• Amanda Perna from Project Runway Season 11
  • Ben Mach from Project Runway Season 11
  • cindy marlatt from project runway season 11
  • Daniel Esquivel from Project Runway Season 11
  • emily pollard from project runway season 11
  • james martinez from project runway season 11
  • joseph aaron segal from project runway season 11
  • Kate Pankoke from Project Runway Season 11
  • Layana Aguilar from Project Runway Season 11
  • Matthew Arthur from Project Runway Season 11
  • Michelle Lesniak Franklin from Project Runway Season 11
  • Patricia Michaels from Project Runway Season 11
  • Richard Hallmarq from Project Runway Season 11
  • Samantha Black from Project Runway Season 11
  • Stanley Hudson from Project Runway Season 11
  • Tu Suthiwat Nakcht from Project Runway Season 11

Tu Suthiwat Nakchat

26, Springfield, VA
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Describe your family.

Complicated.

Past jobs?

Assistant designer, and I have worked in all the positions in a restaurant, from dishwasher to server to cook.

Nicknames?

Tu, because every Thai has a nickname that your family give you when you were born and they usually carry with them all their lives.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

Since I was little.

First garment you ever made?

Yellow flower-print A-line skirt in sewing class at Parsons.

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

Parsons the New School for Design with an AAS in fashion studies. Paris American Academy with a B.A. in fashion design (Haute Couture Technique).

Strengths as a designer?

I'm trying to push fashion forward and willing to take a risk.

Weaknesses as a designer?

I don't really like ironing and time management.

What are your influences?

Since I love art, most of my design philosophy collaborates with sculpture, architecture and historic paintings. I use these inspirations to create new looks, shapes, fabrication, volume and prints.

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

Utada Hikaru, Misia, BoA, Namie Amuro, Bo Sunita, Christina Aguilar, Vanessa Mae, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Daddy Yankee

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

Wool, cotton, and cotton sateen 

Favorite designer(s)?

Cristobal Balenciaga, Dries Van Noten, Maison Martin Margiela, Miuccia Prada, A.F. Vandevorst, Alexander McQueen, Riccardo Tisci, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Consuelo Castiglioni (Marni), Rick Owen, Viktor & Rolf, Stefano Pilati (YSL).

Sketch or drape?

Both.

Patterns or solids?

Both.

Favorite colors?

Black, white and gray.

Biggest fear as a designer?

Not being understood.

Fashion must?

Be who you are.

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

Super-duper-tight leggings which showed off the camel toe in public areas.

Favorite style icon?

Queen Sirikit, Aung San Suu Kyi, Nicole Richie, Lady Gaga.

What would you design for the first lady?

Hand- embroidered dress.

Celebrity you wish you could design for?

Kristen Stewart. A cool skirt with a structured top.

Favorite supermodel muse?

Mariacarla Boscono, Carmen Kass, Karmen Pedaru, Natalia Vodianova, Suvi Koponen, Feifei Sun, Ai Tominaga, Si Tanwiboon.

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

Tuera

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

Fashion stylist, architect, restaurateur.

Places/cultures you wish you could design for?

Slavic culture, South American tribes.

Dream place to set up your business?

New York, Bangkok, Tokyo.

How were you described as a kid?

Stubborn, friendly, loud, curious, sincere.

Websites that feature your work?

www.tuera.net, www.facebook.com/pages/tuera/471853612833572?ref=hl

How are you described by your family and friends?

Always unexpected.

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

I'm a bit messy and unorganized.

Favorite hangout?

Kinokuniya Bookstore, Samed Island.

Hobbies?

Dancing, traveling, eating and meditating.

Favorite movies and TV shows?

"Sailor Moon," "Legally Blonde," "My Sassy Girl" and all Hayao Miyazaki films. Dae Jang Geum.

Favorite books/authors?

"Crayon Shin-chan," "GTO: Great Teacher Onizuka"

Favorite websites?

Style.com, Facebook, YouTube, Mthai.com, Sanook.com, Google

Your Twitter handle?

@officialtuera

iPhone/Android/Blackberry?

iPhone.

Fast food or gourmet?

Both.

Cooking or takeout?

Both.

Favorite foods?

Thai, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Chinese, French.

Beer or wine?

Neither.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Internet addiction.

Biggest pet peeve?

Unfairness and bias.

How did you end up auditioning for PR?

After I quit my job in Bangkok like a week, I found out about audition through website. I submitted my application from Thailand ASAP and made it to the semi-finalist level. So, I decided to return to the U.S.

Favorite past PR designer?

Leanne Marshall, Andy South, Elena Slivnyak.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

Avant-Garde.

Your take on team challenges:

It really depends on the team.

What do you look for in a model?

I can't tell until I see her in person or at least her modeling portfolio.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Yes!! Why not?