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

Rafael Cox

Age 27, Atlanta, GA - Out Episode 1


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Q&A : Rafael's TAKE
QWhat was the first garment you ever made? ATote bag.
QWhat's playing on your iPod when you're designing? ABeyonce, Feist, Rihanna.
QWhen did you realize you had designer potential? AAfter sewing my first tote bag in Sewing 101 class in college and realizing how much I enjoyed sewing it and constructing it.
QFavorite designer(s)? AAlexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler, Phillip Lim, Alber Elbaz.
QCurrent occupation? AFashion designer.
QWhat is a fashion must? ASkinny jeans.
QWhat is your design training? AAmerican InterContintal University, majored in fashion design and fashion marketing.
QWhat are your strengths as a designer? APatternmaking and draping, and just making really distinctive pieces.
QWhat are your weaknesses as a designer? ASticking to a certain design and sometimes deadlines.
QWhat's influenced your designs over the years? AI am usually inspired by everyday people and have used them as my influence most of the time.
QWhat's your favorite material or fabric to work with? AKnits.
QWhat's the item you're most proud of designing? AMy niece's prom dress that I made for her senior prom.
QDo you prefer sketching or draping? ABoth.
QDo you prefer patterns or solids? ABoth.
QWhat are your favorite colors? ABlack, black, black.
QWhat's your biggest fear as a designer? ANot creating new ideas and or being innovative.
QWhat fashion faux pas drives you crazy? ATacky people, mix-match people.
QWhat's the ugliest thing you've ever worn? AMotorcycle jacket from the thrift store.
QWho are your favorite style icons? AThe Olsen twins.
QIf you designed for the first lady, what would you design for her? AA nice cocktail dress for a speaking engagment. Form-fitting and elegant.
QWhat celebrity would you like to design for? ARihanna. I would love to design her some tour costumes.
QWho's your supermodel muse? ATyra Banks, Naomi Campbell.
QWhat do you look for in a model? AThe most mportant thing is if she can sell your garment. NO preference, just a cohesive look to my design aesthetic.
QIf you had to name your label, you'd call it . . . ARafael Cox.
QIf you weren't designing, you'd be . . . AA criminal profiler.
QDream place to set up your design business? AParis.
QAny other cultures or places you wish you could design for? AParis, London.
QWebsites that feature your work, including your own site(s)? AFacebook.
QHow were you described as a kid? ANice, quiet, easy to get along with and obedient.
QHow are you described now? AFunny, crazy sense of humor, and very self-driven and motivated.
QCan you describe your family? AVery open, loving very supportive and active in different arenas of sports.
QMarriage or kids? ASingle, no kids.
QWhat's your favorite hangout back home? AHome in the bed LOL.
QWhat are your hobbies besides designing? ASleeping, eating Chinese food.
QWhat are your favorite movies and TV shows? APeter Pan, Mommie Dearest, Waiting to Exhale.
QWhat are your favorite websites?,
QYour Twitter handle? Arafaelcoxdesign
QWhat are your favorite books and authors? AVogue.
QiPhone, Android or BlackBerry? AAndroid.
QFast food or gourmet? ABoth.
QCooking or takeout? ABoth.
QFavorite food? AChocolate, chocolate, chips, Chinese food, Pizza Hut.
QBeer or wine? AWine.
QGuiltiest pleasure? AChocolate.
QBiggest pet peeve? AClutter.
QFavorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway? AMondo, Seth Aaron.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season? ADesigning for a certain celebrity to wear to an event.
QProject Runway challenge you hope they don't bring back? APost office challenge.
QYour take on team challenges ... love them or hate them? AI like them. It's always something different and innovative to really challenge the designers.
QHow did you end up auditioning for Project Runway? AIt has always been a dream of mine to be on the show and win. This was my first time auditioning.
QWhy do you think you will win Project Runway? AI have the experience in being creative as well as the determination to be successful in the fashion industry. I am passionate and self-driven and motivated to fully pursue my dreams as a designer.