• Alicia Hardesty from Project Runway Season 10
  • Andrea Katz from Project Runway Season 10
  • Beatrice Guapo from Project Runway Season 10
  • 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
  • Fabio Costa from Project Runway Season 10
  • Gunnar Deatherage from Project Runway Season 10
  • Kooan Kosuke from Project Runway Season 10
  • Lantie Foster from Project Runway Season 10
  • Melissa Fleis from Project Runway Season 10
  • Raul Osorio from Project Runway Season 10
  • Sonjia Williams from Project Runway Season 10
  • Ven budhu from Project Runway Season 10

Kooan Kosuke

30, Himeji, Japan

When did you realize you had designer potential?

16 years old.

First garment you ever made?

16 years old.

What's your design training/schooling?

Fashion Institute of Technology.

Have you won any awards?

Fusion Fashion Show, "The Best Designer of FIT of 2006."

Strengths as a designer?

Designing, pattern making, draping, tailoring, etc.

What have been your influences?

The world that is in front of me, anywhere and any situation.

What's playing on your iPod while you design?

Random music from all different genres. The Jackson 5!

Favorite material/fabric to work with?

Some material of fabric that I've never seen or used before.

Item you're most proud to have designed?

Jacket, jumpsuits.

Favorite designer(s)?

Kenzo, Jean Paul Gaultier.

Sketch or drape?


Patterns or solids?


Favorite colors?

Every color!

Biggest fear as a designer?

Think about the time that everyone stops wearing clothing.

Fashion must?

Fashion must fashion!

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

Not at all.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?


Favorite style icon?

Michael Jackson.

How would you dress Michelle Obama?

Outfit that's covered by Obama beads.

Favorite super model muse?

Ai Tominaga. 

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

KOOan and KOOan.

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

Your mother.

Any cultures/places you wish you could design for?

Space shuttle!

Dream place to set up your design business?

New York.

List of websites featuring your work?


How were you described as a kid?

Smart big head and small butt and shortest leg that can run fast.

How are you described now?

He doesn't know how to shut up, and he's crazy, but truthfully, actually Kooan is nice.

Why are you easy or difficult to live with?

Cause my blood type is O!

Favorite hangout?

Friend's place! Anywhere.


Skiing, swimming, watching people who look at me, KARAOKE!

Favorite films/TV shows?

"Futurama," "Soul Plane," "South Park." 

On Twitter?


Favorite tweeters to follow?


iPhone, Android, or Blackberry?


Fast food or gourmet?

Both! I love Popeye's!

Cooking or takeout?

Both! I love cooking at my friend's place.

Favorite food(s)?

Let me say out loud: SUSHI! I love Dragon Rolls, but I do like A-1 sauce.

Beer or wine?

Beer? Maybe. Maybe wine. Can't even drink much of either.

How'd you end up auditioning for PR?

First time I tried out when I was still a student, and they weren't looking for a student, so I was out! Second time was for Season 6. I did a show in Brooklyn, and someone found me. And while I realized I was already cast, my green card did not.

Favorite PR designer?

Jay McCarroll, Chloe Dao, Santino Rice.

Challenge you hope they don't bring back?

Making something for someone's mother.

What's your take on team challenges?

Love them and hate them! I don't know why!

What do you look for in a model?

Inside beauty is everything. I like to talk and see how it goes besides the look.

Do you think you can win PR?

YES! Because I SAY so. Well, because I am going to try my best of best and see what happens.