Meet Amanda Perna, "Project Runway" Season 9 designer. See a portfolio of past work, as well as videos, photos and more.
Amanda Perna

Amanda Perna

Age 24, New York, NY - Out Episode 1


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Q&A : Amanda 's TAKE
QWhat was the first garment you ever made? AHalloween costumes in high school.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? APink Floyd, jazz, Andrea Bocelli or indie rock.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AMy sophomore year in college, when I realized it was actually a profession.
QFavorite designer(s)? AAlber Elbaz, Valentino.
QCurrent occupation? AFashion designer.
QOther past jobs -- design and otherwise? AAssistant designer, student ambassador.
QWhat is a fashion must? AAmazing accessories.
QWhat is your design training? AI am a proud graduate of the University of Alabama Apparel Design Program.
QHave you won any awards related to design? AHenrietta Thompson Fashion Achievement Award at UA in 2008 for excellence in fashion.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer? AUse of color and free-form draping.
QWhat are your weaknesses as a designer? AOveranalyzing.
QWhat's influenced your designs over the years? ANature, people, art.
QWhat's your favorite material or fabric to work with? AChiffon and organza.
QWhat's the item you're most proud of designing? AA white dress that was on display at the student center at UA even after I graduated.
QDo you prefer sketching or draping? AI love both!
QDo you prefer patterns or solids? AThere is a time and place for both.
QWhat are your favorite colors? APink, red and orange.
QWhat's your biggest fear as a designer? AHaving to make a tailored shirt -- I kind of hate them.
QWhat fashion faux pas drives you crazy? APeople wearing clothes that are a size too small.
QWhat's the ugliest thing you've ever worn? ASkorts.
QWho are your favorite style icons? ACarrie Bradshaw from "Sex and the City."
QIf you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her? AA chic A-line dress.
QWhat celebrity would you like to design for? ASandra Bullock -- a gown for her to accept another award in.
QWho's your supermodel muse? AI am not just saying this to kiss up, but Heidi Klum.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AI like dark-haired models with soft features.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it . . . AI do have one, and I named it Couture Chaos.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be . . . AA psychologist to figure out the crazies who are designing.
QDream place to set up your design business? AFlorida! I could sketch and tan at the same time.
QWebsites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?,,
QAny other cultures or places you wish you could design for? AEuropeans.
QHow were you described as a kid? ASmart, creative, eccentric.
QHow are you described now? AQuirky, creative, smart, driven.
QCan you describe your family? AFun, loud and very close.
QMarriage or kids? ASingle, but I have a boyfriend.
QDo you have any pets? ABruno Giuseppe Perna, a five-pound teacup Yorkie, and Coconut, a 10-pound Yorkie.
QDo you have any nicknames? AScooter (my grandfather gave me this one when I was a baby), Perna (everyone calls me this).
QWhy are you (or aren't you) easy to live with? AEasy because I am entertaining. Not easy because I am very opinionated.
QWhat's your favorite hangout back home? AThe beach.
QWhat are your hobbies besides designing? ACooking, interior decorating, shopping.
QWhat are your favorite movies? AThe Wizard of Oz, Everything Is Illuminated, The Labryrinth, Across the Universe.
QWhat are your favorite TV shows? A30 Rock, HGTV, It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
QWhat are your favorite books and authors? AThe Great Gatsby, any fashion book.
QWhat are your favorite websites? Anet-a-porter,
QiPhone, Android or BlackBerry? ABlackberry -- touch screens intimidate me.
QYour Twitter handle? AI don't do Twitter.
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet all the way.
QCooking or takeout? ACooking. My boyfriend and I enjoy cooking together.
QFavorite food? ACheese, sushi, Italian, gourmet salads.
QBeer or wine? AWine, but I do love a good lambic beer.
QGuiltiest pleasure? ABuying shoes.
QBiggest pet peeve? APeople with poor table manners.
QFavorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway? AChristian Siriano, Anthony Williams.
QProject Runway challenge you wish they'd bring back for your season? AGrocery store challenge.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back? AAnything where models dictate designs.
QYour take on team challenges ... love them or hate them? ALove/hate relationship. Love the fact people have different talents. Hate dealing with divas.
QHow did you end up auditioning for Project Runway? AI wanted the opportunity to make my dreams come true. I sent in an audition tape previously.
QWhy do you think you will win Project Runway? AI understand every aspect of the design process.