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Age 30, Himeji, Japan - Out Episode 4
What the fans are saying about PROJECT RUNWAY
Q&A Kooan's Take
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? A 16 years old.
QFirst garment you ever made? A 16 years old.
QWhat's your design training/schooling? A Fashion Institute of Technology.
QHave you won any awards? A Fusion Fashion Show, "The Best Designer of FIT of 2006."
QStrengths as a designer? A Designing, pattern making, draping, tailoring, etc.
QWhat have been your influences? A The world that is in front of me, anywhere and any situation.
QWhat's playing on your iPod while you design? A Random music from all different genres. The Jackson 5!
QFavorite material/fabric to work with? A Some material of fabric that I've never seen or used before.
QItem you're most proud to have designed? A Jacket, jumpsuits.
QFavorite designer(s)? A Kenzo, Jean Paul Gaultier.
QSketch or drape? A Both.
QPatterns or solids? A Yes.
QFavorite colors? A Every color!
QBiggest fear as a designer? A Think about the time that everyone stops wearing clothing.
QFashion must? A Fashion must fashion!
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? A Not at all.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? A Hmm.
QFavorite style icon? A Michael Jackson.
QHow would you dress Michelle Obama? A Outfit that's covered by Obama beads.
QFavorite super model muse? A Ai Tominaga.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... A KOOan and KOOan.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... A Your mother.
QAny cultures/places you wish you could design for? A Space shuttle!
QDream place to set up your design business? A New York.
QList of websites featuring your work? A facebook.com/kooan
QHow were you described as a kid? A Smart big head and small butt and shortest leg that can run fast.
QHow are you described now? A He doesn't know how to shut up, and he's crazy, but truthfully, actually Kooan is nice.
QWhy are you easy or difficult to live with? A Cause my blood type is O!
QFavorite hangout? A Friend's place! Anywhere.
QHobbies? A Skiing, swimming, watching people who look at me, KARAOKE!
QFavorite films/TV shows? A "Futurama," "Soul Plane," "South Park."
QOn Twitter? A @kooan
QFavorite tweeters to follow? A @hellojonte
QiPhone, Android, or Blackberry? A Android.
QFast food or gourmet? A Both! I love Popeye's!
QCooking or takeout? A Both! I love cooking at my friend's place.
QFavorite food(s)? A Let me say out loud: SUSHI! I love Dragon Rolls, but I do like A-1 sauce.
QBeer or wine? A Beer? Maybe. Maybe wine. Can't even drink much of either.
QHow'd you end up auditioning for PR? A 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.
QFavorite PR designer? A Jay McCarroll, Chloe Dao, Santino Rice.
QChallenge you hope they don't bring back? A Making something for someone's mother.
QWhat's your take on team challenges? A Love them and hate them! I don't know why!
QWhat do you look for in a model? A Inside beauty is everything. I like to talk and see how it goes besides the look.
QDo you think you can win PR? A YES! Because I SAY so. Well, because I am going to try my best of best and see what happens.