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

Julie Tierney

Age 35, Grand Junction, CO - Out Episode 4


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  • Exit Interview: Episode 4
  • Extended Judging of Julie Tierney, Episode 4
  • Tim Critiques Julie Tierney: Episode 4
  • Tim Critiques Joshua McKinley and Julie Tierney: Episode 3
  • Extended Judging of Joshua McKinley and Julie Tierney, Episode 3
  • Tim Critiques Julie Tierney: Episode 2
  • Extended Judging of Julie Tierney, Episode 1
  • Julie Tierney's Home Visit
  • Julie Tierney's Closet Tour
  • Julie Tierney's Casting Session
Q&A : Julie's TAKE
QWhat was the first garment you ever made? AI think a vest in 1988, when vests were popular.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AShr3d 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.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AAfter my Intro. to Accessories Class at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD).
QFavorite designer(s)? APierre Cardin, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, YSL, Balenciaga.
QCurrent occupation? AIntern at Loki Outerwear in Grand Junction, Colorado.
QCan you describe past jobs you've had? APastry chef, graphic designer, wine bar, fashion designer.
QWhat is a fashion must? AStriped socks with heels.
QWhat is your design training? AAssociate'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.
QHave you won any awards related to design? ASeveral, including the SCAD Yearly Artistic Honors Scholarship and the Catherine Malandrino Style Lab Mentorship.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer? ABrilliant ideas.
QWhat are your weaknesses as a designer? AGetting bored with what I am working on.
QWhat's influenced your designs over the years? AMy associates degree in graphic design definitely influences my work.
QWhat's your favorite material or fabric to work with? AWool.
QWhat's the item you're most proud of designing? AMy awesome shrug.
QDo you prefer sketching or draping? ADrape, but I use a sketch.
QDo you prefer patterns or solids? AMainly solids, but I like mixing patterns, and I think I am decent at doing it.
QWhat are your favorite colors? AColors that vibrate next to each other.
QWhat's your biggest fear as a designer? ALosing the ability to see colors correctly.
QWhat fashion faux pas drives you crazy? AExtreme lack of sophistication.
QWhat's the ugliest thing you've ever worn? AI tried on rollerblades once.
QWho are your favorite style icons? AMadonna.
QIf you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her? ASomething a little edgier than she is used to.
QWhat celebrity would you like to design for? AChelsea Handler because she is awesome.
QWho's your supermodel muse? AKate Moss.
QWhat do you look for in a model? ANatural with a sense of self.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it . . . AJulie Tierney (high-end) Tierney (accessories) Bison Brand (t-shirts).
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be . . . AA professional athlete in something.
QDream place to set up your design business? AWherever home is.
QWebsites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?
QAny other cultures or places you wish you could design for? AParis.
QHow were you described as a kid? AFunny, athletic, bright, crafty, does not take direction.
QHow are you described now? ABusy and talented.
QCan you describe your family? APainfully average.
QMarriage or kids? ANot yet?
QWhy are you (or aren't you) easy to live with? AI am easy to live with because I have already lived with every loser dirt bag who is unaware they are manic.
QWhat's your favorite hangout back home? ASkate park and Colorado National Monument, and soon the Colorado River.
QWhat are your hobbies besides designing? ASnowboarding, skating, surfing and equestrian (new). I want to snowskate this year and learn to hang glide.
QWhat are your favorite movies and TV shows? A I do not have cable. However, Netflix documentaries and Exit Through the Gift Shop.
QWhat are your favorite books and authors? ALucky or Smart, Pillars of the Earth.
QWhat are your favorite websites? ACool Hunting.
QiPhone, Android or BlackBerry? AVerizon Razzle.
QFast food or gourmet? ABoth.
QCooking or takeout? ABoth.
QFavorite food? AEdamame, ahi, sushi, Southwest food, Mexican food, Indian food, classic French food, basically all foods. But they are better when they are more dynamic.
QBeer or wine? ABoth.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AJack neat with a coke back.
QBiggest pet peeve? APeople who don't even know, they don't know.
QWho was your favorite past Project Runway designer? AThe first chick from Portland that won?
QProject Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season? AThe candy wrapper one.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back? AMaking clothes for the other competitors.
QYour take on team challenges ... love them or hate them? AI don't hate them, because a team can get more done than one person.
QHow did you end up auditioning for Project Runway? AOur SCAD Facebook Alumni Page had it on there, and I sent my portfolio in.
QWhy do you think you will win Project Runway? AI 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.