What were your biggest concerns when you saw who the models would be?
Just the simple fact that they were teenage girls.
You made a very successful choice with the champagne color, but why did you stray from black or white?
I didn't want white because I was afraid it could look like a wedding dress. I thought black would look too stuffy and formal. These are teenage girls, not ladies getting married or going to a funeral. As soon as I saw the champagne-colored charmeuse I knew it was the one.
You chose not to make the dress as plunging as the client had originally requested -- did the client have any complaints about that?
I didn't make the dress as plunging in the front or the back because I didn't want her parents coming after me. Nicole had no complaints at all when she saw the dress. I don't think she even remembered that she wanted it different. The dress was gorgeous and she knew it.
What did you think of the other designers' work?
I liked Kit's. It was a lot of work and looked fresh and modern.
How much do you think a designer should pull rank over their client if they don't agree with the client's vision?
I think there is a fine line you walk. Clients don't always understand design or even their own body and what works for them. You must gently sway them. I did this by giving my client some of what she wanted, most of what I wanted, in a BEAUTIFUL dress. What can a girl say to a beautiful dress that looks great on her body?
Going into the challenge you said you felt like the underdog, how did you feel after?
I felt like I was back in the game. I think I do much better at making WOMEN'S CLOTHING. If you noticed I only choked on men's and gimmicky stuff.
It seemed like the challenge brought back some, um, memorable memories for you ... care to elaborate?
All I can say is I had fun at my prom!