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  • 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
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  • Kooan Kosuke from Project Runway Season 10
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Elena Slivnyak

28, San Francisco, CA

When did you realize you had designer potential?

I've known I wanted to be a fashion designer ever since I was little.

First garment you ever made?

First real garment I created was in school for a school project.

What's your design training/schooling?

I got an AA degree in product development and a bachelor's of liberal arts majoring in fashion design from Academy of Art University.

Have you won any awards?

I won a summer internship with Nordstrom NPG while I was in school.

Strengths as a designer?

Developing high-quality structured garments. An eye for luxury, patterns and construction.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Time management.

What have been your influences?

Futurism has always been my biggest influence.

What's playing on your iPod while you design?

Massive Attack, Buddha Bar, Rammstein, Royksopp, Metric, Beats Antique.

Favorite material/fabric to work with?


Item you're most proud to have designed?

My jackets and coats are my pride and glory.

Favorite designer(s)?

Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen.

Sketch or drape?


Patterns or solids?


Favorite colors?

Blacks, nudes, grays, monochromatic color schemes.

Biggest fear as a designer?


Fashion must?

Shoes and accessories.

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

Trends drive me crazy, and disposable fashion drives me even crazier!

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

Don't remember.

Favorite style icon?

Lady Gaga.

How would you dress Michelle Obama?

A structured dress.

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

Lady Gaga. I would love to do something for her music video or tour, something extremely avant-garde.

Favorite super model muse?


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

Already have one. IIMUAHII.

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

Doing something in the art world. Product design, fashion editor, photographer and so on.

Any cultures/places you wish you could design for?

Europe, Japan and China are my targets for the future.

Dream place to set up your design business?

San Francisco. I love it here. It's my home.

List of websites featuring your work?


How were you described as a kid?

Outoing, creative and artistic, needy, curious.

How are you described now?

Crazy, demanding, generous, loving, enthusiastic, huge sense of humor, happy.

Why are you easy or difficult to live with?

I don't know if I'm easy to live with. I can say that I'm set in my own ways, though.

Favorite hangout?

In my studio!


Dancing, exploring, nature.

Favorite films/TV shows?

"Star Trek" (all of them), anything that has a futuristic concept, "Project Runway".

Favorite books/authors?

James Patterson. Detective stories.

On Twitter?


Favorite tweeters to follow

Not on Twitter that much. My friend usually updates for me.

iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?


Fast food or gourmet?

Gourmet. Can't eat fast food - it's disgusting.

Cooking or takeout?

Both. Mainly cooking.

Favorite food(s)?

Sushi, seafood.

Beer or wine?


Guiltiest pleasure?

Ice cream.

Biggest pet peeve?

Hair in bathroom. Hate it and find it disgusting!

How'd you end up auditioning for PR?

I've gotten emails from a casting director in the past and did not think I was ready, skill-wise, to appear. Since then I`ve been working on my skillls and now feel ready to showcase them to such a huge audience. My mom and boyfriend were a huge influence on me auditioning. I`ve watched "Project Runway" from the first season and and always knew that I would audition one day.

Favorite PR designer?

Christian Siriano, Irena Shabayeva.

Challenge you hope they bring back?

My favorite is always the avant-garde challenge.

Challenge you hope they don't bring back?

Team challenge. Ugh! I hate those!

What's your take on team challenges?

Hate them, because you're not fully in control of the outcome, and that is a no-no for me. When it comes to my work, I need to be in control at all times.

What do you look for in a model?

My model is usually the awkward girl, not the standard beauty, and has androgynous features.

Do you think you can win PR?

I think I have something different to deliver to the fashion world, a new take on the way I see the fashion world and a whole different girl than who everyone usually designs for. I feel I really grew as a designer in the last few years, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me on the show.