Bring us up to speed!
I was nominated for a TONY Award for my work on "The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess," and I showed a collection at NYFW for Fall 2012, which will be sold online.
What garment from your season of "Runway" do fans compliment you on the most?
It's a 50/50 toss-up: One is the short dress I designed that won the challenge for the first episode. The other is the Circus gown I designed for the last episode of the season.
What do you think you are best remembered for from your season? AMy ESOSA print. QWho has been your favorite client to design for?
S. Epatha Merkerson and Audra McDonald.
What celebrities would you love to dress?
Diana Ross and Michelle Obama.
What are your strengths as a designer at this point in your career?
My ability to deliver a product to my clients that makes them feel and look good.
How has your design aesthetic changed since your time on the show, if at all?
My aesthetic is the same, but I'm more comfortable in my own design skin.
What are your favorite pieces/staple items in your closet?
I have collection of vintage tie bars, which I find on my travels.
Which fashion rule do you think is begging to be broken?
There are no fashion rules left!
How do you choose what to pack for "All Stars"?
I packed neutrals with a hint of color — things I can mix and match.
What "Project Runway" challenges do you think are the best and worst of all time?
The best are the "real women" and "unconventional materials" challenges.
Who is your favorite fellow "Project Runway" designer from any season?
I have three new favorites: Uli, for her sense of humor and optimism; Laura Kathleen, for her drive and self-awareness; and Althea, for her great personal style.
What goes through your head when you see yourself on television?
I need to smile more.
What is the one thing fans still would be surprised to find out about you?
That I have a sense of humor.
What makes you "All Star" material?
My previous performance on my season and my success outside the franchise show my versatility and drive.