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

Laura Kathleen

Age 26, St. Louis, MO - Out Episode 12


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  • Exit Interview: Episode 12
  • Laura Kathleen on Picking Anthony Ryan Auld
  • Extended Judging of Laura Kathleen: Episode 12
  • Tim Critiques Laura Kathleen: Episode 12
  • Tim Critiques Laura Kathleen: Episode 11
  • Extended Judging of Laura Kathleen: Episode 11
  • Tim Critiques Laura Kathleen: Episode 10
  • Extended Judging of Laura Kathleen: Episode 10
  • Nina Garcia Hates Laura Kathleen
  • Tim Critiques Laura Kathleen: Episode 9
  • Tim Critiques Laura Kathleen: Episode 8
  • Designers Dish: Team Nuts and Bolts, Episode 7
  • Extended Judging of Team Nuts and Bolts: Episode 7
  • Tim Critiques Team Nuts and Bolts: Episode 7
  • Extended Judging of Laura Kathleen: Episode 6
  • Tim Critiques Laura Kathleen: Episode 6
  • Designers Dish: Team Anthony Ryan and Team Joshua, Episode 5
  • Extended Judging of Team Anthony Ryan Auld: Episode 5
  • Tim Critiques Team Anthony Ryan Auld: Episode 5
  • Extended Judging of Laura Kathleen and Anthony Ryan, Episode 3
  • Tim Critiques Laura Kathleen and Anthony Ryan Auld: Episode 3
  • Tim Critiques Laura Kathleen: Episode 2
  • Laura Kathleen's Home Visit
  • Laura Kathleen's Closet Tour
  • Laura Kathleen's Casting Session
Q&A : Laura's TAKE
QWhat was the first garment you ever made? APajamas, when I was eight. They are totally '90s.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? AAnything from rock to country to Adele to jazz . depends on my mood.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AWhen I was born. Never changed my mind that I wanted to work in fashion, even though I was a tomboy all through elementary school.
QFavorite designer(s)? ABalenciaga, Christopher Bailey, Akris, Cartier, Narciso Rodriguez.
QCurrent occupation? ADesigner/fashion design teacher.
QCan you describe past jobs you've had? AEvent coordinator/executive of softline for Target.
QWhat is a fashion must? ATailored blazer, great-fitting jeans, a designer leather bag.
QWhat is your design training? ABachelor of Science in design, merchandising and textiles. Began sewing at age eight.
QHave you won any awards related to design? ALots of recognition in St. Louis, FACS honor society.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer? AGood taste, great tailoring skills, know textiles, can predict what's good and know how to dress and style.
QWhat are your weaknesses as a designer? A. being too hard on myself??
QWhat's influenced your designs over the years? APin-up and vintage style mixed with modern techniques; manipulate fabric and layer prints.
QWhat's your favorite material or fabric to work with? AChiffon - PRINTED! And I love slinky jersey.
QWhat's the item you're most proud of designing? AThe last thing I made . after a while, you want something new.
QDo you prefer sketching or draping? AI'm damn good at both. One goes with the other.
QDo you prefer patterns or solids? ABoth, but I love a good print . if it's solid, the fabric has to be rich and amazing.
QWhat are your favorite colors? AGreen, magenta, yellow, black, white, ivory.
QWhat's your biggest fear as a designer? ANada . 'cause I'm going for it all.
QWhat fashion faux pas drives you crazy? AUggs, clothes that don't fit, braided bands wrapped around the head, ill-fitting miniskirts.
QWhat's the ugliest thing you've ever worn? AIll-fitting pair of jeans. AWFUL.
QWho are your favorite style icons? AMixture of Marilyn Monroe and Sarah Jessica Parker.
QIf you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her? ASomething that didn't make her look so boxy .
QWhat celebrity would you like to design for? AMarilyn Monroe. Something that is modern and covers her up but is still damn sexy.
QWho's your supermodel muse? AAdriana Lima . she is just hot.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AA good walk, a smooth stride and an air about her of knowing pleasure.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it . . . ALaura Kathleen . what it's called already.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be . . . AA criminal lawyer.
QDream place to set up your design business? ASt. Louis, in the old Macy's building.
QWebsites that feature your work, including your own site(s)?,,
QAny other cultures or places you wish you could design for? AI design for everyone.
QHow were you described as a kid? ATenacious, persistent, focused, funny, creative. And so spoiled and loud, outspoken, tough.
QHow are you described now? ASAME - not a whole lot has changed.
QCan you describe your family? AVery close. My mom is my best friend. They are very supportive. We get along really well.
QMarriage or kids? ASingle, no kids.
QDo you have any pets? AOliver, a seven-pound toy poodle (love of my life).
QDo you have any nicknames? APeanut (sorority), Laura Lou (Mom), Woobie (Dad), Barbie.
QWhy are you (or aren't you) easy to live with? AEasy because I'm domestic, a good cook and a good time. Not easy because I put my career before everything, and I'm demanding.
QWhat's your favorite hangout back home? AA place with great music. I can have a good time anywhere.
QWhat are your hobbies besides designing? ARunning, enjoying art, social events, dance, family.
QWhat are your favorite movies and TV shows? AReal Housewives!! Anything Marilyn Monroe. I love Moulin Rouge, and Kill Bill 1 and 2.
QWhat are your favorite websites?!
QYour Twitter handle? ALKathleenDesign
QFavorite Twitter accounts? AW, Michael Kors.
QWhat are your favorite books and authors? ALove Chelsea Handler! Haha, really deep reading.
QiPhone, Android or BlackBerry? AiPhone (white).
QFast food or gourmet? AGourmet.
QCooking or takeout? ADepends on the company I'm with. I like cooking for others.
QFavorite food? AFruit, sushi, veggies, eggs.
QBeer or wine? AWine for sure!
QGuiltiest pleasure? ACandy.
QBiggest pet peeve? ASaying you will do something and not following through or following up.
QFavorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway? AChristian Siriano . who else? Oh! Santino Rice. He is hilarious!
QProject Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season? AMet challenge.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back? AParty store challenge, trash challenge.
QYour take on team challenges ... love them or hate them? AI'm good . as long as I'm in control.
QHow did you end up auditioning for Project Runway? AI love the show, began auditioning in Season 5 and have been ever since.
QWhy do you think you will win Project Runway? AI know what I'm doing.