Another field trip! Did you know instantly what wing you would use?
Honestly no. I spent an equal amount of time in each wing, taking every painting and piece of art in very seriously. In the end after realizing that the other three designers picked the same theme, I decided to go with the Roman wing because I saw so much beauty in every piece. There was a strong connection there.
What drew you to the specific sculpture in the wing you chose? Were you surprised at all by the other designers' chosen inspirations?
I loved the sculpture that I chose. It was stone and stood very still, yet at the same time it had so much movement and flow. I thought the ease it expressed in spite of its weight and stillness was truly sensual and beautiful. I was not surprised by what the other designers chose really and didn't spend much time thinking about it.
Did you ever consider using another wing just because you'd been so criticized by the judges for draping in the past?
I actually did. But in the end I followed my instinct. I knew then that I was in a Catch-22 position. If I chose draping then it was very likely that they would ask me why I didn't choose something different. On the other hand if I chose a different theme, they could have easily asked me why I didn't choose something that I did very well and that they expected from me. So in the end it didn't really matter. I did what I loved and as a designer you have to love what you do and follow your heart.