Richard Hallmarq

Age 39, Sacramento,CA - Out Episode 10

Q: Current occupation?

A: Admissions representative.

Q: Past jobs?

A: Makeup artist and mailroom clerk.

Q: Pets?

A: Lola, my pug.

Q: When did you realize you had designer potential?

A: In 1987, when I made my first garment.

Q: First garment you ever made?

A: The first garment I ever made an outfit was similar to the one Cat Glover wore on the back of Prince's "Sign o the Times" single. It was made out of a baby blue sheet and it was everything!

Q: What's your design training/schooling, etc.?

A: Degree in fashion design/marketing.

Q: Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?

A: No.

Q: Strengths as a designer?

A: I understand my textile of choice and how it falls on a woman's body.

Q: Weaknesses as a designer?

A: I'm so critical of my own work.

Q: What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?

A: Prince.

Q: Favorite material or fabric to work with?

A: Jersey knit.

Q: Item you're most proud of designing?

A: Black/gold sequined top for Sheila E.

Q: Favorite designer(s)?

A: Maison Martin Margiela.

Q: Sketch or drape?

A: Drape.

Q: Patterns or solids?

A: Solids.

Q: Favorite colors?

A: Black and nude.

Q: Biggest fear as a designer?

A: Not being able to design.

Q: Fashion must?

A: Signature Richard Hallmarq glasses in Rose.

Q: Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

A: Where do I begin?

Q: Favorite style icon?

A: Grace Jones

Q: What would you design for the first lady?

A: A black floor-length maxi dress.

Q: Celebrity you wish you could design for?

A: Dale Bozzio. A hot-pink sequined jumpsuit.

Q: Favorite supermodel muse?

A: Omahyra Mota.

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

A: Dead.

Q: Places/cultures you wish you could design for?

A: Panama.

Q: Dream place to set up your business?

A: San Francisco.

Q: Websites that feature your work?


Q: How were you described as a kid?

A: Wild, loud, creative, energetic and talkative.

Q: How are you described by your family and friends?

A: Outspoken, funny, a little flashy . lol.

Q: Why do you think you're easy to live with?

A: I'm hard to live with; my candles, cologne and wardrobe may be a bit much for some people.

Q: Favorite hangout?

A: The outlets in Napa, California.

Q: Hobbies?

A: Thrift-store shopping with friends.

Q: Favorite movies and TV shows?

A: "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" and "Paris Is Burning."

Q: Favorite books/authors?

A: "Freak Unique," "The Fabulous Sylvester" and "Isabella Blow . A Life in Fashion."

Q: Favorite websites?

A: and

Q: Your Twitter handle?

A: rhallmarq

Q: iPhone/Android/Blackberry?

A: iPhone.

Q: Fast food or gourmet?

A: Gourmet.

Q: Cooking or takeout?

A: Cooking.

Q: Favorite foods?

A: Mexican food.

Q: Beer or wine?

A: Neither, I don't drink. Water with lemon is fine.

Q: Guiltiest pleasure?

A: Cookies and milk in bed.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?

A: Being late.

Q: How did you end up auditioning for PR?

A: A friend informed me of the audition, so I sent a video in. This was my third time auditioning.

Q: Favorite past PR designer?

A: Jeffrey Sebelia.

Q: Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

A: Designing for our moms.

Q: Challenge you hope they don't?

A: Hardware store challenge.

Q: Your take on team challenges:

A: Hate them. I want to design what I want without any input from other people.

Q: What do you look for in a model?

A: Besides her measurements, she MUST have an incredible walk!

Q: Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

A: I can only do my best and hope it takes me all the way. Now, let's do this!