A.J. Thouvenot

OUT 08/26/2010

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A.J. Thouvenot Video Blog: Episode 14

A.J. Thouvenot returns for a reunion with the other designers from Project Runway Season 8. In this video bl...
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  • QUESTIONS & ANSWERS: A.J.'S TAKE

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    What was the first garment you ever made?
    A tunic made out of rubber exercise bands. It did not survive its first wearing.
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    What is your music of choice when designing?
    Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue, Uffie, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, Muse, Katy Perry, Jeffree Star.
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    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    When people showed interest in the costumes I made for drag queens and other local club performers.
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    Favorite designer(s)?
    Heatherette, Jeremy Scott, John Galliano.
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    Current occupation?
    Designer for fashion label TrashBiscuit, part-time retail sales at Sole and Blues STL.
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    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    Salesperson at American Apparel and Aldo Shoes, design intern at Heatherette NYC.
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    What is a fashion must?
    Bling. I love lots of jewelry.
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    What is your design training?
    BFA in fashion design from Lindenwood University, design internship at Heatherette NYC.
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    What are your strengths as a designer?
    Avant-garde and forward thinking, and that my clothes have a playful element.
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    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    I make event-based clothes and sometimes find it difficult to make more typical day clothes.
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    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    Rave culture and the underground club scene, pop and rock music, and tabloid culture.
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    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    Taffeta, tulle and children's cotton prints.
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    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    A dress I made for my friend Sarah's 25th birthday party.
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    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    Both.
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    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    Patterns!
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    What are your favorite colors?
    Pink and yellow.
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    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    Being a one-trick pony. Always conscious of not being one-note.
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    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    Socks with sandals.
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    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    Severely shredded denim.
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    Who are your favorite style icons?
    Paris Hilton and Cyndi Lauper.
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    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    A fun vacation outfit complete with big floppy hat. I think she needs a break.;-)
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    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Katy Perry, a naval-inspired outfit.
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    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Kate Moss.
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    What do you look for in a model?
    Height, and I love girls with a big head and big eyes.
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    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    TrashBiscuit.
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    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    Doing event planning or working as a stylist.
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    Dream place to set up your design business?
    Tokyo.
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    Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
    A.J. Thouvenot on Facebook, STLfashionweek.com, TrashBiscuit on Facebook and Twitter.
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    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    I love the street style of young people in Tokyo, specifically Shinjuku Station.
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    How were you described as a kid?
    Talkative, and a good student. I was always drawing, doing puppet shows for family and friends.
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    How are you described now?
    Fashionable, outgoing and energetic. I think they would describe me as the life of the party.
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    Can you describe your family?
    Typical suburban family, a bit religiously conservative, but supportive of my artistic endeavors.
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    Do you have any pets?
    Madison, a cairn terrier.
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    Do you have any nicknames?
    Pickle, given to me by my boyfriend Ryan because I'm always getting myself ''into a pickle.''
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    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    Easy because I'm a go-with-the-flow kind of guy. I can be a little messy, though.
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    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    The City Museum, and The Complex, a nightclub with NY-inspired costume parties and events.
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    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Flirting with cute boys, going dancing, I have on occasion performed locally as a drag queen.
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    What are your favorite movies?
    Mean Girls, Barbarella Queen of The Galaxy, The 5th Element, BeetleJuice, Heathers, The Labyrinth.
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    What are your favorite TV shows?
    Glee, Gossip Girl, Arrested Development, Project Runway.
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    What are your favorite websites?
    fashionista.com, dlisted.com
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    What are your favorite books and authors?
    Augusten Burroughs, James St. James, have a big soft spot for Harry Potter.
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    iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
    iPhone.
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    Fast food or gourmet?
    Fast food.
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    Cooking or takeout?
    Takeout. I'm a HORRIBLE cook.
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    Favorite food?
    Fried chicken. I come from a Southern family, so anything that goes along with that.
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    Beer or wine?
    Beer.
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    Guiltiest pleasure?
    Britney Spears.
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    Biggest pet peeve?
    People carrying glass mugs outside. Get a sippy cup!
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    Who was your favorite past Project Runway designer?
    Santino Rice. He's totally rock and roll, and we're both originally from St. Charles, Missouri.
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
    The one where they made garments out of pieces from the Atlas Apartments.
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back for your season?
    Any menswear challenge.
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    Your take on team challenges?
    Love them. I think the end result of collaborating is always exciting and interesting.
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    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    I knew I wanted to audition, so I checked Google every day for casting info.
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    Why are you going to win?
    I have a fresh, young, unique voice that can help pull the fashion industry out of its current funk.

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