Pamela Ptak

OUT 01/21/2010


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Exit Interview: Episode 2

Designer exit interview: Episode 2. See which designer failed to impress the judges in the challenge to create...
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  • 1 of 55 questions
    What was the first garment you ever made?
    Fourth grade: I made my first full-size garment without a pattern, a jumper skirt with large ruffles.
  • 2 of 55 questions
    What is your music of choice when designing?
    Not music but old black-and-white movies, recent Harry Potter films and educational TV.
  • 3 of 55 questions
    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    At about five. I started drawing fashions very young, making clothes for dolls.
  • 4 of 55 questions
    Favorite designer(s)?
    God. Because looking at God's creations in nature teaches such perfections.
  • 5 of 55 questions
    Any fashion designers?
    Charles James, Balenciaga, Junya Watanabe and Issey Miyake.
  • 6 of 55 questions
    Current occupation?
    Full-time fashion designer and part-time college fashion design instructor.
  • 7 of 55 questions
    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    Advertising art director in NYC, working at two of the world's top 10 global ad agencies.
  • 8 of 55 questions
    What is a fashion must?
    While working, I love wearing a black turtleneck and dark jeans.
  • 9 of 55 questions
    What is your design training?
    BFA from Pratt. I studied couture methods at the Maison Sapho School and also studied at FIT.
  • 10 of 55 questions
    Have you won any awards related to design?
    Houston Film Festival Gold Award for a Cover Girl mascara TV ad with Christie Brinkley in '90 or '91.
  • 11 of 55 questions
    What are your strengths as a designer?
    I'm excellent with line and proportion. I can drape anything. I'm meticulous with finishing garments.
  • 12 of 55 questions
    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    I have no interest in doing menswear, if you can call disinterest a weakness.
  • 13 of 55 questions
    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    Modern architectural shapes, huge metal sculptures, and the works of Brancusi and Louise Nevelson.
  • 14 of 55 questions
    Any other unusual influences?
    Because I had a spinal surgery, I've been interested in human and animal bones and antler shapes.
  • 15 of 55 questions
    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    Stiff and crisp with architectural potentialities or extremely delicate and sheer.
  • 16 of 55 questions
    Any more specific favorites?
    Denim and the stiffer types of Ultrasuede for architectural dresses. Soft jerseys and silk chiffon.
  • 17 of 55 questions
    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    A beautifully fitted pair of pants for a young man with physical disabilities.
  • 18 of 55 questions
    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    Draping, always!
  • 19 of 55 questions
    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    Love solids because of how light and shadow playing across them can reveal their sculptural forms.
  • 20 of 55 questions
    What are your favorite colors?
    Black, lime green, fuchsia, orange, red, robin's egg blue.
  • 21 of 55 questions
    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    I don't fear much except disappointing God.
  • 22 of 55 questions
    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    Feather boas. They're almost never right.
  • 23 of 55 questions
    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    A very '80s metallic peach bridesmaid dress with dyed-to-match shoes.
  • 24 of 55 questions
    Who are your favorite style icons?
  • 25 of 55 questions
    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    Comfortable and luxurious knitwear tops to pair with intricately seamed wool skirts.
  • 26 of 55 questions
    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Demi Moore, Halle Berry and Madonna.
  • 27 of 55 questions
    Who's your supermodel muse?
    They all inspire me.
  • 28 of 55 questions
    What do you look for in a model?
    For my shows, I look for 5'9 to 6'1 models and size 4. Love all ethnicities, eye and hair colors.
  • 29 of 55 questions
    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    I already have one, Pamela Ptak.
  • 30 of 55 questions
    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    Sculpting with metal, stone or wood on a huge scale. Also making jewelry.
  • 31 of 55 questions
    Dream place to set up your design business?
    In NYC's garment district near the buyers and editors. I mean to make it BIG. :D
  • 32 of 55 questions
    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    As a Baha'i, I see myself as a world citizen. Mankind is my family. I'd want to design for them all.
  • 33 of 55 questions
    How were you described as a kid?
    Happy, bubbly, positive and talkative.
  • 34 of 55 questions
    How are you described now?
    Happy, bubbly, positive, talkative and inspirational.
  • 35 of 55 questions
    Can you describe your family?
    Very kind, generous, spiritual, humorous and loving. I was fortunate to be born into my family.
  • 36 of 55 questions
    Marriage or kids?
    Married 24 years. No kids, but consider every fashion design student student I teach my kid.
  • 37 of 55 questions
    Do you have any pets?
    Two rescued tabbies, Mr. John Steed and Mrs. Emma Peel, named after TV's The Avengers.
  • 38 of 55 questions
    Do you have any nicknames?
    Terms of endearment like joon, which is Persian for love or dear when added to your name, like Pamela joon.
  • 39 of 55 questions
    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    Easy in that I always try helping others and am VERY positive. Hard 'cause I have high standards.
  • 40 of 55 questions
    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    My studio.
  • 41 of 55 questions
    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Jewelry making and mentoring youth.
  • 42 of 55 questions
    What are your favorite movies?
    Old black-and-whites, Harry Potter films, and movies where animals get revenge, like Jaws.
  • 43 of 55 questions
    What are your favorite TV shows?
    50 percent cartoons like the Disney Channel and the other 50, educational TV.
  • 44 of 55 questions
    What are your favorite websites?
    Model Mayhem.
  • 45 of 55 questions
    What are your favorite books and authors?
    Scholarly works about the faith. If I'm truly reading them, there isn't time to read anything else.
  • 46 of 55 questions
    iPhone or BlackBerry?
  • 47 of 55 questions
    Fast food or gourmet?
    Nutrisystem, baby! It's fast and easy. I love the shape it makes me!
  • 48 of 55 questions
    Cooking or takeout?
    Fresh live veggies and, of course, microwaves.
  • 49 of 55 questions
    Favorite food?
  • 50 of 55 questions
    Beer or wine?
    Neither. Baha'is don't ever drink alcohol. Since I became a Baha'i in '82, I gave up alcohol.
  • 51 of 55 questions
    Guiltiest pleasure?
  • 52 of 55 questions
    Biggest pet peeve?
    Dishonesty and laziness are equally offensive.
  • 53 of 55 questions
    Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
    The redesign-a-uniform challenge!
  • 54 of 55 questions
    Your take on team challenges?
    Would love to do one. I'm an AWESOME team player, but have ruthlessly high standards.
  • 55 of 55 questions
    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    Because my fashion interns and design students kept bugging me to do it.


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