Valerie Mayen

OUT 09/30/2010

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Valerie Mayen Video Blog: Episode 14

Valerie Mayen returns for a reunion with the other designers from Project Runway Season 8. In this video blo...
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  • Extended Judging of Valerie Mayen, Episode 9
  • Extended Judging of Valerie Mayen, Episode 8
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  • Designers Dish on the Bottom Three: Episode 7
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  • Tim Critiques Military/Lace, Part 1: Episode 5
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    What was the first garment you ever made?
    A navy polka-dot sleeveless dress with pink buttons.
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    What is your music of choice when designing?
    La Roux, Discovery, Little Boots, Junior Boy, David Bowie, The Cars, Sleater Kinney, Ryan Adams.
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    When did you realize you had designer potential?
    In junior high, when I turned my generic, bland clothes into things that I actually wanted to wear.
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    Favorite designer(s)?
    Rudi Gernreich, Stefano Pilati, Leanne Marshall.
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    Current occupation?
    Full-time fashion designer, educator, freelance illustrator.
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    Can you describe past jobs you've had?
    Waitress, nanny, bartender, tabletop opera singer, NASA Space Lab test subject.
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    What is a fashion must?
    Boots. Preferably slimming, knee-length leather boots with a small heel.
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    What is your design training?
    BFA in illustration from the Cleveland Institute of Art, 2005.
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    Have you won any awards related to design?
    Creative Workforce Fellowship, 2009; COSE Arts Business and Innovation Award, 2010.
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    What are your strengths as a designer?
    My craftsmanship and aesthetic.
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    What are your weaknesses as a designer?
    My efficiency.
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    What's influenced your designs over the years?
    The marriage of mod vintage looks with contemporary cutting-edge style.
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    What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
    Interlock cotton knit and wool. They are so substantial and generally natural fibers.
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    What's the item you're most proud of designing?
    Any one of my coats. I love them all.
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    Do you prefer sketching or draping?
    Sketching.
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    Do you prefer patterns or solids?
    Solids.
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    What are your favorite colors?
    Mustard yellow, cherry red, cerulean blue, eggplant purple, titanium white.
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    What's your biggest fear as a designer?
    Being unappreciated.
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    What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?
    Uggs with flouncy tiered miniskirts, and disposable clothing.
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    What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
    As a kid, a blue-gray Western-style shirt with gold thread and fringe all over it.
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    Who are your favorite style icons?
    Peggy Moffitt.
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    How would you dress first lady Michelle Obama?
    A coat that doubled as a dress.
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    What celebrity would you like to design for?
    Gwen Stefani or David Bowie! I would design anything they asked me to.
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    Who's your supermodel muse?
    Agyness Deyn.
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    What do you look for in a model?
    An ethnic and unique look. Features and skin tone are more important to me than height and hair.
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    If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .
    I already named it . . . it's called Yellowcake!
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    If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
    Thinking about designing.
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    Dream place to set up your design business?
    I'm already here. I love Cleveland! I'd like additional bases in California and South America.
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    Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
    yellowcakeshop.com, valeriemayen.com, Facebook, coroflot.com, Etsy, yellowcakeshop.blogspot.com
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    Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
    French or Italian cultures.
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    How were you described as a kid?
    Goofy, awkward, geeky, that pretty much sums it up.
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    How are you described now?
    Not much has changed, except now I don't have braces and a pudgy belly.
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    Can you describe your family?
    Funny, dramatic, sensitive, emotional, outgoing, adventurous.
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    Marriage or kids?
    Single, single, single. Would love to be married before 30, though.
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    Do you have any pets?
    None yet, but I'd love to get a pygmy deer!
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    Do you have any nicknames?
    My parents call me Balo, and my best friend, her husband and kids call me Nuni, from an SNL skit.
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    Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
    Easy because I'm considerate. Maybe not easy because I have A LOT of stuff.
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    What's your favorite hangout back home?
    The Lava Lounge in Tremont, my best friend April's house and on the shoreway, at Edgewater Park.
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    What are your hobbies besides designing?
    Tennis, break dancing, painting, woodwork, writing, singing, trying new restaurants, bike riding.
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    What are your favorite movies?
    Eagle vs. Shark, Monsoon Wedding, Shawshank Redemption, The Labyrinth, Fantastic Mr. Fox.
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    What are your favorite TV shows?
    The Office, Modern Family, My So-Called life, Seinfeld, Friends, Facts of Life.
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    What are your favorite websites?
    fashion-incubator.com, for those who are into the real fashion industry and how it operates.
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    What are your favorite books and authors?
    Franny & Zooey, Catcher in the Rye, Ragamuffin Gospel; Salinger, Rilke, Sylvia Plath.
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    iPhone or BlackBerry?
    iPhone, hands down!
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    Fast food or gourmet?
    Gourmet, unless it's good fast food like In-N-Out or Five Guys.
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    Cooking or takeout?
    Both, but it has to be good takeout and good cooking.
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    Favorite food?
    Mangos, homemade Rice Krispies treats and homemade enchiladas.
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    Beer or wine?
    Wine.
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    Guiltiest pleasure?
    The Bachelorette and Olivia Newton-John (i.e., Xanadu).
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    Biggest pet peeve?
    Rude people.
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    Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
    Leanne Marshall, Alison Kelly, Jay McCarroll.
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
    The car-parts challenge. I love that one. It's a breeding ground for innovation and creativity!
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    Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back?
    The grocery-store challenge. It's getting old; I think they've used it quite a bit now.
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    Your take on team challenges?
    It'd be fun to work with someone else. But I may hate it if I get paired with a bum partner!
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    How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
    I'd auditioned before and was an alternate last season but didn't get on the show.
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    Why are you going to win?
    I'm going to work my tail off, I have a good aesthetic, strong craftsmanship and I'm genuine.

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