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Age 24, Falls Church, VA - Out Episode 1
QDescribe your family. AMy family is completely amazing. They have always been there for me and supported me through everything, no matter what.
QCurrent occupation? AGraphic designer.
QPast jobs? AA little bit of everything. I've waited tables, worked in retail and picked up more random design jobs than I can even count.
QPets? AHenry, Australian terrier.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AI've always loved making things and have always been creative. I took some pre-college classes through SCAD's Rising Star program and just fell in love with their fashion-design program.
QFirst garment you ever made? AA simple dress that I later embellished with studs and crystals.
QWhat.s your design training/schooling, etc.? AI have a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AIn high school, I won some gold and silver keys for paintings and drawings through the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. In college, I had work featured in the SCAD Foundation's honors show and was selected to show my senior fashion collection at the annual fashion show. Last year, I was selected as a semifinalist for Charleston Fashion Week's Emerging Designer Competition and went on to win the People's Choice Award for the night I showed.
QStrengths as a designer? AI'm really driven and not afraid to try things I don.t really know how to do. I take chances and am always trying to build upon my skills and knowledge base. I'm also really great with material and textile choices, and love making my own fibers from unusual materials such as black lichen moss.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AI tend to get lost in what I'm doing, and am terrible at making decisions. I like to just play around with things until they feel right and it tends to slow me down.
QWhat are your influences? AI'm inspired by anything and everything. The beauty of fashion is how it can transform the most mundane into something fantastically gorgeous.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AIt varies based on my mood and what I'm working on, but I'll listen to anything as long as it's not super-twangy country.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? AI love hammered wool, leather and organzas.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AI made an amazing goat-fur coat for Charleston Fashion Week that I would wear every day if I could.
QFavorite designer(s)? AGareth Pugh, Haider Ackermann, Ann Demeulemeester, Yohji Yamamoto, Rick Owens, Sarah Burton, the late Alexander McQueen, Christian Dior, Alber Elbaz, Coco Chanel, Alexander Wang and Nicolas Ghesquière, to name a few. There is so much amazing talent out there, it's hard to choose a favorite.
QSketch or drape? ABoth. I sketch my basic idea, then let the fabric and the form guide me.
QPatterns or solids? ASolids.
QFavorite colors? ASilver, white, grey, black, peacock blue.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ANot being able to do what I love. I guess that probably translates into losing my hands or eyesight. I should probably be more careful around sharp objects.
QFashion must? AWell-tailored black pants, statement jewelry and heels.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? AToe shoes, sandals on men, muffin tops.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? AWeird see-through leggings that eventually fell apart.
QWhat would you design for the first lady? AA classic dress, some daring jewelry and a leather jacket or fur capelet.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AAngelina Jolie. I'd love to design a dark evening gown to show off her edge and ridiculous beauty.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AE. Clare
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AAt the beach, reading.
QWebsites that feature your work? AEmilypollard.com, http://fashionforward.scad.edu/students/emily-pollard/, http://www.charlestonmag.com/fashion_week/photogallery/friday_night_emerging_designer_emily_pollard_cfw_2012
QHow were you described as a kid? AI was always loud, outgoing and creative.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AI think they'd say I'm a bit calmer, still creative and ridiculously stubborn.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI don't think I'm all that easy to live with. I'm really messy, and I'm not a big fan of sharing.
QHobbies? AReading, going out with my friends, dancing around my apartment with my boyfriend.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"Melancholia," "Criminal Minds," "New Girl," "What Not to Wear," "Modern Family"
QFavorite hangout? AThe beach, the pool and my studio.
QFavorite books/authors? AI read way too much to pick favorites.
QYour Twitter handle? A@ecpollard
QFast food or gourmet? ABoth.
QFavorite foods? AGrilled cheese, mac 'n' cheese, filet mignon.
QCooking or takeout? ATakeout.
QBeer or wine? AVodka soda.
QGuiltiest pleasure? ACookie dough and Lifetime movies.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AI was contacted by a casting director and figured I'd let them tell me no instead of telling myself no.
QFavorite past PR designer? AApril Johnston and Julie Tierney.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? ACandy clothes.
QChallenge you hope they don't? AAnything involving small children.
QYour take on team challenges: AHate them. It's hard to show your point of view when you are working in a team. It's also hard to work with a lot of big personalities.
QWhat do you look for in a model? ADefinitely their walk and overall look.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AI hope so! There are so many talented designers out there with way more experience than me. I guess we just have to wait and see!