• Amanda Perna from Project Runway Season 9
  • Anthony Ryan Auld from Project Runway Season 9
  • Anya Ayoung-Chee from Project Runway Season 9
  • Becky Ross from Project Runway Season 9
  • Bert Keeter from Project Runway Season 9
  • Bryce Black from Project Runway Season 9
  • Cecilia Motwani from Project Runway Season 9
  • Danielle Everine from Project Runway Season 9
  • David Chum from Project Runway Season 9
  • Fallene Wells from Project Runway Season 9
  • Gunnar Deatherage from Project Runway Season 9
  • Joshua Christensen from Project Runway Season 9
  • Joshua McKinley from Project Runway Season 9
  • Julie Tierney from Project Runway Season 9
  • Kimberly Goldson from Project Runway Season 9
  • Laura Kathleen from Project Runway Season 9
  • Olivier Green from Project Runway Season 9
  • Rafael Cox from Project Runway Season 9
  • Serena da Conceicao from Project Runway Season 9
  • Viktor Luna from Project Runway Season 9

Amanda Perna

24, New York, NY
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What was the first garment you ever made?

Halloween costumes in high school.

What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?

Pink Floyd, jazz, Andrea Bocelli or indie rock.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

My sophomore year in college, when I realized it was actually a profession.

Favorite designer(s)?

Alber Elbaz, Valentino.

Current occupation?

Fashion designer.

Other past jobs -- design and otherwise?

Assistant designer, student ambassador.

What is a fashion must?

Amazing accessories.

What is your design training?

I am a proud graduate of the University of Alabama Apparel Design Program.

Have you won any awards related to design?

Henrietta Thompson Fashion Achievement Award at UA in 2008 for excellence in fashion.

What are your strengths as a designer?

Use of color and free-form draping.

What are your weaknesses as a designer?

Overanalyzing.

What's influenced your designs over the years?

Nature, people, art.

What's your favorite material or fabric to work with?

Chiffon and organza.

What's the item you're most proud of designing?

A white dress that was on display at the student center at UA even after I graduated.

Do you prefer sketching or draping? AI love both! QDo you prefer patterns or solids?

There is a time and place for both.

What are your favorite colors?

Pink, red and orange.

What's your biggest fear as a designer?

Having to make a tailored shirt -- I kind of hate them.

What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?

People wearing clothes that are a size too small.

What's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?

Skorts.

Who are your favorite style icons?

Carrie Bradshaw from "Sex and the City."

If you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her?

A chic A-line dress.

What celebrity would you like to design for?

Sandra Bullock -- a gown for her to accept another award in.

Who's your supermodel muse?

I am not just saying this to kiss up, but Heidi Klum.

What do you look for in a model?

I like dark-haired models with soft features.

If you had to name your label, you'd call it . . .

I do have one, and I named it Couture Chaos.

If you weren't designing, you'd be . . .

A psychologist to figure out the crazies who are designing.

Dream place to set up your design business?

Florida! I could sketch and tan at the same time.

Websites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?

amandaperna.com, couturechaos.com, va.edu

Any other cultures or places you wish you could design for?

Europeans.

How were you described as a kid?

Smart, creative, eccentric.

How are you described now?

Quirky, creative, smart, driven.

Can you describe your family?

Fun, loud and very close.

Marriage or kids?

Single, but I have a boyfriend.

Do you have any pets?

Bruno Giuseppe Perna, a five-pound teacup Yorkie, and Coconut, a 10-pound Yorkie.

Do you have any nicknames?

Scooter (my grandfather gave me this one when I was a baby), Perna (everyone calls me this).

Why are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?

Easy because I am entertaining. Not easy because I am very opinionated.

What's your favorite hangout back home?

The beach.

What are your hobbies besides designing?

Cooking, interior decorating, shopping.

What are your favorite movies?

The Wizard of Oz, Everything Is Illuminated, The Labryrinth, Across the Universe.

What are your favorite TV shows?

30 Rock, HGTV, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

What are your favorite books and authors?

The Great Gatsby, any fashion book.

What are your favorite websites?

net-a-porter, style.com

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

Blackberry -- touch screens intimidate me.

Your Twitter handle?

I don't do Twitter.

Fast food or gourmet?

Gourmet all the way.

Cooking or takeout?

Cooking. My boyfriend and I enjoy cooking together.

Favorite food?

Cheese, sushi, Italian, gourmet salads.

Beer or wine?

Wine, but I do love a good lambic beer.

Guiltiest pleasure?

Buying shoes.

Biggest pet peeve?

People with poor table manners.

Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?

Christian Siriano, Anthony Williams.

Project Runway challenge you wish they'd bring back for your season?

Grocery store challenge.

Project Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back?

Anything where models dictate designs.

Your take on team challenges ... love them or hate them?

Love/hate relationship. Love the fact people have different talents. Hate dealing with divas.

How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?

I wanted the opportunity to make my dreams come true. I sent in an audition tape previously.

Why do you think you will win Project Runway?

I understand every aspect of the design process.