That’s great, that’s such an awesome opportunity. What do you wish you had known when you were starting out on the show that you know now?

Hmmm, that’s a good question. I think i was prepared to be on the show. I think the only thing that I wish i had known is the lack of sleep. Because we only get about three to four hours sleep a night, which I think is intentional so we can be tired, crabby and be in that environment. But I think that’s only thing that I wish I had known. But other than that, I mean, I wouldn’t have changed anything else. Even the foamy vagina.

Sure, because you learned from that!

Yeah, definitely.

Were you a big fan of the show before you went on?

I actually watched from time to time. And I did have mixed feelings about “Project Runway,” because [of] watching the show and being a professor. And I am picky about execution of a garment, but now that I’m on the show, I’m like “ohhhh.” One thing that many people don’t realize is the time constraint, because in reality we only have about 11 hours to make a dress, and it’s amazing. I mean, i do have a newfound respect for the people who are on the show and they are pushing themselves to the limit to make something gorgeous. So right now i have a bigger appreciation for the show because there’s a lot of things that people don’t know that happens behind the scenes, so I’m definitely going to be watching every season now.

To get some perspective, say, that dress that you made for the butterfly challenge, if you were to have a normal amount of time for it, how much time would you spend making that?

It’s funny, just looking at the episode and looking at that dress, I was asking myself, “why did i make that dress?”

You didn’t like it?!

I loved it!

OK good, because I loved it too.

It’s just like, the amount of work that went into that dress can take maybe 2 months to do. So, there’s a lot of technique and manipulation that went into it, and I’m just looking on TV, I’m like, “did I really do that in two days?”

It was amazing!

I mean, thank you!

I absolutely loved it, i was like “WHAT, HE ISN’T IN THE FINALE, COME ON!?”

I love it. I dunno, I was just really surprised with myself that I was able to pull something off like that, because that took a lot of work. And I think it was like an out-of-body moment for me; it was just like I had three of me working on the same dress. It was weird, but I’m happy with it. But yes, it was a LOT of work.

I bet, yeah, no, well and too it’s like, “this is it, this is your one final push .”

Yeah, definitely. it’s amazing.

So, now that the show is almost over, what do you want to do next? What’s your next big step?

At the moment I will be teaching at North Carolina State University, which is something that I’ve always wanted to do, so I’m thankful for the opportunity. And I’m actually working on a runway show for my students, which is actually the [same] first runway show that I did eight years ago, so it’s coming full circle. And it’s called Art2Wear, and I’m the co-faculty adviser for it, so I’m really excited about it. And other than that, I’m looking into starting my own line and just really start developing my business, because it is something that I definitely want to do and there’s no better time than now. So it’s something I need to dive into and just keep doing what I love to do.


“Project Runway” Season 12 finale

8 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime > | @redeyedana