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Age 33, Nashville, TN - Out Episode 14
QDescribe your family. AMormon and loud.
QCurrent occupation? ADesigner of VALENTINE VALENTINE, wardrobe stylist.
QPast jobs? APizza maker, janitor, and makeup counter manager, to name a few.
QPets? ANeighborhood cat we feed and call "Trash Cat."
QNicknames? APanda, Aunty Pandy.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AWhen I took my mom’s old pantyhose and drapes and made a killer biker chick look.
QFirst garment you ever made? ASee above. Either that or totally inappropriate outfits for my Barbies. (Tube tops and miniskirts are easy things to make, okay?)
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? AI started sewing at age 8, private sewing lessons in junior high and high school, Bachelor of Science in Clothing Textiles and Design from the University of Nebraska. Working in fashion since then!
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? A2012, 2013 Nashville’s Favorite Fashion Designer.
QStrengths as a designer? AI understand how modern, creative, edgy women want to dress.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AI see all sides to a design dilemma and [used to] get jumbled by it.
QWhat are your influences? AI love Ancient Egypt, West African beading, and South American textiles. I’m also obsessed with countercultures -- flappers, hippies, punks, hip-hop -- and I love trying to mash them up.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AChanges constantly. I have a really unhealthy appetite for new music. Right now? Wavves, Bass Drum of Death, Gauntlet Hair, and Ty Segall Band.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? ALeather, rayon and jersey.
QItem you're most proud of designing? AMy wedding dress. Macramé and braided top and huge billowy silk Georgette skirt.
QFavorite designer(s)? AYves Saint Laurent (the original AND Slimane’s current incarnation), Rodarte, Alexander Wang, Proenza Schouler, Philip Lim, Jeremy Scott. I’m all over the place. I love the brands Acne and Opening Ceremony.
QSketch or drape? AFlat pattern!
QPatterns or solids? AThere is a time a place and a place for everything.
QFavorite colors? APrimary colors.
QBiggest fear as a designer? AMaking a really ugly dress on national television. Since I’ve already done that I have no fear.
QFashion must? AEveryone should have a worn out t-shirt they’ve had for 20 years.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? AI promise I spend very little mental energy judging other people’s clothing. Borrrrrrring.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? ANo fashion regrets. They have all been lessons in style.
QFavorite style icon? AGrace Jones, David Bowie.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? AI wanna see Michelle rock some separates. Maybe a slouchy blazer and some straight-leg jeans. Though I hate the idea of covering those arms…
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? ALupita Nyong’o (a bright minidress), Rhianna (tiny crop top and big pants), St. Vincent (crazy daywear), Jack White (insane suit), Gwen Stefani (anything always and forever).
QFavorite supermodel muse? A"House of Style"-era Cindy Crawford.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AI already have my label named! VALENTINE VALENTINE, the name of my Danish ancestor who came to America. Originally was going to be the name of a band that my brother and I are going to start SOMEDAY.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... APlaying bass in a metal band.
QDream place to set up your business? ACleopatra.
QDream place to set up your business? AIn the middle of one of the Pyramids of Giza.
QWebsites that feature your work? Awww.amandavalentine.com
QHow were you described as a kid? AQuiet and creative.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? Av
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI’m a friggin’ sweetheart. But I am technically an introvert- so people get under my skin quickly and easily. I just hide it very well. :)
QFavorite hangout? APlaying darts at a dive bar with my husband
QHobbies? AWorking out, going to shows and movies and art galleries, eating snacks.
QFavorite movies and TV shows? AMy husband and I see everything at the art house theatre and I like to balance that with plenty of trash TV. I also love to go back and watch old series: "A Different World," "Melrose Place," "Cheers."
QFavorite books/authors? AMalcolm Gladwell, David Sedaris, Kurt Vonnegut, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Tom Robbins. Right now I’m learning Tarot so I’m reading nerdy instruction books on that.
QFavorite websites? AMine is pretty good.
QYour Twitter handle? A@AVValentine
QFavorite Twitter accounts? A@UberFacts and @HistoryinPics and @Willbury
QiPhone/Android/Blackberry? AiPhone, yo. I’m not a caveman.
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet.
QCooking or takeout? ATakeout.
QFavorite foods? AIndian, Thai, Japanese, pizza, and fried chicken.
QBeer or wine? AAll of it, please.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AAll the "Real Housewives." ALL OF THEM.
QBiggest pet peeve? APeople who talk too much and don’t have enough self-awareness to realize it.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AThe first time around? My husband made me me. This time around? Lifetime called!
QFavorite past PR designer? AAmanda Valentine.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? AThe Male Stripper Challenge.
QChallenge you hope they don't? AThe Male Stripper Challenge.
QYour take on team challenges: ALet’s not talk about it.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AI like height and unique features.
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes, because why else would I come back?