*Drumroll…. Introducing the winner of the House of Sheens – MDIS Collaboration: Penn Ramirez Galdo! She blew us away with her intricate designs and passion for fashion. We sat down with her for an interview to get to know her better!
  1. Why did you choose to take up Fashion & Design at MDIS?

I took up Fashion & Design in MDIS because I want to seek experience and all the knowledge about fashion Industry. MDIS has been an amazing training ground for me. Giving us an opportunity to tap on different kinds of aspects of fashion may it be on designing and marketing. The experience I have gained so far has been very fulfilling and I want to further my studies in MDIS School of Fashion Design.

  1. How do you think Fashion & Design is relevant to your personal everyday life?

Fashion is one thing and design is another thing. Fashion for me is something that is eternal and contagious. I may not follow certain fashion trends but I choose trends that last for a long time, and those that fit my body type. Design is something I have been mastering for a long time through inspiration from everywhere and constant practice. In my everyday life fashion and design has been that platform for me to show who I really am as a person and as an aspiring and emerging designer.

  1. Could you tell us how you have progressed as a student from the start of the program to the end?

In my study, so far I have been so open to all suggestions and criticisms on my work (at first I may be very discouraged) and I think as a designer the important key is to stay humble and submissive and that’s where all small things starts and gets bigger. I’ve also learned that it’s not about what you know but who you know, building good relationships with fellow designers and all the people around me is the best achievement.

  1. Where do your inspirations come from?

My Inspiration mainly comes from my love for abstract art from nature, zooming in to different kinds of forms that are naturally existing on a subject, and I always go for something different and untouched subjects. And I want this trend to be modernized and this made my work come into breathing. I was before a fine arts student who has been always exploring on different kind subjects that later helped me mostly on my design inspirations today.

  1. Which is/are the designer(s) who you admire the most?

I admire Francis Libiran who is a famous couture designer in the Philippines, He has been an inspiration for me to really tap on to something different yet full of beauty. One thing I really like about him is his technique of modernizing Philippine traditional fashion. His usage of Philippine’s rich natural resources like our pearls and shells to make cutting edge designs and Pineapple fibers to create an amazing garment flow and most importantly his design ethics. His designs have been recognized by the west and featured in America’s Next Top Model.

  1. Which designer bag(s) do you like the most, from your perspective as a designer? Why?

I love Marchesa! They have built a fashion empire defined by elegant eveningwear and one of a kind couture designs. They have this high level of sophistication and femininity in their bags. They always have this unique brand identity that I cannot compare to anyone. I want to somehow adopt this identity on my designs especially on bag designing, Just like Marchesa, I want women to feel beautiful and confident as they strut and carry the handbags and purses.

7. Could you show us some of your works that you are really proud of?

I participated in an inter-school fashion design competition called EMERGE in 2012. It’s a youth event in our church. Having 1,000 participants from different art schools. And won the 1st Price. My winning piece is called Spektra.


This design is inspired by the movie Black Swan in 2010 starring Natalie Portman, this is one of our first assignment. This is a ready-to-wear piece for a fashionable ballerina; this piece is very unique because of its square shape sleeves warrior-like giving the model a sense of confidence and avant-garde take on her everyday casual look.

This is my entry for Digital Fashion Week 2014 in Singapore. I was shortlisted to be able to represent MDIS in this event.