Burning Questions

The Season 1 winning designer says what's next for her, and who she considered her biggest competition.

Jul 23, 2009

Bravotv.com: Before you sat down for your mini-reunion with the judges and designers, how were you feeling?
I was extremely nervous. Having made it that far, I definitely wanted to walk away with the prize.

Bravotv.com: What was it like looking back on the season as a whole?
It was a great experience. It was fun to see everyone again and recap the experience. It's like a video diary of this amazing, bizarre and stressful time in my life.

Bravotv.com: How did it feel to know some of your other competitors thought you would win?
It's always a compliment to have the respect of your peers. It is actually very important to me, because you can really learn so much from sharing experiences -- both good and bad. I definitely took something away from many of the people on the show and will keep in contact.

Bravotv.com: Who did you consider your biggest competition?
Daniella, certainly. She is very talented. She is very aware of fashion of the moment and has a good instinct about what works.

Bravotv.com: What was the inspiration for your collection?
I was inspired by the painting "The Garden of Earthly Delights." In the center panel, it depicts this sort of fantasy world of sinful pleasure. I was really delighted by the images of humans frolicking with animals, giant fruit and birds, and these very futuristic structures in the background that almost resemble a Frank Gehry building. I loved the mix of very primitive imagery and almost surreal modern elements. The painting was done in 1500, so it was very ahead of its time. It almost references religion, if only to get away with doing something incredibly subversive.