Victoria Cocieru grew up in a small village in Moldova and moved to the big city at age 18 to study at the country's University of Design. She cut her teeth working on the sample team at a manufacturer of such iconic brands as Armani, Burberry, Guess, and Max Mara. Now, the Bravo's Project Runway ingenue is poised to conquer the fashion world.
"From a person who came from a tiny, tiny country to get to New York Fashion Week would be everything," Victoria explained in the March 5 episode. "Fashion design is what I want to do in this life. I have to make it to New York Fashion Week — I have to!"
Once she was on the scene, she took in the marvel of it all.
"I’ve never been to New York Fashion Week," she said. "Everything is just insane. It’s so huge, so many people. I didn’t expect to see so many people, this is amazing."
Christian Siriano was a vital help to Victoria on this design journey.
"I changed 99 percent of my designs after Christian came," she said of his last help. "Now, my collection, because of his advice, looks very cohesive, looks like a thread."
By being in the competition, Victoria knows she made huge strides with her ready-to-wear label, Khéops.
"Before coming to Project Runway, I was a good designer, but I didn’t design to my fullest. I’m very proud of how much I’ve grown," she assessed.
Through the process of hard work and mentorship, Victoria rose to the next level.
"I feel amazing about my collection — it looks fresh, super modern, elevated, forward-thinking," she said. "It’s such an unbelievable moment."
Without further ado, let's take a look at Victoria's finale runway show:
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