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Age 24, Philadelphia, PA - Winner
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Q&A Dom's Take
QDescribe your family. AVery close-knit Southern family from New Orleans. They are loud and unapologetically honest, but I love them all the more!
QCurrent occupation? AAnimal caretaker.
QPast jobs? ARestaurant hostess.
QPets? A1 tuxedo cat named Jinx and a turtle named Guadalupe.
QNicknames? ADomo, I earned in college, because I was obsessed with Japanese art; Domino Brown Sugar a close friend gave me, because I'm sweet, of course. ;-)
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AI was a total DIY punk in high school. When I started getting lots of compliments and requests, I realized, "Hmm there may be something there."
QFirst garment you ever made? AI made a denim one-shoulder bell-sleeve top from a couple of pair of jeans I had. My mom almost killed me.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AI have a Bachelor's Degree in Fashion Design from Moore College of Art and Design in Philly.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AI won critics' awards for my children's wear in college and I also won a Fashion Group International design competition for a hand-painted tie-dye satin gown I designed.
QStrengths as a designer? AI am chock-full of innovation and creativity.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AI have lots of ideas, which means I have a tendency to jump from concept to concept, but in fashion, when is multitasking ever a bad thing?
QWhat are your influences? AMinimalism, the street culture in any city, music, modern art, graphic novels.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? ASneakerpimps, Empire of the Sun, Santigold, Matt and Kim, Alt J.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? AKnits, clear PVC and fur.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AA collection of quilted cycling jackets and coats I did for my senior thesis.
QFavorite designer(s)? AHelmut Lang, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Lanvin.
QSketch or drape? ASKETCH.
QPatterns or solids? AMaking patterns with solids.
QFavorite colors? ABlack, gray, tan and hot pink.
QBiggest fear as a designer? AThe anxiety of waiting for the bobbin to run out of thread.
QFashion must? AA black hooded fur-trimmed anorak.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? ASheer leggings…I don't wanna see your undies!
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? AUggs, but dammit are they comfortable.
QFavorite style icon? AI'd rock anything from Kate Lanphear's closet any day.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AA sick black pencil skirt and a tee made from the softest cashmere with crazy seaming. With all the work she does, comfort is key.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AI love Cassie Ventura. Her music and style I am all about. I would make her a quilted moto jacket made from a vibrant printed fabric. She looks stunning in jackets.
QFavorite supermodel muse? ACara Delevingne is the bee's knees.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AI already design freelance under the name Halcyon, so it would def be that. It's my favorite species of bird.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AA scientist of some sort.
QPlaces/cultures you wish you could design for? AJapan…and Cuba.
QDream place to set up your business? APhilly.
QWebsites that feature your work? Awix.com/domstreater/portfolio and halcyonco.bigcartel.com
QHow were you described as a kid? ATimid and shy but observant.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AOutgoing and exuberant.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI know I'm not. I'm very organized and I get peeved really easily if someone moves my stuff! I like things neat and clean.
QFavorite hangout? ASassafras, a small bar in Old City Philly. I go for the deer head mounted over the bar…and the beer.
QHobbies? ABiking, yoga and painting.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"The Fifth Element," "Hackers," "Blade Runner," "Space Odyssey," "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia," "Archer"
QFavorite books/authors? ATim O'Brien and Anthony Burgess
QFavorite websites? ALuxiare.com, Complex.com, betterlivingthroughdesign.com
QiPhone/Android/Blackberry? AiPhone all day, every day.
QFast food or gourmet? AFast-food french fries.
QCooking or takeout? ACooking.
QFavorite foods? AI'll never pass up a good seafood gumbo.
QBeer or wine? ABEER!
QGuiltiest pleasure? AA movie in the middle of the day. I'm always so busy that when I do go, it feels like such an indulgent way to lose time.
QBiggest pet peeve? AMean people.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AMy best friend kept telling me to apply. I finally gave in and applied for the first time last year for Seasons 10 and 11. I was a finalist, but did not get cast. I applied again this year and, well, you know…
QFavorite past PR designer? AJay McCarroll and Jeffery Sebelia.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AThe "designing for the future/deconstructed" challenge from Season 1.
QChallenge you hope they don't? AI honestly would like to do them all!
QYour take on team challenges: AWhy? Love to hate them…either way, bring it on…a good designer can work in any environment under any circumstances and still be a standout.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AI love a model with an edgy kind of beautiful look to her.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AHell yes! Haven't you heard? Philly girls always hustle harder!