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Age 45, Coral Gables, FL - Out Episode 8
  • Exit Interview: Episode 8
  • Rewind: Episode 8
  • Rewind: Episode 7
  • Rewind: Episode 6
  • Rewind: Episode 5
  • Red Carpet Trouble
  • Rewind: Episode 4
  • Rewind: Episode 3
  • Rewind: Episode 2
  • Rewind: Episode 1
  • First Impressions
  • fade zu grau's Closet Tour
  • fade zu grau's Home Visit
Q&A fäde's Take
QDescribe your family. AVery supportive of all of my adventures throughout the years!
QCurrent occupation? AGraphic designer in an advertising agency.
QPast jobs? AI have been working since I was 17. I worked in East Germany as a book printer, in mail delivery and as a dispatcher in a hospital. Later in West Germany i worked as a house painter, vinyl plotter, and then finally as a graphic designer.
QPets? ATwo cats are living with us: Zwei (means “two" in German because he was our second cat) and Done (she is named that way because we are “done” with cats now).
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AVery early, maybe around the age of 10...
QFirst garment you ever made? ADon’t know about the first one but I did a few ridiculous attempts around the age of 15.
QWhat's your design training/schooling, etc.? ASelf-taught and naturally talented.
QHave you won any awards for your designs/work related to design? AYes, graphic design award from the Arts & Business Council of Miami in 2007 and a graphic design award from the Miami Art Museum in 2001.
QStrengths as a designer? AInventiveness.
QWeaknesses as a designer? AMaybe time-management...
QWhat are your influences? AThe street, past and present.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AWhat I call “Provincetown Jazz” which is super lazy, mellow, instrumental jazz. A good example of an artist for that kind of genre would be Ben Webster.
QFavorite material or fabric to work with? ADefinitely cotton (organic and made in the U.S., if possible).
QItem you're most proud of designing? AThe bags I made without any knowledge about bag-making.
QFavorite designer(s)? AKarl Lagerfeld.
QSketch or drape? ADrape.
QPatterns or solids? APatterns.
QFavorite colors? ASun-bleached blues and grays.
QBiggest fear as a designer? ATo never explode onto the world of fashion.
QFashion must? ADoesn't exist for me.
QFashion faux pas that drives you crazy? ANothing that "drives me crazy," but ties are super stupid. Also wearing shoes without socks is so wrong.
QUgliest item of clothing/accessory you've worn? AA ridiculous long black trenchcoat that I wore while escaping East Germany. So bad.
QFavorite style icon? ANobody in particular.
QWhat would you design for the First Lady? ASomething very edgy.
QCelebrity you wish you could design for? AP!nk. Anything edgy.
QFavorite supermodel muse? ADon't have one.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it... AI do have labels that I work on right now, nothing selling yet, only for myself. One is called “messfit” (a combination of “messy” and “misfit”) another “happy atheist." Also “way ofF thinking”, double-F, as in “way off." I still need to trademark all of those names, though!
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be... AMaking music or dance.
QDream place to set up your business? AProvincetown and in the south of France.
QWebsites that feature your work? (most up-to-date!), Facebook and Flickr.
QHow were you described as a kid? ANothing interesting about me until I was working for a whole year in East Berlin in 1987 at the age of 17. I turned very "underground"-ish. It was a great time.
QHow are you described by your family and friends? AThey actually think that I will go far.
QWhy do you think you're easy to live with? AI am easy to live with. My husband and I have never had a fight in the 13 years that we've been together. We both want the same things in life. We have the same goals. If it comes to a tense situation each of us refrains from letting it escalate and we talk it over a little while later, if there is a need for it. I absolutely love that! I can not imagine living with somebody that I’m not happy to come home to, each and every day.
QFavorite hangout? AOn our front porch with my husband. Also any dance floor that plays '80s.
QHobbies? ADancing (freestyle and hip-hop).
QFavorite movies and TV shows? ASeems Like Old Times, 1981, still my favorite movie. Not much time for TV but if, then definitely think-TV like science/nature/history.
QFavorite books/authors? ARichard Dawkins, "The God Delusion." Richard Carrier, "Sense & Goodness Without God." Claudia Hammond, "Time Warped."
QFavorite websites?
QiPhone/Android/Blackberry? AiPhone. Does anybody still use Blackberry?
QFast food or gourmet? ASuper healthy always. Never EVER fast food.
QCooking or takeout? AI used to cook until I bought a sewing machine, since then no time for anything else.
QFavorite foods? AAnything healthy and natural. Does not even have to taste great! The less ingredients the better.
QBeer or wine? AWine.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AIce cream.
QBiggest pet peeve? APeople that don't care much about the environment. Religion.
QHow did you end up auditioning for PR? AWent to a call in Miami yeeeeears ago, shortly after buying a sewing machine. Tim Gunn told me, "Not enough experience." Actually I just talked to him about that while shooting the first episode. He said, "And look at where you are now!"
QFavorite past PR designer? AJay McCarroll.
QChallenge you wish they'd bring back? ASteampunk.
QChallenge you hope they don't? ARed carpet.
QYour take on team challenges: AI don't mind them. Could be actually interesting. Will see if I still think that way after doing one.
QWhat do you look for in a model? APersonality!
QDo you think you can win "Project Runway"? AYes. Maybe because I have a different take on fashion than the designers I compete with.