• Alicia Hardesty from Project Runway Season 10
  • Andrea Katz from Project Runway Season 10
  • Beatrice Guapo from Project Runway Season 10
  • Buffi Jashanmal from Project Runway Season 10
  • Christopher Palu from Project Runway Season 10
  • Dmitry Sholokhov from Project Runway Season 10
  • Elena Slivnyak from Project Runway Season 10
  • Fabio Costa from Project Runway Season 10
  • Gunnar Deatherage from Project Runway Season 10
  • Kooan Kosuke from Project Runway Season 10
  • Lantie Foster from Project Runway Season 10
  • Melissa Fleis from Project Runway Season 10
  • Raul Osorio from Project Runway Season 10
  • Sonjia Williams from Project Runway Season 10
  • Ven budhu from Project Runway Season 10

Andrea Katz

58, Manhattan, NY
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When did you realize you had designer potential?

Age 10.

First garment you ever made?

I was 13 and made a poncho.

What's your design training/schooling?

Art school and self-taught on the job.

Have you won any awards?

No.

Strengths as a designer?

I don't follow trends.

Weaknesses as a designer?

I don't follow trends.

What have been your influences?

In the past I approached my work as an artist always pushing to challenge myself to push the edges on what I do. Now I try to do the same, but make it marketable.

What's playing on your iPod while you design?

I enjoy silence.

Favorite material/fabric to work with?

A good-quality Japanese tropical-weight wool.

Item you're most proud to have designed?

My hoop collection - it makes people smile.

Favorite designer(s)?

Margiela, Chalayan, Maurizio Amadeo, Yamamoto, Prada, Wang, Kawakubo.

Sketch or drape?

Both. I sometimes drape paper rather than sketch on it.

Patterns or solids?

Solids.

Favorite colors?

Black and white.

Biggest fear as a designer?

Losing everything again.

Fashion must?

Make whatever one buys "your own."

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

JEANS!

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

I don't have any regrets.

Favorite style icon?

Katharine Hepburn.

How would you dress Michelle Obama?

Something NOT using those awful patterned fabrics. She looks great in black and pink.

Dream celebrity client? What would you make for him/her?

A gown for Bjork or a suit for Tilda Swinton.

Favorite super model muse?

Not a fan of super models - I prefer super people.

If you had to name your label, you'd call it...

A+R=T.

If you weren't designing, you'd be...

Making art or teaching.

Any cultures/places you wish you could design for?

The employees of fast-food restaurants.

Dream place to set up your design business?

Argentina.

List of websites featuring your work?

akonyc.com

How were you described as a kid?

Smart and different.

How are you described now?

Always a surprise.

Why are you easy or difficult to live with?

I am honest and caring emotionally, and I am high emotional maintenance.

Favorite hangout?

My bed.

Hobbies?

Tango, running, reading, poetry.

Favorite films/TV shows?

"The Tango Lesson," "Amelie," "Out of Africa" (for the costumes and the story), and I loved "Treme."

Favorite books/authors?

John Irving, Alice Munro, bell hooks, Tariq Ali, Anne Lamott, Jonathan Franzen.

Favorite websites?

Huffington Post, NY Times, yoox, yugop.com

Favorite tweeters to follow?

Too busy to tweet.

iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?

iPhone.

Fast food or gourmet?

Vegetarian.

Cooking or takeout?

Both.

Favorite food(s)?

Anything fresh and as it appears in nature.

Beer or wine?AWine.

Guiltiest pleasure?

I am past guilt and on to Haagen-Dazs Dulce de Leche!

Biggest pet peeve?

Literally my pets. We have a love-hate relationship: They love me, and I hate them waking me at 5 a.m.

How'd you end up auditioning for PR?

My dopey running partner got the idea!

Favorite PR designer?

I decided not to study any shows or winners and just go into it cold.

What do you look for in a model?

Personality, and if they fit the feel of the collection. If they love wearing my clothes, it shows, as well. I like to use dancers. They are comfortable in their bodies.

Do you think you can win PR?

Yes and no. Yes, because I feel confident about my ability to design and work under pressure. No, because I work independently of most conventional ideas about designing for a mass market - especially in the current economic atmosphere. But you never know.