Jason Troisi

OUT 08/05/2010

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Jason Troisi Video Blog: Episode 14

Jason Troisi returns for a reunion with the other designers from Project Runway Season 8. In this video blog...
  • Jason Troisi Video Blog: Episode 14
  • Extended Judging of Jason Troisi, Episode 2
  • Tim Critiques Jason Troisi: Episode 2
  • Jason Troisi Video Blog: Episode 2
  • Extended Judging of Jason Troisi, Episode 1
  • Jason Troisi Video Blog: Episode 1
  • Tim Critiques Jason Troisi: Episode 1
  • Jason Troisi's Casting Session
  • Jason Troisi's Closet Tour
  • Jason Troisi's Home Visit
JASON'S DESIGN IN EPISODE 2: "Larger Than Life"
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  • 1 of 57 questions
    What was the first garment you ever made?
    The vest that is in my introduction video.
  • 2 of 57 questions
    What is your music of choice when designing?
    Jack White, Spoon, The Felice Brothers, Modest Mouse, Vampire Weekend, The Strokes, Elvis Perkins.
  • 3 of 57 questions
    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    When I was 10 and paired camo green and beige spray paint; when the colors went together, I knew.
  • 4 of 57 questions
    Favorite designer(s)?
    Can I say myself? Otherwise, a former classmate, Ilho Kim (Jinx/Ken), W&LT, early McQueen.
  • 5 of 57 questions
    Current occupation?
    Landscape designer (glorified lawn cutter).
  • 6 of 57 questions
    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    I haven't done anything else.
  • 7 of 57 questions
    What is a fashion must?
    For men, a great suit. For women, a tailored jacket to build your wardrobe around.
  • 8 of 57 questions
    What is your design training?
    High school home ec course; Parsons, majoring in fashion design; sewing on my own.
  • 9 of 57 questions
    Have you won any awards related to design?
    Gene Meyer Golden Thimble Award for menswear; 3rd place, Birkenstock shoe design contest, both 2000.
  • 10 of 57 questions
    What are your strengths as a designer?
    Attention to detail, strong sense of tailoring, eye for color, originality, conceptual design.
  • 11 of 57 questions
    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    My attention deficit disorder, but that is also a strength, because it's what makes me creative.
  • 12 of 57 questions
    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    Society, war, fine art, prior relationships and human emotion.
  • 13 of 57 questions
    Any other unusual influences?
    The Beat generation, indie musicians, the Bodies exhibit, bioluminescent deep-sea creatures.
  • 14 of 57 questions
    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    Unfortunately, leather. Real leather, not synthetic.
  • 15 of 57 questions
    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    No favorites with my children. But if I had to choose, my opal driftwood deep-sea-diver coat.
  • 16 of 57 questions
    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    Depends on my mood.
  • 17 of 57 questions
    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    Depends on the weather.
  • 18 of 57 questions
    What are your favorite colors?
    Depends on the light.
  • 19 of 57 questions
    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    To make something that someone has already made and think it was new.
  • 20 of 57 questions
    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    People that dress weird (bad) or bad weird.
  • 21 of 57 questions
    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    White skintight rubber pants with actual chains at the hem.
  • 22 of 57 questions
    Who are your favorite style icons?
    Marlon Brando, Vincent Price.
  • 23 of 57 questions
    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    Something a little more cutting-edge, to help her connect to the next generation of women.
  • 24 of 57 questions
    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Jack White, Alison Mossheart, Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried.
  • 25 of 57 questions
    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Kate Moss or Shalom Harlow.
  • 26 of 57 questions
    What do you look for in a model?
    I have to be somewhat attracted to them. An inner beauty that speaks louder than their outer beauty.
  • 27 of 57 questions
    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    James Troisi 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 . . .
  • 28 of 57 questions
    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    Writing music and painting.
  • 29 of 57 questions
    Dream place to set up your design business?
    New York City or Paris.
  • 30 of 57 questions
    Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
    jamestroisi2010.com, bluegrasslandscapedesign.com, modelmayhem.com
  • 31 of 57 questions
    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    I would love to explore any country.
  • 32 of 57 questions
    How were you described as a kid?
    Class clown, overconfident, misunderstood, troublemaker.
  • 33 of 57 questions
    How are you described now?
    Direct quotes from my family: Very creative, a little nutty, sensitive and loving, perfectionist.
  • 34 of 57 questions
    Can you describe your family?
    Tight-knit, loving, generous, compassionate, caring, oblivious.
  • 35 of 57 questions
    Marriage or kids?
    Divorced. Previously married for 5 years. No kids.
  • 36 of 57 questions
    Do you have any pets?
    Saltwater fish. I don't name them because they die too often and I don't want to get attached.
  • 37 of 57 questions
    Do you have any nicknames?
    Cullo aperto (''very lucky'' in Italian), Gesualdo (from my uncle in Italy), King Tro (stage name).
  • 38 of 57 questions
    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    I'm a perfectionist, hate uncleanliness, take very long showers and am completely into myself.
  • 39 of 57 questions
    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    My basement studio. That's really sad, but I do all my work there.
  • 40 of 57 questions
    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Playing guitar, reading, going to church, working out, listening to music.
  • 41 of 57 questions
    What are your favorite movies?
    The Wizard of Oz, Dr. Zhivago, Giant, Children of Men, Clash of the Titans, Time Bandits, Atonement.
  • 42 of 57 questions
    What are your favorite TV shows?
    The A Team, The Incredible Hulk, Knight Rider, Lost, Prison Break, V, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • 43 of 57 questions
    What are your favorite websites?
    Don't have one currently.
  • 44 of 57 questions
    What are your favorite books and authors?
    James and the Giant Peach, A Clockwork Orange, Fahrenheit 451; Jack Kerouac, Mario Puzo.
  • 45 of 57 questions
    iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
    iPhone.
  • 46 of 57 questions
    Fast food or gourmet?
    Gourmet.
  • 47 of 57 questions
    Cooking or takeout?
    Cooking.
  • 48 of 57 questions
    Favorite food?
    Penne with marinara sauce, anything healthy, Brazilian BBQ.
  • 49 of 57 questions
    Beer or wine?
    Beer. Belgian.
  • 50 of 57 questions
    Guiltiest pleasure?
    Chewing tobacco (Skoal long-cut mint).
  • 51 of 57 questions
    Biggest pet peeve?
    The words ''pet peeve.'' Having my work interrupted by a phone call or problem.
  • 52 of 57 questions
    Who was your favorite past Project Runway designer?
    Seth Aaron and Irina.
  • 53 of 57 questions
    Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
    Avant-garde, or the ones using materials from a hardware store or plant shop.
  • 54 of 57 questions
    Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back for your season?
    The Barbie challenge.
  • 55 of 57 questions
    Your take on team challenges?
    Depends on the partner. I'd love them if that person was open-minded and a team player.
  • 56 of 57 questions
    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    At my cousin's wedding a few years ago a few of his friends suggested I'd be a great contestant.
  • 57 of 57 questions
    Why are you going to win?
    Am I going to win?? At this point, my chances are better than they have ever been.

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