Alexandria von Bromssen

Age 38, San Mateo, CA - Out Episode 14
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Describe your family?

Crazy, hardworking, funny, stylish.

Current occupation?

Self-employed designer/boutique owner.

Past jobs?

Model/advertisement assistant at Time Inc.

Pets?

Marradona. Calico cat.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

4 years old.

First garment you ever made?

Vest for my Barbie skirt with knit hem. I used to draw dresses for Princess Diana. She was my muse when I was 8 years old.

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

MFA from AAU.

Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?

San Francisco fashion awards, Best Designer in SF, and Best Art Director.

Strengths as a designer?

Pattern making, design and vision.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Hand sewing, beading.

What are your influences?

Sci-fi movies, traveling all over the world.

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

Lana del Rey, making patterns while listening to Eminem.

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

Cashmere, stretch, lace.

Item you're most proud of designing?

The wedding dress in my store. It's modern edgy, all from recycled fabrics and vintage lace. Tons of hours.

Favorite designer(s)?

Free People, Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garcons and all the young designers from Camp Couture.

Sketch or drape?

Both.

Favorite colors?

Black, pale yellow, red, and never pink.

Biggest fear as a designer?

Buttonholes mess up, ironing mark on a final garment, and when a client stiffs you.

Fashion must?

Boyfriend jeans, originality, sneaker wedges, wedges, wedges, wedges.

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

Men wearing white pointed shoes. Ill-fitting pants.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

Yellow skinny pants that I wore 2 weeks ago.

Favorite style icon?

Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, Daphne Guinness, Nicole Richie.

What would you design for the First Lady?

Sexy underwear. Just kidding! Definitely formal gowns.

Celebrity you wish you could design for?

Boxers for David Beckham. A red-carpet gown for Charlize Theron.

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

Alexandria Von Bromssen Design.

If you weren't designing, you'd be...?

Rich and famous—just kidding.

Places/cultures you wish you could design for?

Belgium.

Dream place to set up your business?

Belgium or Italy.

Websites that feature your work?

vonbromssen.com, redsquareboutique.com

How were you described as a kid?

Stylish, tall, skinny, smart, cute.

How are you described by your family and friends?

Stylish, tall, skinny, funny, independent, cuter (just kidding).

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

I'm kind. Personal space is important.

Favorite hangout?

My studio, local cafe.

Hobbies?

Traveling, running, photography.

Favorite movies and TV shows?

"Breaking Bad," "Children of God," "Moulin Rouge," "Billy Elliot"

Favorite books/authors?

"The Count of Monte Cristo," Kurt Vonnegut

iPhone/Android/Blackberry?

iPhone 5.

Fast food or gourmet?

Gourmet.

Cooking or takeout?

Takeout.

Favorite foods?

Fruit.

Beer or wine?

If in Thailand I prefer Singha beer and occasionally red wine.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Beautiful underwear, having an occasional housekeeper, and strawberry milkshakes.

Biggest pet peeve?

Rude people. Mean people suck.

How did you end up auditioning for PR?

Applied once five years ago. They reached out to me this time and I went for it.

Favorite past PR designer?

Season 1 Jay ruled!

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

Party store challenge.

Your take on team challenges:?

I love them. Teamwork makes the dream work.

What do you look for in a model?

Tall, thin, attitude, good walk, cool hair, great sense of personal style, confident.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Yes, I think I can win. I am smart, talented, skilled. I have a strong viewpoint in regard to fashion. And I promised one cool little kid in the world that I would win.