Editor's Note: We checked in with Kelli, Season Five's first challenge winner, to talk about her design inspiration, the "hot and lengthy" judging, and more.
Bravotv.com: Did you see the Season One episode where Austin Scarlett won? Did you think about what you would've done if you had to do that challenge?
Kelli: I did see the first episode, and I thought his corn-husk dress looked better after it had wilted! I am used to working with unconventional materials, so I knew that I could execute this challenge nicely.
Did you know what the challenge would be once Tim brought you in front of the Gristedes?
As soon as I saw Gristedes, I knew that it was all coming full circle for the last Bravo season.
What drew you to your items, and what was the inspiration for your design?
I knew that I wanted to manipulate something that could be perceived as fabric, but NOT use a tablecloth. I went straight for the dye and bleach, after first thinking about loose razorblades! I wanted to also make sure to incorporate multiple things, and not make it simple.
Had you ever used those treatments on those products before?
I bleach and dye often, but I don't even read the box! I just have a weird knack for making it turn out in an awesome pattern. I think that it is inbred. :)
Were you more confident after Tim came in and criticized everyone else for using "material"?
I was more confident, but I also knew that I had a strong point of view.
What did you think of the other designers' looks? Which were your favorites? Least favorites? Did you think Jerry deserved to go home?
I honestly thought, "I had better win this s*** because I am using a myriad of innovative techniques, and my dress has a closure!" I also sewed through my fingers, blistered my thumb and really put blood and sweat into it. As far as Jerry, I felt really bad, but I was obviously glad that I had won.
What was the first time in front of the judges like?
Hot and lengthy. I was wearing too many layers since they had to take my band T's [due to all the copyrights], so I felt like I was going to faint. I wasn't really nervous -- I was actually fairly confident -- but it was like a brick oven in there!
After hearing the judges' comments, did you know you'd won? How did it feel having immunity for the next challenge?
I knew that I should win, but I have seen the show, and sometimes the person who should win doesn't. Having immunity just made me want to win again! I am not one to half-ass it just because I have a free ticket.