Bravotv.com: What was the inspiration for your look?
My model, "Tee Tee Tia," was my inspiration for my look. She's modern, elegant, sophisticated, young, relevant. "Tee Tee Tia" and I spoke about what to do during our consultation and BOOM it all just came together.
Bravotv.com: What are the most important aspects of creating an appropriate cocktail dress for a young person?
Glamour, color, silhouette, and fit are all key elements in creating an appropriate cocktail dress for a young person. I loved this challenge because creating cocktail dresses have always been a strength of mine ... case in point ... Suede won the challenge!!!
Bravotv.com: Were you concerned that you wouldn't be done sewing the strips together in time?
Time management is ALWAYS an issue with challenges and this competition is much more difficult than it looks on TV. Not only was the sewing of the strips time consuming but the underskirt with all the layers of tulle was a time eater as well. I knew I would have a garment to go down the runway, but as Tim said I was taking a risk and they would either love it or hate. I loved it and "Tee Tee Tia" loved it and that was the goal of this challenge. Mission accomplished!
Bravotv.com: How much input did your model give you about the look she wanted?
"Tee Tee Tia" was VERY clear that she loves tulle and wanted it incorporated. I also wanted to be sure that the dress didn't read retro, so the strips was something I just sketched as we talked and I knew if I could execute it properly it would be a showstopper.