Samantha Black

Age 28, Brooklyn, NY - Out Episode 9
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Q: Describe your family.

A: Loud, talkative, fun, loving, supportive, honest.

Q: Past jobs?

A: Women's denim designer, associate junior designer.

Q: Nicknames?

A: speedyG: Given by sorority because I do everything very fast. Talk walk clean fast! SammyB: because of my clothing line. Manta Poo: Family nickname.

Q: When did you realize you had designer potential?

A: When I was in high school and I took a pre-college program in fashion design.

Q: First garment you ever made?

A: Not completely sure, but from what I can remember, a striped green and blue tank. I sewed each strip of color togther to make the fabric, and then I made the tank.

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

A: Went to Pratt Institute for fashion design and graduated in 2005 with a BFA.

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

A: Yes, junior year I won the Joseph Citarella Resort Wear Award.

Q: Strengths as a designer?

A: Aesthetic, use of fabrications, and knowing a woman's body.

Q: Weaknesses as a designer?

A: Trying to do too much.

Q: What are your influences?

A:

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

A: Rihanna, Wynter Gordon, '90s jams, Beyonce, Miguel, Solange and a bunch of random jams.

Q: Favorite material or fabric to work with?

A: Neoprene.

Q: Item you're most proud of designing?

A: My rope dress. It stands out, it takes a a lot of time, it's provocative.

Q: Favorite designer(s)?

A: McQueen, Balmain.

Q: Sketch or drape?

A: Sketch and drape.

Q: Patterns or solids?

A: Patterns.

Q: Favorite colors?

A: Yellow, and neon yellow.

Q: Biggest fear as a designer?

A: Not succeeding.

Q: Fashion must?

A: Fly jacket.

Q: Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

A: Wearing 10 trends at once.

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

A: Lol, not sure, but I prob have a few.

Q: Favorite style icon?

A: Lisa Bonet, Grace Jones, Madonna.

Q: What would you design for the first lady?

A: An amazing knee-length dress.

Q: Celebrity you wish you could design for?

A: Rihanna, a dress that has my obvious aesthetic.A dress that can be worn for red carpet or editiorial.

Q: Favorite supermodel muse?

A: Omahyra.

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

A: Samantha Black.

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

A: Doing something in the creative world.

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

A: Hasidic Jewish culture.

Q: Dream place to set up your business?

A: Soho.

Q: Websites that feature your work?

A: www.sammybdesigns.com, fashionbombdailycom, theybf.com, essence.com, jonesmag.com, vimeo.com/blackroses, pynkmag.com, ebonycom

Q: How were you described as a kid?

A: Artistic, really nice, fun.

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

A: Fun, creative, stubborn, driven.

Q: Why do you think you're easy to live with? Why aren't you?

A: Because I stay in my own space. Because I have a clothing line that takes over the whole house with clothes, fabric and pins.

Q: Favorite hangout?

A: Downtown Manhattan.

Q: Hobbies?

A: Photography, painting, arts, crafts.

Q: Favorite movies and TV shows?

A: "House Party," "Coming to America," "Teen Witch," "Martin," "A Different World," reality TV anything, "Gossip Girl"

Q: Favorite books/authors?

A: "They Cage the Animals at Night"

Q: Favorite websites?

A: Many.

Q: Your Twitter handle?

A: sammybdesignsny

Q: Favorite Twitter accounts?

A: @raeholliday

Q: iPhone/Android/Blackberry?

A: iPhone.

Q: Fast food or gourmet?

A: Fast food.

Q: Cooking or takeout?

A: Both.

Q: Favorite foods?

A: Jamaican.

Q: Beer or wine?

A: Hard liquor.

Q: Guiltiest pleasure?

A: Reality TV.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?

A: People who lie for no reason.

Q: How did you end up auditioning for PR?

A: I applied and got a call back. Yes, I auditioned a few times. =(

Q: Favorite past PR designer?

A: Christian Siriano.

Q: Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

A:

Q: Challenge you hope they don't?

A: Anything to do with male models.

Q: Your take on team challenges:

A: HATE, as a designer you are limited on creativity, and you're judged on participation as well as how well you worked with other people and took their advice. There are too many areas to concentrate on.

Q: What do you look for in a model?

A: I look for a model that will best bring out a piece or collection. I'm looking for height, facial features, walk, as well as their natural flow to make sure it all represents what I need.

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

A: YES, because my aesthetic matched with my drive is something not many people possess.