Benilde has always had an enormous fascination for Fashion. From an early age she started to learn how to sew and design clothes, until she started her Bachelor's degree, going through the Master's degree until she finished her PhD in Fashion Design. She worked in the fashion industry as a patternmaking assistant, getting in touch with some of the most recognized fashion brands in the world. She was a researcher in several projects in the textile and clothing industry; she wrote the dissertation "Tailoring in contemporaneity: handmade tailoring and industrial tailoring" and the PhD thesis "Gender issues in genderless clothing: trend versus paradigm", among other scientific articles, chapters, opinion articles, etc. She is specialized in computer-aided patternmaking and 3D CAD/Digital Fashion. Her research areas: genderless clothing / gender issues in clothing, Digital Fashion (3D), Patternmaking, Fashion Communication, etc. Currently she is a lecturer at ULHT, coordinating curricular units in Fashion Design, collaborating also in other courses in the area of Design. In parallel with teaching, she has a personal online project, The Worth of Fashion where she creates and write content about fashion.
2020: PhD in Fashion Design | University of Beira Interior & University of Minho. Thesis title: ‘Gender Issues in Genderless Clothing: Trend versus Paradigm’
2013: Master’s Degree in Fashion Design | University of Beira Interior Title of the dissertation: ‘Tailoring in contemporary times: Handcrafted Tailoring and Industrial Tailoring a case study’
2011: Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design | University of Beira Interior