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Age 28, New York City, NY - Out Episode 4
QDescribe your family. AOnly child raised by divorced mother.
QCurrent occupation? ADesigner.
QPast jobs? AModel, busboy, salesman, architectural draughtsman, jewelry designer.
QNicknames? A“Gypsy,” given to me when I was modeling.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AAge 8.
QFirst garment you ever made? ADresses for Barbie doll.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AUniversity of Culture and Art, Moscow. Internships: Jean Charles de Castelbajac (Paris), Hanae Mori (Tokyo), Costume Department of Bolshoi Theater (Moscow), Oscar de la Renta (New York).
QStrengths as a designer? AHandwork (beading, embroidery, applique, crochet), construction (boning, corsetry).
QWeaknesses as a designer? ASlow and exacting, no experience with fur.
QWhat are your influences? ANature (birds, butterflies, insects, flowers), beauty and the aesthetics of a woman’s body.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AElla Fitzgerald, Daft Punk, Sade, Tchaikovsky.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? AStretch.
QItem you're most proud of designing? ACrocheted jacket for Joan Rivers.
QFavorite designer(s)? AGianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Francesco Smalto.
QSketch or drape? ABoth.
QPatterns or solids? ABoth.
QFavorite colors? ATurquoise, malachite, coral, amber, dark chocolate.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ABankruptcy.
QFashion must? AFabulous accessories.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? ACombining red with green.
QFavorite style icon? AMarlene Dietrich.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AHand-crocheted evening gown.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AIsabella Rossellini...I would design a red-carpet evening gown for her.
QFavorite supermodel muse? AYasmeen Ghauri.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... ASandro Masmanidi.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AWorking with terminally ill children.
QPlaces/cultures you wish you could design for? AAsian market.
QDream place to set up your business? ANew York.
QWebsites that feature your work? Awww.bergdorfgoodman.com
QHow were you described as a kid? ASuper hyper.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? ADirect, honest, uncensored, driven.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AEasy because I am fun and down-to-earth, not easy because I expect from others what I demand from myself.
QFavorite hangout? AROBERT at the Museum of Arts and Design, Yaffa Cafe.
QHobbies? AReading, swimming, collecting architectural drawings.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? AMovie: "Gone With The Wind,: TV: "American Horror Story."
QFavorite books/authors? AChekhov ("The Cherry Orchard"), Dante ("Inferno").
QFavorite websites? Awww.nationalgeographic.com, www.unicef.org
QFast food or gourmet? ABoth.
QCooking or takeout? ATakeout.
QFavorite foods? ASeafood.
QBeer or wine? AChampagne.
QGuiltiest pleasure? ASmoking.
QBiggest pet peeve? AIgnorance.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AIdea to audition came to me in a dream. Never auditioned before.
QFavorite past PR designer? ADmitry Sholokhov.
QYour take on team challenges: ALove group efforts when people work together unselfishly.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AFace.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? A I believe I can win “Project Runway” because I am decisive and can quickly imagine the answer to a challenge, focused to complete project, and practical, with the ability to identify and overcome problems with the design.