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Age 28, San Francisco, CA - Out Episode 11
What the fans are saying about PROJECT RUNWAY
Q&A Elena's Take
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? A I've known I wanted to be a fashion designer ever since I was little.
QFirst garment you ever made? A First real garment I created was in school for a school project.
QWhat's your design training/schooling? A I got an AA degree in product development and a bachelor's of liberal arts majoring in fashion design from Academy of Art University.
QHave you won any awards? A I won a summer internship with Nordstrom NPG while I was in school.
QStrengths as a designer? A Developing high-quality structured garments. An eye for luxury, patterns and construction.
QWeaknesses as a designer? A Time management.
QWhat have been your influences? A Futurism has always been my biggest influence.
QWhat's playing on your iPod while you design? A Massive Attack, Buddha Bar, Rammstein, Royksopp, Metric, Beats Antique.
QFavorite material/fabric to work with? A Neoprene.
QItem you're most proud to have designed? A My jackets and coats are my pride and glory.
QFavorite designer(s)? A Gareth Pugh and Alexander McQueen.
QSketch or drape? A Both.
QPatterns or solids? A Patterns.
QFavorite colors? A Blacks, nudes, grays, monochromatic color schemes.
QBiggest fear as a designer? A None.
QFashion must? A Shoes and accessories.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? A Trends drive me crazy, and disposable fashion drives me even crazier!
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? A Don't remember.
QFavorite style icon? A Lady Gaga.
QHow would you dress Michelle Obama? A A structured dress.
QDream celebrity client? What would you make for him/her? A Lady Gaga. I would love to do something for her music video or tour, something extremely avant-garde.
QFavorite super model muse? A None.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... A Already have one. IIMUAHII.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... A Doing something in the art world. Product design, fashion editor, photographer and so on.
QAny cultures/places you wish you could design for? A Europe, Japan and China are my targets for the future.
QDream place to set up your design business? A San Francisco. I love it here. It's my home.
QList of websites featuring your work? A iimuahii.com
QHow were you described as a kid? A Outoing, creative and artistic, needy, curious.
QHow are you described now? A Crazy, demanding, generous, loving, enthusiastic, huge sense of humor, happy.
QWhy are you easy or difficult to live with? A I don't know if I'm easy to live with. I can say that I'm set in my own ways, though.
QFavorite hangout? A In my studio!
QHobbies? A Dancing, exploring, nature.
QFavorite films/TV shows? A "Star Trek" (all of them), anything that has a futuristic concept, "Project Runway".
QFavorite books/authors? A James Patterson. Detective stories.
QOn Twitter? A @iimuahii
QFavorite tweeters to follow: A Not on Twitter that much. My friend usually updates for me.
QiPhone, Android, or Blackberry? A iPhone!
QFast food or gourmet? A Gourmet. Can't eat fast food - it's disgusting.
QCooking or takeout? A Both. Mainly cooking.
QFavorite food(s)? A Sushi, seafood.
QBeer or wine? A Wine.
QGuiltiest pleasure? A Ice cream.
QBiggest pet peeve? A Hair in bathroom. Hate it and find it disgusting!
QHow`d you end up auditioning for PR? A 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.
QFavorite PR designer? A Christian Siriano, Irena Shabayeva.
QChallenge you hope they bring back? A My favorite is always the avant-garde challenge.
QChallenge you hope they don't bring back? A Team challenge. Ugh! I hate those!
QWhat's your take on team challenges? A 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.
QWhat do you look for in a model? A My model is usually the awkward girl, not the standard beauty, and has androgynous features.
QDo you think you can win PR? A 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.