Gunnar Deatherage

Louisville, KY - Out Episode 9

Q: When did you realize you had designer potential?

A:  In high school. It just came naturally.

Q: First garment you ever made?

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

Q: What's your design training/schooling?

A:  Self-taught.

Q: Have you won any awards?

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

Q: Strengths as a designer?

A:  Outerwear, autumn/winter.

Q: Weaknesses as a designer?

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

Q: What have been your influences?

A:  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.

Q: What's playing on your iPod while you design?

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

Q: Favorite material/fabric to work with?

A:  Knits, faux leathers. Things with some grip.

Q: Item you're most proud to have designed?

A:  My spywear line.

A:  week of sewing proved I could absolutely do this.

Q: Favorite designer(s)?

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

Q: Sketch or drape?

A:  Drape.

Q: Patterns or solids?

A: Patterns. Go bold or go home.

Q: Favorite colors?

A: Black, white, neons, pastels.

Q: Biggest fear as a designer?

A :"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.

Q: Fashion must?

A:  great blazer, bold or simple.

Q: Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

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

Q: Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

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

Q: Favorite style icon?

A:  Jackie O. She is nothing but graceful.

Q: How would you dress Michelle Obama?

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

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

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

Q: Favorite super model muse?

A:Stella Tennant.

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


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

A: Doing interior design or event planning. I love both.

Q: Any cultures/places you wish you could design for?

A:  London. Love the rain and overcast weather.

Q: Dream place to set up your design business?

A:  In a hub in London.

Q: List of websites featuring your work?

A:,,, Facebook

Q: How were you described as a kid?

A: Shy, creative, energetic.

Q: How are you described now?

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

Q: Why are you easy or difficult to live with?

A: 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.

Q: Favorite hangout?

A:  Coffee shops, the park.

Q: Hobbies?

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

Q: Favorite films/TV shows?

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

Q: Favorite websites?

A:  StumbleUpon, Stereomood

Q: iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?

A iPhone.

Q: Fast food or gourmet?

A:  Gourmet. Fast food will kill you.

Q: Cooking or takeout?

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

Q: Favorite food(s)?

A Pasa. Anytime, anywhere.

Q: Beer or wine?

A:  Wine.

Q: Guiltiest pleasure?

A: Birthday cake ice cream. Lots of it.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?

A: When I call someone and they don't answer.

Q: How'd you end up auditioning for PR?

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

Q: Favorite PR designer?

A 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.

Q: Challenge you hope they bring back?

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

Q: Challenge you hope they don't bring back?

A 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.

Q: What's your take on team challenges?

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

Q: What do you look for in a model?

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

Q: Do you think you can win PR?

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