runway Philippines to inspire more young Muslim women to come out of their shell and add some spunk to the traditional abaya.
Her garments obviously have got some sass, pretty striking from a new designer who has yet to complete her fashion arts degree at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde. Young and with a tapestry of style and skills, will she be the first Muslim designer to ever win the competition?
What sets you apart from other designers? What makes you an interesting participant?
Being the only Muslim participant of the show makes me interesting already. I design especially for Muslim women who wear the hijab or dress up modestly by covering the body except for the face and hands. What I try to show is that being covered doesn’t mean we give up the freedom of being fashionable, especially with the climate here in the Philippines. Though I am a Muslim designer, I design for everyone regardless of their religion as long as they appreciate my craftsmanship. I think it’s new for everyone to see a Filipino Muslim woman fashion designer being involved in this kind of field especially being here in the competition.
Have you gone through formal fashion training before? If not, what is your fashion design background?
Yes. I’ve been studying a degree in fashion and merchandising. I also studied dressmaking at Slim’s Fashion School.
Have you joined other design competitions prior to Project Runway Philippines?
Give one word that best describes you as a designer.