Describe your family?
Living mother, father, half-sister, half-brother.
Gallery NYC, Reebok NYC, hair salon assistant, outerwear designer, sportswear designer.
Two cats, Sookie Stackhouse and Pugsley Addams.
When did you realize you had designer potential?
First garment you ever made?
An awful Peter Pan collar dress that was part of my first sewing course.
What's your design training/schooling, etc.?
Bachelor's degree in special occasion design (Fashion Institute of Technology).
Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?
Muuse.com features my designs for winning VoguexMuuse Young Talents 2013.
Strengths as a designer?
Couture sewing techniques.
Weaknesses as a designer?
Criticism for the way I look instead of acknowledging design strength.
What are your influences?
What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?
I'd rather work in silence.
Favorite material or fabric to work with?
Item you're most proud of designing?
My sister's wedding dress.
Valentino, Riccardo Tisci, Vivienne Westwood.
Sketch or drape?
Patterns or solids?
Black, taupe, silver, lime green.
Biggest fear as a designer?
Margiela tabi boots.
Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?
Tights as pants.
Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?
Neon leggings in my teens.
Favorite style icon?|Alice Dellal.
What would you design for the First Lady?
An amazing royal-blue fluted silk chiffon gown.
Celebrity you wish you could design for?
Gwen Stefani, a really structural two-tone look.
Favorite supermodel muse?
If you had to name your label, you'd call it...?
If you weren't designing, you'd be...?
Places/cultures you wish you could design for?
Dream place to set up your business?
New York, then Paris.
Websites that feature your work?
noirfache.com (my portfolio), muuse.com (search Helen Castillo), facebook.com/helencastillo
How were you described as a kid?
How are you described by your family and friends?
Outspoken, hardheaded, selfless.
Why do you think you're easy to live with?
I live alone because I can't stand sloppiness.
Park on the waterfront in Hoboken.
Favorite movies and TV shows?
"The Craft," "Clueless," "Adult Swim"
Fast food or gourmet?
Cooking or takeout?
Beer or wine?
Being too honest.
Biggest pet peeve?
Rude, selfish people who take advantage of my generosity.
How did you end up auditioning for PR?
I want exposure for myself and my designs.
Challenge you wish they'd bring back?
Prom dresses. I love working with kids.
Challenge you hope they don't?
Your take on team challenges:?
I work well with others because I'm a supportive leader.
What do you look for in a model?
Strong cheekbones, proportions even, great height.
Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?
Yes, because I am confident and take my designs seriously. I live to design.