Season 10 Designer
Age 58, Manhattan, NY
List of websites featuring your work?
ako collection is created by designer andrea katz
First garment you ever made? I was 13 and made a poncho.
What's your design training/schooling? Art school and self-taught on the job.
What have been your influences? In the past I approached my work as an artist always pushing to challenge myself to push the edges on what I do. Now I try to do the same, but make it marketable.
Item you're most proud to have designed? My hoop collection - it makes people smile.
Favorite designer(s)? Margiela, Chalayan, Maurizio Amadeo, Yamamoto, Prada, Wang, Kawakubo.
Fashion must? Make whatever one buys "your own."
Fashion faux pas that drives you crazy? JEANS!
Favorite style icon? Katharine Hepburn.
Dream celebrity client? What would you make for him/her? A gown for Bjork or a suit for Tilda Swinton.
If you had to name your label, you'd call it... A+R=T.
If you weren't designing, you'd be... Making art or teaching.
Biggest pet peeve? Literally my pets. We have a love-hate relationship: They love me, and I hate them waking me at 5 a.m.
Favorite PR designer? I decided not to study any shows or winners and just go into it cold.
Challenge you hope they bring back? I heard about a car parts challenge. I would like to take a stab at that one.
Challenge you hope they don't bring back? The challenge with the women wrestler/fighters. Love the ladies, not so much what they had to design for them, though.
Do you think you can win PR? Yes and no. Yes, because I feel confident about my ability to design and work under pressure. No, because I work independently of most conventional ideas about designing for a mass market - especially in the current economic atmosphere. But you never know.
Andrea Katz | "Project Runway" Season 10 Designer - myLifetime.com