QWhat was the first garment you ever made?
AA very simple dress for my younger cousin. We would put on performances and make our family sit down to watch us.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing?
AThe Knife, Portishead or Santigold radios on Pandora. I'm all about Swedish techno.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential?
AIn high school. I really loved the feeling of just creating, and when people started to want the things I was creating, my gears started ticking.
ARodarte, for sure. How fantastic that two sisters who were completely self-taught, and were the weird kids growing up, grew up to blossom into a fashion revolution
AHairstylist for Aveda.
QCan you describe past jobs you've had?
ACreative directing, and serving.
QWhat is a fashion must?
ALipstick, lipstick, lipstick. All women should wear it.
QWhat is your design training?
AI'm completely self-taught. I started with using patterns, and when I couldn't find what I wanted, I started to drape and make my own.
QHave you won any awards related to design?
ACenter Ambassador dress, for the 2011 Julep Ball for the Kentucky Derby. Such an honor!
QWhat are your strengths as a designer?
AColor. With my background in beauty, I understand what tones do what for different shapes and skin tones.
QWhat are your weaknesses as a designer?
AI would say my weakness is menswear. I am not really a fan; I feel that menswear has a lot more restrictions than women's wear.
QWhat's influenced your designs over the years?
AIn the past, the wow factor, the dress that stops the show. Now my aesthetic is more about asking, what can a woman wear out, and feel completely confident in?
QWhat's your favorite material or fabric to work with?
ALeather, baby! But I use a lot of silk. It takes a certain person to wear a lot of leather, so I don't end up using much of it.
QWhat's the item you're most proud of designing?
AThe pieces I can't let go of. There are certain outfits I make that my heart and soul went into, and I cannot bear to part with them.
QDo you prefer sketching or draping?
QDo you prefer patterns or solids?
ASolids ... why use a pattern when you can turn a solid into a textural pattern on your own?
QWhat are your favorite colors?
ABlack, gray and white. Bland, I know, but if your personality shines, your clothing should just frame it.
QWhat's your biggest fear as a designer?
ASending a dress I didn't believe in down a runway.
QWhat's the ugliest thing you've ever worn?
AI insisted on this turtleneck sweater in high school. Why, I have no clue, but at the time it felt nice.
QWho are your favorite style icons?
AAs cliche as it is for a gay male to say Lady Gaga, I have to hand it to her. She has opened the door to pure creativity.
QIf you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her?
AA nice skirt suit. She is so elegant, she needs something to show what a class act she truly is.
QWhat celebrity would you like to design for?
ANicole Kidman. The woman has her own shape, haha. I would kill to design for her.
QWho's your supermodel muse?
AStella Tennant. She is a dream.
QWhat do you look for in a model?
AI like the odd features, big eyes or big mouths, and a harsh eyebrow. It all boils down to who is going to fit into the story I have created for this collection.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be . . .
APerforming, or doing hair. Both are loves of my life, but designing just takes the front seat.
QDream place to set up your design business?
ALondon, the birthplace of all things new and original.
QWebsites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
AFacebook, Tumblr, deatheragedesigns.com
QAny other cultures or places you wish you could design for?
AI am obsessed with the Scandinavian culture, so pristine and pure in their heritage. They have a beautiful history and a blooming fashion field.
QHow were you described as a kid?
AShy and fairly introverted. Growing up in a small town, being different is never easy. I held my emotions and creativity in a lot.
QHow are you described now?
AThey would say I'm bubbly and the catalyst to all things progressive. I push my loved ones to further themselves. If I can inspire them, I'm doing something right.
QCan you describe your family?
AAbsolutely hilarious! The largest group of loving people. Nobody is ever judged, and everyone is accepted. When you say support system, we're the poster family.
QMarriage or kids?
ASingle, no kids.
QDo you have any nicknames?
AGunn, majority because of the unnatural harsh words that combine to make my name, haha.
QWhy are you (or aren't you) easy to live with?
AI'm very laid-back. I don't see a reason to make a fuss over something that isn't a big deal in the long run ... you must pick your battles.
QWhat's your favorite hangout back home?
AMy rooftop or the local coffee shop. I could spend hours in either.
QWhat are your hobbies besides designing?
APhoto shoots, dancing in my car, long walks, late-night running, and stargazing ... I'm a tree hugger at heart.
QWhat are your favorite movies and TV shows?
AI can't help but love Glee. I was myself a show-choir kid, so it brings back memories.
QWhat are your favorite books and authors?
AEdgar Allen Poe. As morbid as he can be, the man was a genius in portraying his creativity.
QWhat are your favorite websites?
Alookbook.nu and stumbleupon. If I sit down to enjoy either, it's a challenge to get back up.
QiPhone, Android or BlackBerry?
QFast food or gourmet?
AFast food; it's cheap and easy. I'd rather spend my money on fabric or shoes.
QCooking or takeout?
ACooking. Cooking a nice meal with friends or loved ones is such a nice way to show appreciation.
AIndian food. I cannot get enough of it.
QBeer or wine?
AWine, keep it classy.
AI like Twilight. There is something so endearing about the ideas of hot vampires whisking you away.
QBiggest pet peeve?
ANo self-confidence. Believe in you; if you don't, nobody will.
QFavorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?
ADaniel Vosovic. He was, wow, amazing.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?
AThe mom challenge. How much fun would that be, to share that experience with my best friend?
QProject Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back for your season?
AThe car challenge ... not that I couldn't do it, but there's only so much you can do with old upholstery and seatbelts.
QYour take on team challenges ... love them or hate them?
AI'm indifferent. I'll do them, but I'm a leader, so they could be interesting.
QHow did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?
AOn a whim, I decided to send in my portfolio. Two weeks later I was a semifinalist, and three weeks later I was off to NYC! This was my first time ever auditioning.
QWhy do you think you will win Project Runway?
AI think I stand as good a chance as anyone. I give everything my all, and if it is supposed to happen, it will.