Dmitry Sholokhov

New York, NY - Winner
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When did you realize you had designer potential?

I started sketching very early, around age 7, and I think around age 10 I already knew that I would be a designer.

First garment you ever made?

I used to be a professional ballroom dancer, and around age 11 I started designing costumes for myself, my partners, my friends.

What's your design training/schooling?

I graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Fashion Design.

Have you won any awards?

GenArt Award, "24 Hour Catwalk" grand prize winner, the Parsons Designer showcase at DEBUT, finalist in the Saga Furs Design competition, finalist of the Gap Design competition, Gene Kahn Scholarship Award.

Strengths as a designer?

I have great construction, draping and technical skills.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Sometimes I don't have enough patience.

What have been your influences?

I am usually inspired by architecture and graphic forms and objects. My designs are clean, graphic, but comfortable at the same time. Comfort is very important to me as a designer.

What's playing on your iPod while you design?

I like all kinds of music, from classical to pop. Love French music.

Favorite material/fabric to work with?

I like to work with men's fabrics, jersey, wool and leather.

Item you're most proud to have designed?

I have many I am proud of.

Favorite designer(s)?

I don't really have a favorite designer, but I admire the work of Alexander McQueen.

Sketch or drape?

Depends on the situation/design. I love to drape.

Patterns or solids?

Solids.

Favorite colors?

Black, white, grays, metallic, navy.

Biggest fear as a designer?

Not to achieve my goals.

Fashion must?

Right shoes and accessories.

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

People who wear unflattering clothes.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

Why would I?!

Favorite style icon?

Daphne Guinness, Tilda Swinton, Patricia Kaas.

How would you dress Michelle Obama?

Elegant suit.

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

Daphne Guinness, Tilda Swinton, Patricia Kaas. Red carpet looks.

Favorite super model muse?

Daria Werbowy.

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

Dmitry Sholokhov.

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

Rock star, actor.

Dream place to set up your design business?

Headquarters in NY and a boutique in every major city in the world.

List of websites featuring your work?

dmitrysholokhov.carbonmade.com

How were you described as a kid?

Happy, dreamy.

How are you described now?

Ambitious, strong, a bit sarcastic.

Why are you easy or difficult to live with?

I get along with most people, but I can't live with messy people.

Favorite hangout?

Beach.

Hobbies?

Traveling, biking, hiking.

Favorite films/TV shows?

So many.

Favorite books/authors?

"The Picture of Dorian Gray" by Oscar Wilde. Love to read autobiographies.

Favorite websites?

Facebook, style.com

On Twitter?

@dmitrysholokhov

iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?

iPhone.

Favorite tweeters to follow?

Not a big follower.

Fast food or gourmet?

Gourmet!

Cooking or takeout?

Cooking.

Favorite food(s)?

Healthy stuff: Fish, nuts, fruits and veggies.

Beer or wine?AWine!

Guiltiest pleasure?

Salami, butter bean ice cream.

Biggest pet peeve?

Small, spoiled, annoying dogs.

How'd you end up auditioning for PR?

My friend told me about the audition.

Favorite PR designer?

Christian Siriano, Austin Scarlett.

Challenge you hope they bring back?

The winning look goes on the cover of "Marie Claire."

Challenge you hope they don't bring back?

Uniform.

What's your take on team challenges?

Depends on the team, but I'm not crazy about them.

What do you look for in a model?

Balanced proportions, height, individuality.

Do you think you can win PR?

Absolutely YES!