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Age 25, Union City, NJ - Out Episode 13
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Q&A Helen's Take
QDescribe your family. ALiving mother, father, half-sister, half-brother.
QPast jobs? AGallery NYC, Reebok NYC, hair salon assistant, outerwear designer, sportswear designer.
QPets? ATwo cats, Sookie Stackhouse and Pugsley Addams.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AEarly teens.
QFirst garment you ever made? AAn awful Peter Pan collar dress that was part of my first sewing course.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? ABachelor's degree in special occasion design (Fashion Institute of Technology).
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AMuuse.com features my designs for winning VoguexMuuse Young Talents 2013.
QStrengths as a designer? ACouture sewing techniques.
QWeaknesses as a designer? ACriticism for the way I look instead of acknowledging design strength.
QWhat are your influences? AOrganic repetition.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AI'd rather work in silence.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? ASilk chiffon/organza.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AMy sister's wedding dress.
QFavorite designer(s)? AValentino, Riccardo Tisci, Vivienne Westwood.
QSketch or drape? ASketch.
QPatterns or solids? ASolids.
QFavorite colors? ABlack, taupe, silver, lime green.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ANone.
QFashion must? AMargiela tabi boots.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? ATights as pants.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? ANeon leggings in my teens.
QFavorite style icon? AAlice Dellal.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AAn amazing royal-blue fluted silk chiffon gown.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AGwen Stefani, a really structural two-tone look.
QFavorite supermodel muse? AKate Moss.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AHelen Castillo.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... ADesigning.
QPlaces/cultures you wish you could design for? AEurope.
QDream place to set up your business? ANew York, then Paris.
QWebsites that feature your work? Anoirfache.com (my portfolio), muuse.com (search Helen Castillo), facebook.com/helencastillo
QHow were you described as a kid? AHyperactive.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AOutspoken, hardheaded, selfless.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI live alone because I can't stand sloppiness.
QFavorite hangout? APark on the waterfront in Hoboken.
QHobbies? AEating, travel, fabric shopping, museums.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? A"The Craft," "Clueless," "Adult Swim"
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet.
QCooking or takeout? ACooking.
QFavorite foods? AChipotle, pizza.
QBeer or wine? ARose.
QGuiltiest pleasure? ABeing too honest.
QBiggest pet peeve? ARude, selfish people who take advantage of my generosity.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AI want exposure for myself and my designs.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AProm dresses. I love working with kids.
QChallenge you hope they don't? AAnything menswear.
QYour take on team challenges: AI work well with others because I'm a supportive leader.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AStrong cheekbones, proportions even, great height.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes, because I am confident and take my designs seriously. I live to design.