Julie Tierney
Season 9 Designer

Age 35, Grand Junction, CO

Current occupation: Intern at Loki Outerwear in Grand Junction, Colorado

Past jobs: 10-plus years in the food and beverage industry, including pastry chef at Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood, and several other server/bartender jobs all over the place (mainly in ski towns).

Favorite designer(s): Pierre Cardin, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier, Alexander McQueen, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood, Valentino, YSL, Balenciaga.

Training: I went back to school at age 32, at SCAD, and graduated on August 27, 2010, with a degree in fashion design.

What was the first garment you ever made?
My Oompa Loompa costume I made for a party when I was 21.

What is a fashion must?
Contrast zippers.

What celebrity would you like to design for?
Chelsea Handler, because she is funny and I bet would be great to design for.

If you weren't designing, you'd be...
Hopefully, not bartending. But, kind of think I would be, or still working in a restaurant.

Favorite past PR designers: The first chick from Portland that won? (Leanne)

PR challenge you hope they bring back: The candy wrapper one.

PR challenge you hope they don't bring back: Making clothes for the other competitors.

Why do you think you will win Project Runway?
I have a strong style that has a point of view. It makes sense, and is not like everything else. I'm a competitor and used to competing in a variety of things.

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