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Age 48, Austin, TX - Out Episode 13
What the fans are saying about PROJECT RUNWAY
Q&A Daniel's Take
QDescribe your family. AEclectic mix of personalities.
QCurrent occupation? AFreelance designer.
QPast jobs? ARetail sales.
QPets? ALulu, mini schnauzer.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AWhen I was 16.
QFirst garment you ever made? ACorduroy gauchos and vest for my sister.
QWhat.s your design training/schooling, etc.? ASelf-taught.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? ANo.
QStrengths as a designer? AVery fashion-intuitive.
QWeaknesses as a designer? ASketching.
QWhat are your influences? AIn the past it was by the Hitchcock style and being able to transform it forward. Now it's artists, museums, architecture and music.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? AHigh-tech fabrics.
QFavorite designer(s)? AWes Gordon.
QSketch or drape? ABoth. I sketch my basic idea, then let the fabric and the form guide me.
QPatterns or solids? ABoth.
QFavorite colors? ABlack, white and red.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ANot buying enough fabric.
QFashion must? AA fabulous jacket!
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? AWhen I see somebody wearing leggings and it's not done right.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? AA pair of banana-yellow pants!
QFavorite style icon? ASarah Jessica Parker.
QWhat would you design for the first lady? AA really cool jacket.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? ASarah Jessica Parker. A silk and wool high-wasted leather peplum jacket and skinny crop pants.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... ADaniel Esquivel
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AA personal stylist.
QPlaces/cultures you wish you could design for? AGermany.
QDream place to set up your business? ADallas, Texas.
QWebsites that feature your work? ANone.
QHow were you described as a kid? AEnergetic.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AEnergetic.
QFavorite hangout? AThe Iron Bear in Austin, Texas.
QHobbies? ALike to go to movies, restaurants, museums.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"American Horror Story: Asylum."
QFast food or gourmet? ABOTH!
QCooking or takeout? ABOTH!
QFavorite foods? ATexMex.
QBeer or wine? ABeer.
QGuiltiest pleasure? ASweets.
QBiggest pet peeve? ANot being on time.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AFirst-time audition, encouraged by friend.
QFavorite past PR designer? AMondo
QYour take on team challenges: ALoved them. Because I got to work with and help others.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AHeight.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes, because I have my point of view about fashion.