Burning Questions

Jennifer Diederich defends her choice in color and design in the Olympic challenge.

Aug 6, 2008

Bravotv.com: What did you think of having an actual Olympian, Apolo Ohno, as guest judge?
I thought it was an honor to have an Olympian as a guest judge. I should have realized that Apolo would be looking for a design with an athletic point of view. Since my style is very girly, (I never wear pants--just dresses and skirts) I tried to combine a more sporty fabric, the fleece jacket, with a more feminine skirt. I really thought about the athlete's needs by adding a back pocket to the skirt for storage of digital cameras, passes, etc., but it seems it was not enough to impress Apolo or the judges.

Bravotv.com: What did you think of the other designers' designs?
I really liked Korto's design. I thought it was modern, chic and portrayed beautiful American sportswear. Joe's and Terri's designs were what the judges were looking for, but I didn't see too much innovation. Jerell's look was "out there" for the challenge, but he sure knows glamour and how to make a statement. Daniel's didn't really say "Olympic" at all to me. It had similar problems to mine -- it was more fashion than athletic, and the colors were purple and red. I definitely think some of the other designers in the middle range skated through even though they had outfits that didn't fit the challenge.

Bravotv.com: Did you think you would be going home after hearing the judges' comments about all the designs? Do you think that someone else deserved to go home instead of you?
I knew I was on the chopping block after hearing the judges' comments. Ironically, I was told by other designers that they thought I was a contender for the win. I felt my design was well thought out, executed beautifully, (I even embroidered "USA" on the silk bias-cut tank with gold thread from the skirt fabric!) and playful. Did I think it was the worst design? Definitely not! I loved it! I would rather not say if someone should have gone instead of me. Bringing someone else down to lift myself up is not my thing.