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: After seeing how your collection came out, would you change anything?
Oh, of course. I am my own worst critic and I definitely would change many things. I think that's what keeps me moving forward to improve my collections every season. I like the idea that you evolve as a designer. I think it is the same for any fine artist as well; your style grows and changes as you learn, and you learn for the rest of your life.

Bravotv.com: How hard was it to keep your win a secret?
Thankfully I only had to wait a week until everyone found out. I enjoy the suspense honestly.

Bravotv.com: What do you think your students will say?
I have received e-mails from some of them and they are very excited. I just know that as much as I can teach them, I still have a lot to learn and achieve and it's fun that they get to be a part of that. I can't sit on my high horse at all with them; they are very cool, much cooler than me. I think also because they know that I struggle too, it becomes more of a reality for them how much you have to work at and love what you do.

Bravotv.com: What’s next for you?
Obviously I am going to put the money into my business, but how is something I still have to figure out. I want to make the clothes available and priced reasonably so that is something that will happen very soon. Stay tuned to annamccraney.com for updates!

Bravotv.com: What’s the most important thing you learned about yourself and/or your profession from the show?
Humility. A little goes a long way. I also really realized that designing is truly what I should be doing. After many stumbling blocks I have kept at it and it has