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Gunnar Deatherage

22, Louisville, KY
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When did you realize you had designer potential?

In high school. It just came naturally.

First garment you ever made?

My younger cousin's dance costumes. I hand-beaded and -sequined them. She adored them.

What's your design training/schooling?

Self-taught.

Have you won any awards?

I design the James Graham Brown Cancer Center's survivor ambassador dress every year for the Kentucky Derby.

Strengths as a designer?

Outerwear, autumn/winter.

Weaknesses as a designer?

The Grecian look. I'm not big on chiffon.

What have been your influences?

I've recently begun to reflect on designs in history. I like the idea of recreating it to have my aesthetic. I'm all about balance in design.

What's playing on your iPod while you design?

Fleet Foxes, Florence and the Machine, Sia, Bertie Blackman, Imogen Heap.

Favorite material/fabric to work with?

Knits, faux leathers. Things with some grip.

Item you're most proud to have designed?

My spywear line.

Favorite designer(s)?

I'm thoroughly enjoying Burberry, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger.

Sketch or drape?

Drape.

Patterns or solids?

Patterns. Go bold or go home.

Favorite colors?

Black, white, neons, pastels.

Biggest fear as a designer?

"Nothing to fear but fear itself." Haha, no, I just want people to appreciate my work as art. They don`t have to like it. Just appreciate it.

Fashion must?

A great blazer, bold or simple.

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

Low-cut pants when they shouldn't be low-cut.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

I wear some ugly stuff sometimes just for the thrill or reaction. I have no regrets.

Favorite style icon?

Jackie O. She is nothing but graceful.

How would you dress Michelle Obama?

A great shift dress and a fitted blazer. She needs to be classy at all times.

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

Florence Welch. She needs something to make her look like the siren she is.

Favorite super model muse?

Stella Tennant.

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

DEATHERAGE

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

Doing interior design or event planning. I love both.

Any cultures/places you wish you could design for?

London. Love the rain and overcast weather.

Dream place to set up your design business?

In a hub in London.

List of websites featuring your work?

deatheragedesigns.com, courierjournal.com, blackandgreymagazine.com, Facebook

How were you described as a kid?

Shy, creative, energetic.

How are you described now?

Energetic, fun-loving, creative, loyal, considerate.

Why are you easy or difficult to live with?

I'm very carefree. If you live with me I don't go overboard on rules, which also means I give myself no rules. I always have tons of laundry to do and dishes in the sink.

Favorite hangout?

Coffee shops, the park.

Hobbies?

Hiking, taking photos, re-doing storefronts, painting.

Favorite films/TV shows?

"Harry Potter," "Lord of the Rings," "Burlesque," "The Devil Wears Prada," "Bridesmaids," "Pretty Woman," "Breakfast at Tiffany`s," "Steel Magnolias," "Chicago."

Favorite websites?

StumbleUpon, Stereomood

iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?

iPhone.

Fast food or gourmet?

Gourmet. Fast food will kill you.

Cooking or takeout?

Cooking. But unless someone else is the one cooking, it's takeout.

Favorite food(s)?

Pasa. Anytime, anywhere.

Beer or wine?

Wine.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Birthday cake ice cream. Lots of it.

Biggest pet peeve?

When I call someone and they don't answer.

How'd you end up auditioning for PR?

I got called to audition again, so I figured, why not? I was in the top 20 of Season 9.

Favorite PR designer?

Kenley has a great aesthetic.A lot of people refer to her style as being a one-trick pony, but I love the vintage style.

Challenge you hope they bring back?

The floral challenge. I would love to go to town on a floral dress.

Challenge you hope they don't bring back?

The mom challenge. I don't think I'd like sewing for someone else's mom. Moms are hard to please when they aren't your own.

What's your take on team challenges?

Eh. I'll do them but I don't love them. I'm known to be bossy in those situations.

What do you look for in a model?

Height, but long legs, great eyes and bold brows.

Do you think you can win PR?

Absolutely. If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to get it.