Season 14 Premieres August 6 at 9/8c
  • Alexander Knox from Project Runway Season 13
  • Amanda Valentine from Project Runway Season 13
  • Angela Sum from Project Runway Season 13
  • Carrie Sleutskaya from Project Runway Season 13
  • Char Glover from Project Runway Season 13
  • Emily Payne from Project Runway Season 13
  • Emmanuel Tobias from Project Runway Season 13
  • fade zu grau from Project Runway Season 13
  • Hernan Lander from Project Runway Season 13
  • Jefferson Musanda from Project Runway Season 13
  • Kini Zamora from Project Runway Season 13
  • Korina Emmerich from Project Runway Season 13
  • Kristine Guico from Project Runway Season 13
  • Mitchell Perry from Project Runway Season 13
  • Nzinga Knight from Project Runway Season 13
  • Samantha Plasencia from Project Runway Season 13
  • Sandhya Garg from Project Runway Season 13
  • Sean Kelly from Project Runway Season 13
  • Tim Navarro from Project Runway Season 13

Emily Payne

40, San Francisco, CA

Describe your family.

I'm married with a kid so my family is the three of us. We're very close, loving, very fashion/art-oriented. We like to hang out outdoors.

Current occupation?

Design my own line, leather tongue; sell to private clients; also work at Britex selling fabric.

Past jobs?

Had my own line, Brick, 1998-2004. Worked for Kill City/Lip Service and other private label companies doing women's knit tops and dresses.


Doggies! Bik Wu (Pekingese,) Billy (corgi/papillon).

When did you realize you had designer potential?

I've been into it ever since I was a kid playing with fashion plates.

First garment you ever made?

White faux fur vest and matching mini.

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

Dallas Art Institute, Associate of Applies Arts in Fashion Design.

Strengths as a designer?

Great at sewing and draping. Great eye for fabric. Work well with others. Great personal style.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Sketching/flat pattern.

What are your influences?

Influenced by movies, fabric, great designers like Helmut Lang, Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Pam Hogg.

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

Love to listen to Crystal Castles radio on Pandora or Discovery radio.

Item you're most proud of designing?

Right now it's my laminated wool cape.

Favorite designer(s)?

Right now, Haider Ackermann/Chitose Abe.

Sketch or drape?

Drape! All my best ideas come to me while I'm draping.

Patterns or solids?

Both! I don't want to limit myself.

Favorite colors?

Blues, all shades.

Biggest fear as a designer?

That I won't have the money to do it properly.

Fashion must?

Anything that goes with the hair.

Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy?

Mismatched prints.

Ugliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn?

Bad fake fur in the '90s.

Favorite style icon?

Alice Glass/Kate Moss.

What would you design for the First Lady?

A beautiful knit day dress.

Celebrity you wish you could design for?

Alice Glass -- post-apocalyptic outfit for the stage.

Favorite supermodel muse?

Kate Moss.

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

Already named it leather tongue.

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

Working with animals/children.

Dream place to set up your business?

Here in San Francisco, my home.

Websites that feature your work?,,

How were you described as a kid?

Funny, tomboy. Loved to draw.

How are you described by your family and friends?

Sweet, edgy, funny.

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

Easy. I'm totally laid back like that.

Favorite hangout?

Polk Street, by Vallejo - best fashion mag shop, best vintage/used designer shop, and Devon's favorite ice cream shop and playground.


Taking pictures of Devon in clothes we designed together. Kickboxing.

Favorite movies and TV shows?

"Cheri," "Anna Karenina" (the one with Keira Knightley), "The Walking Dead," "Bates Motel," "Ripper Street."

Favorite websites?

Etsy, Pandora, Facebook,

Your Twitter handle:



None. I don't like the phone, I borrow my husband's.

Fast food or gourmet?

Fast food if it's In-N-Out. Gourmet besides.

Cooking or takeout?

Takeout for sure, unless Isaac is cooking.

Favorite foods?

Cheeseburger from In-N-Out, fondue from The Matterhorn.

Beer or wine?

Wine, red wine.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Eating the whole package of Hostess white powdered sugar donettes.

Biggest pet peeve?

People who are inconsiderate of others.

How did you end up auditioning for PR?

This was the fourth time I've auditioned: Season 1, Season 7, Season 8.

Favorite past PR designer?

Korto Momolu.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

Levi's denim rework challenge.

Challenge you hope they don't?

Making clothing out of food/candy.

Your take on team challenges:

Neither love nor hate. I can work well with others. Can they? I don't know.

What do you look for in a model?

Features, size, personality, personal style.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Yes! I have the talent, drive, and the best motivation - Devon!