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Age 22, Louisville, KY - Out Episode 9
What the fans are saying about PROJECT RUNWAY
Q&A Gunnar's Take
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? A In high school. It just came naturally.
QFirst garment you ever made? A My younger cousin's dance costumes. I hand-beaded and -sequined them. She adored them.
QWhat's your design training/schooling? A Self-taught.
QHave you won any awards? A I design the James Graham Brown Cancer Center's survivor ambassador dress every year for the Kentucky Derby.
QStrengths as a designer? A Outerwear, autumn/winter.
QWeaknesses as a designer? A The Grecian look. I'm not big on chiffon.
QWhat 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.
QWhat's playing on your iPod while you design? A Fleet Foxes, Florence and the Machine, Sia, Bertie Blackman, Imogen Heap.
QFavorite material/fabric to work with? A Knits, faux leathers. Things with some grip.
QItem you're most proud to have designed? A My spywear line. A week of sewing proved I could absolutely do this.
QFavorite designer(s)? A I'm thoroughly enjoying Burberry, Calvin Klein, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger.
QSketch or drape? A Drape.
QPatterns or solids? A Patterns. Go bold or go home.
QFavorite colors? A Black, white, neons, pastels.
QBiggest 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.
QFashion must? A A great blazer, bold or simple.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? A Low-cut pants when they shouldn't be low-cut.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? A I wear some ugly stuff sometimes just for the thrill or reaction. I have no regrets.
QFavorite style icon? A Jackie O. She is nothing but graceful.
QHow would you dress Michelle Obama? A A great shift dress and a fitted blazer. She needs to be classy at all times.
QDream celebrity client? What would you make for him/her? A Florence Welch. She needs something to make her look like the siren she is.
QFavorite super model muse? A Stella Tennant.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... A DEATHERAGE
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... A Doing interior design or event planning. I love both.
QAny cultures/places you wish you could design for? A London. Love the rain and overcast weather.
QDream place to set up your design business? A In a hub in London.
QList of websites featuring your work? A deatheragedesigns.com, courierjournal.com, blackandgreymagazine.com, Facebook
QHow were you described as a kid? A Shy, creative, energetic.
QHow are you described now? A Energetic, fun-loving, creative, loyal, considerate.
QWhy 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.
QFavorite hangout? A Coffee shops, the park.
QHobbies? A Hiking, taking photos, re-doing storefronts, painting.
QFavorite 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."
QFavorite websites? A StumbleUpon, Stereomood
QiPhone, Android, or Blackberry? A iPhone.
QFast food or gourmet? A Gourmet. Fast food will kill you.
QCooking or takeout? A Cooking. But unless someone else is the one cooking, it's takeout.
QFavorite food(s)? A Pasa. Anytime, anywhere.
QBeer or wine? A Wine.
QGuiltiest pleasure? A Birthday cake ice cream. Lots of it.
QBiggest pet peeve? A When I call someone and they don't answer.
QHow'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.
QFavorite 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.
QChallenge you hope they bring back? A The floral challenge. I would love to go to town on a floral dress.
QChallenge 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.
QWhat'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.
QWhat do you look for in a model? A Height, but long legs, great eyes and bold brows.
QDo you think you can win PR? A Absolutely. If you want something bad enough, you'll find a way to get it.