Milka Quin, Project Runway Philippines Season 3 Winner: Up-Close
She is one of those really talented new designers that FDAP could be proud of.
With the new breed of fashion designers nowadays, so many of them have shown genuine talents and fresh ideas in their creation. And because of this, it has motivated organizers and TV networks to conduct a search for the most outstanding young designer. Project Runway is a reality TV series which focuses on fashion design. A local version of Project Runway is also conducted here in our country and it is shown in ETC channel. During its 3rd season, a female winner emerged, Milka Quin. She was the first female to be on finale, and the first female to win. From Pasig City, she was 34 years old when she won the contest.
Born in Quezon City, but spent most of her student life in Baguio City. She graduated honorable mention at Saint Louis School of Campo Filipino for her intermediate education. In high school, she graduated salutatorian at Pines City National Science High School. In 1998, she graduated Magna Cum Laude taking up Bachelor of Science in Commerce, major in Marketing at Saint Louis University.
After college, Milka worked at the Bank of Philippine Islands. In 2002, she also worked in Etelcare International as a quality monitoring specialist. After 2 years, she worked as an operations manager at Artistic Expressions LTD. And while working, she studied Fashion Design at La Salle College International, then studied further at Slims Fashion and Arts School.
In 2008, Milka left the country and resided in Madrid, Spain. She started doing clothes and sell them online. She gave birth to her first child and decided to take a rest for a while for her baby. In 2010, she came back to the Philippines.
After a year, she joined Project Runway Philippines season 3. The show lasted for months of tapings, until she finally emerged as the winner with her banana heart inspired collection. After Project Runway, she finally opened an atelier. She also teaches a nine month course – Bespoke Tailoring at Slims Fashion and Arts School.
Recently, when the Fashion Designers Association of the Philippines (FDAP) opened the doors for new members, Milka was one of those chosen to be part of this group. When I asked her about design aesthetic, hers are very feminine, yet minimalist.