McKell Maddox

OUT 07/29/2010

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McKell Maddox Video Blog: Episode 14

McKell Maddox returns for a reunion with the other designers from Project Runway Season 8. In this video blo...
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  • Tim Critiques McKell Maddox: Episode 1
  • Exit Interview: Episode 1
  • Under the Gunn: Episode 1
  • Extended Judging of McKell Maddox, Episode 1
  • McKell Maddox's Home Visit
  • McKell Maddox's Closet Tour
  • McKell Maddox's Casting Session
MCKELL'S DESIGN IN EPISODE 1: "And Sew It Begins"
The designers must use a garment from another designer's suitcase to create a new look.
Guest Judge: Selma Blair. Aired July 29.
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    What was the first garment you ever made?
    A patchwork jacket!
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    What is your music of choice when designing?
    Bob Dylan, Neko Case, Black Eyed Peas, Alice in Chains.
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    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    In college. The feedback I was getting was positive.
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    Favorite designer(s)?
    Coco Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier.
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    Current occupation?
    Fashion designer.
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    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    Jeremy Scott design assistant, ballet company seamstress and painter.
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    What is a fashion must?
    A really nice pair of jeans!
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    What is your design training?
    I went to The Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
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    Have you won any awards related to design?
    I won a Jeremy Scott Award in 2005.
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    What are your strengths as a designer?
    My passion for designing, and seeing the finished product with shoes, accessories, hair.
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    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    Menswear. I just don't get many opportunities to make men's clothing.
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    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    Everything I surround myself with, so my aesthetic is always evolving.
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    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    I like all of it. I love lace.
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    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    The first look that I sold for a profit.
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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?
    Black, turquoise.
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    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    Not making it!
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    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    Capri pants.
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    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    Just saw a picture of myself wearing a jean shirt with light-color jeans. OMG.
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    Who are your favorite style icons?
    Kate Moss.
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    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    A tailored skirt. I just don't think the fuller skirts look that great on her.
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    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Charlize Theron, a red-carpet dress. Honestly, I would love to dress her from morning to night!
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    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Milla Jovovich.
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    What do you look for in a model?
    Height is a big deal, but I also want some originality that sets them apart from the rest.
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    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    McKell Maddox.
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    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    Dead.
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    Dream place to set up your design business?
    Paris.
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    Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
    mckellmaddox.com, fice.com
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    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    Japanese culture.
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    How were you described as a kid?
    Athletic. I was always running around in a leotard. I loved to draw and play dress-up too!
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    How are you described now?
    Pretty much the same, except for the leotard. I don't wear them much these days, ha ha.
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    Can you describe your family?
    Very close. We have a lot of fun, love being outdoors, are pretty laid-back.
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    Marriage or kids?
    Married 1 year and 9 months, and have a baby girl, Maude Victoria Peterson, 9 months old.
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    Do you have any pets?
    Two dogs: Bella, a German shorthair bird dog, and Grace Redbone, a hound dog.
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    Do you have any nicknames?
    Kell, a shorter version of my name.
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    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    I'm laid-back. But I'm a morning person, which drives my husband CRAZY!
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    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    The Rocky Mountains. We take our dogs on hikes, pack a lunch and hang out in our secret spot.
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    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Taking pictures.
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    What are your favorite movies?
    The Royal Tenenbaums, Grease, Amelie.
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    What are your favorite TV shows?
    Project Runway, Modern Family, So You Think You Can Dance.
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    What are your favorite books and authors?
    The Tao of Pooh and Te of Piglet.
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    What are your favorite websites?
    Don't have one!
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    iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
    iPhone.
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    Fast food or gourmet?
    Gourmet.
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    Cooking or takeout?
    Takeout, unless my husband is cooking.
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    Favorite food?
    Homegrown tomatoes. I love fresh veggies.
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    Beer or wine?
    Beer on a hot summer day, wine in the evening with dinner and good friends.
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    Guiltiest pleasure?
    Ice cream and more ice cream.
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    Biggest pet peeve?
    Talking on the phone while you are out to dinner.
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    Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
    Seth Aaron Henderson. He was just such a good person, and his runway show was amazing!
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    Project Runway challenge you wish they'd bring back for your season?
    The Levi challenge.
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back?
    The Tiki Barber challenge.
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    Your take on team challenges?
    ''Hate'' is a harsh word, but I hate them. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians.
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    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    A photographer I work with was asked for referrals, and he gave my name.
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    Why are you going to win?
    Because I know who I am as a designer!

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