Due to her holistic approach of the deconstruction and resurrection of the hidden beauty of the Banana Plant, 34-year-old Milka Quin Redoble, an entrepreneur from Pasig City won the third season of Project Runway Philippines.
After several successful years in banking, she quit the job and switched to something more creative — fashion. Milka Quin Redoble got herself into Slim’s Fashion and Art School and has never stopped designing since. Joining Project Runway Philippines Season 3, she never expected to walk away with the top prize.
Please give us your thoughts on the collections of the other finalists?
Milka: Okay. Um, of course with Cheetah, always exciting naman talaga yung collection ni Cheetah, she’s really, tama talaga yung sinabi sakanya, she’s really a show-woman. Ano kami eh, super friends pero super opposites. She always wants, sabi niya nga, hindi raw siya magiging contented ‘pag hindi mabongga yung kanyang gawa, hindi yung all-out and things like that. And I really appreciate yung effort niya, pag nakita mo up-close yung mga damit na gawa niya, they were super detailed and things like that. Detailed siya. The aesthetics of Cheetah, super show. Kita mo naman yung kanyang mga accessories. And I really admire yung over-all na pag-ayos niya, hindi lang yung damit eh, she pays attention to the over-all look of the person while the model is walking down the runway. Ako kasi minsan afterthought ko na lang yun eh, ako kasi minsan, damit lang yung una ko, tapos afterthought na lang yung mga ayos. But siya, iniisip niya na yun while she’s conceptualizing. Ayun. And then Amor naman, if you can see how she works, I really admire how she works dun sa mga collection niya. Mabilis. Yung time-management niya, magaling. And then, yung aesthetics niya,very nice and very clean, and very feminine si Amor lagi. Si Nel naman, Nel was really surprising, kasi it was his final collection, really, para siyang ano, very futuristic but feminine. Parang na-amaze ako dun samga ginawa niya, very intricate pieces of plastic. Ang galling.
What are your plans after Project Runway?
Milka: After project runway I hope I can work, and produce more, I’m gonna open again my online shop. I hope I can open a shop here in Manila where clients can visit and I hope that I can go to Philippine Fashion Week this October. I’m working on my next collection for that specific fashion show.
Have you had any calls ever since the announcement that you’ve won? Has anyone called you to say, ‘I want you make me a dress’?
Milka: Yes, I have, I have. It’s really a blessing. Parang there’s some positive feedbacks and some incoming well.
Sum up your Project Runway experience in five words.
Milka: Hmm. Basta it was an experience of a lifetime. Again. It’s just unbelievable.
As part of your prize as Project Runway Philippines Season 3 winner you get to go to Paris Fashion Week. Are you excited?
Milka: Yes, I heard… I don’t know, I’m not sure, but I heard that it’s very exclusive, you really cannot go in Paris Fashion Week with a ticket or something. It has to be by invitation only. So I’m really excited to see and to you know, experience the international feel of the fashion week.
How did you feel during the final judging?
Milka: Uh, during the final judging, I was like, of course we were all nervous. Always, always. When you stand in front of the judges on that stage, you will never, ever fail to feel really nervous. Always. But then, uh, it’s okay, I guess. Because after that, everything going to end. That’s the final leg, so, I mean, we stood there really nervous but, I’m nervous, but at the end of the day, I’m thinking na, okay, this is final, this is it. This is just one day and, I’m gonna go through this. I’m gonna go through all of this nervousness and things like that, so tomorrow I can just go on tomorrow and work. That was what I was thinking when we were on that stage.