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Age 28, New York, NY - Out Episode 12
What the fans are saying PROJECT RUNWAY ALL STARS
Q&A Austin's Take
QWhat have you been up to since your time on ''Project Runway''? A Traveling the world, creating beauty for street, stage and screen.
QWhat garment from your season of ''Runway'' do fans compliment you on the most to this day? A As proud as I am of my corn-husk dress, I ironically get the most compliments on the street for my ombre draped chiffon Grammy gown, which I was eliminated for.
QWhat do you think you are best remembered for from your season? A My joie de vivre.
QFavorite client? A Creating Heidi's Halloween costume was a pretty amazing experience. Oh! Such fun!
QWhat celebrities would you love to dress? A Marion Cotillard, Chloe Sevigny, Penelope Cruz.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career? Any weaknesses you.re still working on? A I've come to terms with the fact that my tulle addiction is something I will have to battle one day at a time.
QHow has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all? A My aesthetic has grown more sophisticated yet dynamic and imaginative, I think. One never stops developing one's mastery of the craft, but now I have more confidence and don't hold back.
QWhat are your favorite pieces and staple items in your closet? A My favorites are those hidden treasures one finds buried at the flea market: my vintage beaded Ungaro jacket, '80s Pierre Cardin jumpsuit, collapsible silk top hats and such. As for staples, I probably would die without my collection of black tuxedo trousers.
QWhich fashion rule do you think is begging to be broken? A Frankly, I think there are far too many rules being forsaken as it is. When I was a child, we didn't attend breakfast without full court regalia, jewels, ermine, panniers and powder.
QHow do you choose what to pack for .All Stars.? A Probably the hardest decision I have ever had to make in my life. In the end, I decided based on the filming dates' correlation with the sacred Shinto calendar of colors, multiple consultations with my clairvoyant, and the exact calculated maximum number of trunks and hatboxes that would fit into a caravan taxi.
QAfter being on the show, what .Project Runway. challenges do you think are the best and worst of all time? A I was so jealous of the third season.s trip to Paris and the haute couture challenge. But I always love the unconventional challenges that push the limits of your creativity.
QWho is your favorite fellow .Project Runway. designer from any season, including yours, and why? A While I feel I am betrothed to Santino Rice, Jay McCarroll will always be a brother to me.
QWhat goes through your head when you see yourself on television? A Wait! Stop! Who IS that fascinatingly glamorous young man up there, lighting up the screen?
QWhat is the one thing fans would be surprised to find out about you? A Well, everyone knows by now that in spite of my delicate appearance, I can water ski, fish for crabs and do stunt horseback-riding. This year I decided to surprise everyone with the fact that I am finally old enough to grow facial hair.
QWhat makes you All-Star material? A My silky sheen, diaphanous flutter and vibrant hue.