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Julie Tierney

35, Grand Junction, CO

What was the first garment you ever made?

I think a vest in 1988, when vests were popular.

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

Shr3d Crust, '80s country music, snowboard rock (also known as melodic punk) groups on the Fat Wreck Chords, Top 40, Metallica, heavy metal and butt rock.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

After my Intro. to Accessories Class at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).

Favorite designer(s)?

Pierre Cardin, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, YSL, Balenciaga.

Current occupation?

Intern at Loki Outerwear in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Can you describe past jobs you've had?

Pastry chef, graphic designer, wine bar, fashion designer.

What is a fashion must?

Striped socks with heels.

What is your design training?

Associate's Degree in Graphic Design from Mt. Hood Community College (01-03) And, returned to school at age 32, at SCAD, and graduated on August 2010, with a degree in fashion design.

Have you won any awards related to design?

Several, including the SCAD Yearly Artistic Honors Scholarship and the Catherine Malandrino Style Lab Mentorship.

What are your strengths as a designer?

Brilliant ideas.

What are your weaknesses as a designer?

Getting bored with what I am working on.

What's influenced your designs over the years?

My associates degree in graphic design definitely influences my work.

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


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

My awesome shrug.

Do you prefer sketching or draping?

Drape, but I use a sketch.

Do you prefer patterns or solids?

Mainly solids, but I like mixing patterns, and I think I am decent at doing it.

What are your favorite colors?

Colors that vibrate next to each other.

What's your biggest fear as a designer?

Losing the ability to see colors correctly.

What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?

Extreme lack of sophistication.

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

I tried on rollerblades once.

Who are your favorite style icons?


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

Something a little edgier than she is used to.

What celebrity would you like to design for?

Chelsea Handler because she is awesome.

Who's your supermodel muse?

Kate Moss.

What do you look for in a model?

Natural with a sense of self.

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

Julie Tierney (high-end) Tierney (accessories) Bison Brand (t-shirts).

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

A professional athlete in something.

Dream place to set up your design business?

Wherever home is.

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


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


How were you described as a kid?

Funny, athletic, bright, crafty, does not take direction.

How are you described now?

Busy and talented.

Can you describe your family?

Painfully average.

Marriage or kids?

Not yet?

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

I am easy to live with because I have already lived with every loser dirt bag who is unaware they are manic.

What's your favorite hangout back home?

Skate park and Colorado National Monument, and soon the Colorado River.

What are your hobbies besides designing?

Snowboarding, skating, surfing and equestrian (new). I want to snowskate this year and learn to hang glide.

What are your favorite movies and TV shows?

I do not have cable. However, Netflix documentaries and Exit Through the Gift Shop.

What are your favorite books and authors?

Lucky or Smart, Pillars of the Earth.

What are your favorite websites?

Cool Hunting.

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

Verizon Razzle.

Fast food or gourmet?


Cooking or takeout?


Favorite food?

Edamame, ahi, sushi, Southwest food, Mexican food, Indian food, classic French food, basically all foods. But they are better when they are more dynamic.

Beer or wine?


Guiltiest pleasure?

Jack neat with a coke back.

Biggest pet peeve?

People who don't even know, they don't know.

Who was your favorite past Project Runway designer?

The first chick from Portland that won?

Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season?

The candy wrapper one.

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

Making clothes for the other competitors.

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

I don't hate them, because a team can get more done than one person.

How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?

Our SCAD Facebook Alumni Page had it on there, and I sent my portfolio in.

Why do you think you will win Project Runway?

I have a strong style that has a point of view. It makes sense, and is not like everything else. I'm a competitor and used to competing in a variety of things.