• Amanda Perna from Project Runway Season 9
  • Anthony Ryan Auld from Project Runway Season 9
  • Anya Ayoung-Chee from Project Runway Season 9
  • Becky Ross from Project Runway Season 9
  • Bert Keeter from Project Runway Season 9
  • Bryce Black from Project Runway Season 9
  • Cecilia Motwani from Project Runway Season 9
  • Danielle Everine from Project Runway Season 9
  • David Chum from Project Runway Season 9
  • Fallene Wells from Project Runway Season 9
  • Gunnar Deatherage from Project Runway Season 9
  • Joshua Christensen from Project Runway Season 9
  • Joshua McKinley from Project Runway Season 9
  • Julie Tierney from Project Runway Season 9
  • Kimberly Goldson from Project Runway Season 9
  • Laura Kathleen from Project Runway Season 9
  • Olivier Green from Project Runway Season 9
  • Rafael Cox from Project Runway Season 9
  • Serena da Conceicao from Project Runway Season 9
  • Viktor Luna from Project Runway Season 9

Laura Kathleen

26, St. Louis, MO

What was the first garment you ever made?

Pajamas, when I was eight. They are totally '90s.

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

Anything from rock to country to Adele to jazz . depends on my mood.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

When I was born. Never changed my mind that I wanted to work in fashion, even though I was a tomboy all through elementary school.

Favorite designer(s)?

Balenciaga, Christopher Bailey, Akris, Cartier, Narciso Rodriguez.

Current occupation?

Designer/fashion design teacher.

Can you describe past jobs you've had?

Event coordinator/executive of softline for Target.

What is a fashion must?

Tailored blazer, great-fitting jeans, a designer leather bag.

What is your design training?

Bachelor of Science in design, merchandising and textiles. Began sewing at age eight.

Have you won any awards related to design?

Lots of recognition in St. Louis, FACS honor society.

What are your strengths as a designer?

Good taste, great tailoring skills, know textiles, can predict what's good and know how to dress and style.

What are your weaknesses as a designer?

Being too hard on myself??

What's influenced your designs over the years?

Pin-up and vintage style mixed with modern techniques; manipulate fabric and layer prints.

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

Chiffon - PRINTED! And I love slinky jersey.

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

The last thing I made . after a while, you want something new.

Do you prefer sketching or draping?

I'm damn good at both. One goes with the other.

Do you prefer patterns or solids?

Both, but I love a good print . if it's solid, the fabric has to be rich and amazing.

What are your favorite colors?

Green, magenta, yellow, black, white, ivory.

What's your biggest fear as a designer?

Nada, 'cause I'm going for it all.

What fashion faux pas drives you crazy?

Uggs, clothes that don't fit, braided bands wrapped around the head, ill-fitting miniskirts.

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

Ill-fitting pair of jeans. AWFUL.

Who are your favorite style icons?

Mixture of Marilyn Monroe and Sarah Jessica Parker.

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

Something that didn't make her look so boxy .

What celebrity would you like to design for?

Marilyn Monroe. Something that is modern and covers her up but is still damn sexy.

Who's your supermodel muse?

Adriana Lima, she is just hot.

What do you look for in a model?

A good walk, a smooth stride and an air about her of knowing pleasure.

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

Laura Kathleen, what it's called already.

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

A criminal lawyer.

Dream place to set up your design business?

St. Louis, in the old Macy's building.

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

laurakathleen.com, ustrendy.com, modelmayhem.com

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

I design for everyone.

How were you described as a kid?

Tenacious, persistent, focused, funny, creative. And so spoiled and loud, outspoken, tough.

How are you described now?

SAME - not a whole lot has changed.

Can you describe your family?

Very close. My mom is my best friend. They are very supportive. We get along really well.

Marriage or kids?

Single, no kids.

Do you have any pets?

Oliver, a seven-pound toy poodle (love of my life).

Do you have any nicknames?

Peanut (sorority), Laura Lou (Mom), Woobie (Dad), Barbie.

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

Easy because I'm domestic, a good cook and a good time. Not easy because I put my career before everything, and I'm demanding.

What's your favorite hangout back home?

A place with great music. I can have a good time anywhere.

What are your hobbies besides designing?

Running, enjoying art, social events, dance, family.

What are your favorite movies and TV shows?

Real Housewives!! Anything Marilyn Monroe. I love Moulin Rouge, and Kill Bill 1 and 2.

What are your favorite websites?


Your Twitter handle?

A: LKathleenDesign

Favorite Twitter accounts?

W, Michael Kors.

What are your favorite books and authors?

Love Chelsea Handler! Haha, really deep reading.

iPhone, Android or BlackBerry?

iPhone (white).

Fast food or gourmet?


Cooking or takeout?

Depends on the company I'm with. I like cooking for others.

Favorite food?

Fruit, sushi, veggies, eggs.

Beer or wine?

Wine for sure!

Guiltiest pleasure?


Biggest pet peeve?

Saying you will do something and not following through or following up.

Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway?

Christian Siriano . who else? Oh! Santino Rice. He is hilarious!

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

Met challenge.

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

Party store challenge, trash challenge.

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

I'm good, as long as I'm in control.

How did you end up auditioning for Project Runway?

I love the show, began auditioning in Season 5 and have been ever since.

Why do you think you will win Project Runway?

I know what I'm doing.