Visual Merchandiser, 24 years old, Zambales
Graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication, MJ finds fashion a good medium to tell a story. From a brief spell in TV production, she signed up in a two-year course in Fashion Institute of the Philippines, and easily landed a job as visual merchandiser for a popular apparel store.
Although relatively a freshman in the fashion scene, MJ is showing great potential. She has already had her taste of fashion shows, and her garments have piqued interest. Her design philosophy — that fashion should not just be a visual feast, but must also touch on the emotional and mental faculties of man — may have some promise to it. It’s a message she wants to send across, but will The Runway have the ears to listen to her voice?
What sets you apart from other designers? What makes you an interesting participant?
Being fearless in exploring the other facets of woman’s form, breaking the rules of modernity, and being headstrong on my “original” design aesthetic and philosophy make me far different and more interesting among all designers.
Have you gone through formal fashion training before? If not, what is your fashion design background?
I studied at the Fashion Institute of the Philippines where I took up formal courses on patternmaking, illustration, haute couture techniques, menswear, etc.
Have you joined other design competitions prior to Project Runway Philippines?
No. I haven’t joined any other design competition.
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