Tu Suthiwat Nakchat

Age 26, Springfield, VA- Out Episode 7

Q: Describe your family.

A: Complicated.

Q: Past jobs?

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

Q: Nicknames?

A: 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.

Q: When did you realize you had designer potential?

A: Since I was little.

Q: First garment you ever made?

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

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

A: 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).

Q: Strengths as a designer?

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

Q: Weaknesses as a designer?

A: I don't really like ironing and time management.

Q: What are your influences?

A: 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.

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

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

Q: Favorite material or fabric to work with?

A: Wool, cotton, and cotton sateen 

Q: Favorite designer(s)?

A: 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).

Q: Sketch or drape?

A: Both.

Q: Patterns or solids?

A: Both.

Q: Favorite colors?

A: Black, white and gray.

Q: Biggest fear as a designer?

A: Not being understood.

Q: Fashion must?

A: Be who you are.

Q: Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

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

Q: Favorite style icon?

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

Q: What would you design for the first lady?

A: Hand- embroidered dress.

Q: Celebrity you wish you could design for?

A: Kristen Stewart. A cool skirt with a structured top.

Q: Favorite supermodel muse?

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

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

A: Tuera

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

A: Fashion stylist, architect, restaurateur.

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

A: Slavic culture, South American tribes.

Q: Dream place to set up your business?

A: New York, Bangkok, Tokyo.

Q: How were you described as a kid?

A: Stubborn, friendly, loud, curious, sincere.

Q: Websites that feature your work?

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

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

A: Always unexpected.

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

A: I'm a bit messy and unorganized.

Q: Favorite hangout?

A: Kinokuniya Bookstore, Samed Island.

Q: Hobbies?

A: Dancing, traveling, eating and meditating.

Q: Favorite movies and TV shows?

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

Q: Favorite books/authors?

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

Q: Favorite websites?

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

Q: Your Twitter handle?

A: @officialtuera

Q: iPhone/Android/Blackberry?

A: iPhone.

Q: Fast food or gourmet?

A: Both.

Q: Cooking or takeout?

A: Both.

Q: Favorite foods?

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

Q: Beer or wine?

A: Neither.

Q: Guiltiest pleasure?

A: Internet addiction.

Q: Biggest pet peeve?

A: Unfairness and bias.

Q: How did you end up auditioning for PR?

A: 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.

Q: Favorite past PR designer?

A: Leanne Marshall, Andy South, Elena Slivnyak.

Q: Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

A: Avant-Garde.

Q: Your take on team challenges:

A: It really depends on the team.

Q: What do you look for in a model?

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

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

A: Yes!! Why not?