The Project Runway Blog

Meet the Project Runway Designers: Epperson

By CaitlinB Thu., Jul. 9, 2009 ,12:01 am EDT

EppersonLeading up to the big premiere on August 20, we’ll be highlighting different designers here on The Project Runway Blog. Up first: Epperson.

Designer to the stars and father of four, you’ll never meet a nicer guy. Rodney, who likes to go by his last name, Epperson, is a self-taught designer who grew up in Harlem. Epperson started designing in high school, focusing on creating deconstructed looks. He later enrolled at FIT, and, although he never completed his formal training, he went on to become a window dresser for Charivari in the ‘80s and ‘90s and currently does visual design for retailer H&M. Based out of New York City, Epperson’s had his duds worn by famous folk like JFK, Jr., Erykah Badu and Ciara (check out the pants she’s rocking on the cover of her album “Ciara: The Evolution”) in Epperson's portfolio.

Meet his close-knit family, peek inside his fab closet and get some tried-and-true fashion tips, like don’t wear different bright colored undies in white pants. (Your polka dots will show right through!)

Also, don’t miss his audition tape, where he reveals his big break in fashion: a rogue fashion show in front of Donna Karan’s tents at Bryant Park!