Margarita Alvarez

Designer

30, San Juan, Puerto Rico, #DesignerMargarita

When did you realize you had designer potential?
I was 15 years old when a fashion designer came across my sketches and hired me to intern with him.

What is your design training?
I went to the Rhode Island School of Design and majored in apparel and textile design.

Strengths as a designer?
Patternmaking.

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Weaknesses as a designer?
Hand sewing and finishes.

How did you end up auditioning for “Project Runway”?
Things were not going well at my current job. I decided that it was time for me to take my design career to the next level, so I sent in an application. I had applied nine years ago when I was still in college, but Tim Gunn said that I was too green and that I should come back again next year. Little did I know, it would take me 10 whole years to come back! And now, I am more ready than ever!

Challenge you wish they’d bring back?
The challenge where they made outfits to travel in and then flew to Paris!

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Challenge you hope they don’t?
The dog outfit challenge.

What’s your take on team challenges?
I love them because it shows you who truly can collaborate, and in the real world it’s all about collaborating.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Absolutely. I think I have the skills, drive and passion to win.