What have you been up to since your time on "Project Runway"?
I have continued adding to my long and blessed career since my appearance on Season 4. Post-filming, I took my daughter and then-boyfriend off to the desert, leaving my rent-controlled Hell's Kitchen apartment of 10 yrs. (Heavy sigh) So very glad to back in New York City. lights of the years in between: Disney's High School Musical 3, The Killing Room, private clients, projects, students, writing, drawing, marionettes, petite films, photos and stop-action, and fashion committed to one-of-a-kind slow design and couture. I love my fulfilling life of making, creating, teaching and being a full-time mother, friend, and maybe in the future once more, a companion.
What garment from your season of "Runway" do fans compliment you on the most to this day?
The first challenge, where I created a signature Hunger World free-cut one-seam gown, as well as the witnessed blessing mark on my once longtime client Sarah Jessica Parker Challenge I did with Sweet P Vaughn, are the two pieces I receive the most compliments on.
What do you think you are best remembered for from your season?
Let's face it. The most remembered aspect of me from season is the Hunger World blessing mark, a.k.a. saliva transfer from fingertip to fabric. Only television could reduce an admirable and talented independent career of some 14-plus years into the girl that spits on clothes. Delightful and very Hunger World! (She says with a pixie grin.)
My most favorite client would be quite difficult to choose, since 1/3 of my career over all these years has been private couture and art clientele. Since I am asked to choose, I would select journalist Tara Sutton, who assisted, with others, in the dangerous act of helping women and children flee Iraq on the eves before the war. She received an Amnesty International Award recognizing her work. And, of course, my family, especially my mom!
What celebrities would you love to dress?
I would adore working on a regular basis with Mila Kunis! I have researched her words and respect her evolution of career. Not to mention, she is strong, beautiful and intelligent . very Hunger World.
What are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career? Any weaknesses you.re still working on?
My strengths as a designer still reside within my life and vision of being a pure fine artist, sculptor, and even a bit of an intellectual trickster mixed with mystic. My weaknesses as a designer are predominately grounded in my commitment to slow design and a much-needed American artisan movement. I am often at odds as a designer with many of the decisions for growth which take production away from America, as well as some of the ethical and green issues surrounding those particular evolutionary necessities for a publicly successful global fashion business. I am working on making some strengthening choices in relation to some these particular personal and business concerns, while still maintaining my ethics.
How has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all?
I embarked on a series of paper-doll cuts as well as an entire machine-sewn history of sewing avant-series and line called Urban Nomads after my experience on Season 4 of Project Runway, and isolating in the desert. The paper-doll cuts were a natural evolution and resonate with French brutal design.
What are your favorite pieces and staple items in your closet?
My daughter and I laughed because they really are staples: denim shorts/miniskirt/jeans, boots and earrings.
Which fashion rule do you think is begging to be broken?
The fashion rule which is begging to be broken is that avarice and arrogance shows style.
How do you choose what to pack for "All Stars"?
I chose to pack all my favorite things and ways of dressing I have made for myself and others when I packed for "All Stars" with my daughter in the living room, Fellini's Satyricon playing in the background with no volume. I packed powerful gifts from friends and family to adorn and empower myself.
After being on the show, what "Project Runway" challenges do you think are the best and worst of all time?
I can only use my direct knowledge of Project Runway challenges, since I have never actually seen the show, except for a few hiccups of Season 9. (I am more of a documentary/period piece/BBC viewer.) I love the unusual-material challenge; it is my favorite. I have no least favorite. All challenges have their value.
Who is your favorite fellow "Project Runway" designer from any season, including yours, and why?
My favorite "Project Runway" designer goes beyond talent or personality, because I have generated lovely and respectful friendships with many of my colleagues on the show, and I feel we all have our talents. However, Austin would have to be my favorite "Project Runway" designer, due to his encapsulating the power of the show itself combined with his own obvious skill, talent and knowledge. He is a "Project Runway" iconic designer.
What goes through your head when you see yourself on television?
I have never seen myself on "Project Runway," yet I have seen myself on many other television shows over the years of my career: "E! Style," "Good Morning America," "Global Fashion News." I have always felt it's a bit surreal.
What is the one thing fans would be surprised to find out about you?
Fans would be very surprised to find out that though I am depicted as quirky, I have had the kind of career people in fashion people try to have without necessarily all the pop fanfare, that I am a devoted researcher of many topics, and that I am extremely specific and dedicated to my art and fashion and the life thereof. A life well lived is its own art.