Exclusive Interview: Jennifer Diederich of 'Project Runway'
Exclusive Interview: Jennifer Diederich of 'Project Runway'
Perhaps the judges didn't appreciate Jennifer's vintage style or perhaps they just didn't get her vision.  Whatever the reason, it seemed to be an easy decision for Heidi and the gang to send her packing on this week's episode of Project Runway.  The challenge was to design an outfit for the U.S. Olympic Team but when Jennifer chose not to use red, white, and blue in her design, it left the panel puzzled.  Jennifer also designed a dress, a garment that the judges felt was not appropriate for a group of female athletes to wear.  Despite being eliminated for it, she stands by her design and remains positive.  Today, she spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview.

Below, you will find the complete transcript and mp3 of the interview.


Hey everybody, this is Gina from BuddyTV, and today I'm talking to Jennifer from Project Runway. So what made you decide to go on Project Runway? What made you want to do it?

Well I live in Italy right now, and I just started my own line, Suite, here in the states. I figured that being in a little town in Italy isn't going to get me too much publicity for my line here in America, so I thought that Project Runway would be a good launching pad for my line.


How long had you been living in Italy before coming on the show?

It's been on and off. I studied there for a year when I was in college at FIT, and ended up meeting my boyfriend and moving there.


You seem so much more introverted than the other contestants this season. Did you get along with everybody?


I got along with everybody. It was kind of a shock to see it on TV, because I'm really not introverted. I'm definitely more soft-spoken than most of the other cast members, but it doesn't necessarily mean I'm shy. I actually got along well with everyone, and I was kind of disappointed not to see more of the camaraderie on TV. I realize that they can't show everybody doing everything, but I really got along with Stella and Emily and Kelli and Wesley, and pretty much everybody.


Who has the biggest personality this season do you think?

I'd say it's a three-way tie between Stella, Blayne and Kenley. They're all pretty strong personalities.


Would you say that the Olympics challenge is the one that you struggled with most this season?


I don't. I think the inspiration challenge, I had too much ambition for my design I think. I wasn't able to step back after I constructed it and be able to fix the proportions, because I thought it looked kind of old with the proportions that I had, and it was a little more covered than I would have liked. I think I had more trouble with that one than the Olympics one. The Olympics one, I knew that I had to move along and get my sewing done fast so that I'd have time to edit my design.


The judges had said that your designs were dated. How do you respond to something like that?

I do have more of a vintage sensibility to my designs. I don't like to do miniskirts for every design, I do like the longer length of a skirt, and I guess maybe that's dated in the judges eyes. I think that there's a large audience of women out there that would like to wear my designs that are a little bit more modest, but modern at the same time. I don't know, I don't think my designs are that dated.


What made you decide not to use the red, white and blue like everybody else in the challenge?

I was thinking more of a "go for the gold." I saw the gold fabric and I thought it was kind of interesting looking. Looking back I kind of regret not choosing a red, because that does say more USA. But when you're in the moment there, and you're in Mood and you're running around and you decide on something, you don't really have time to think about it and change your mind. I'd gone with this idea of the gold, and I just kind of went with it.


Were you worried when you looked around the design studio and saw that everybody else had decided to use red, white and blue?

I wasn't really worried. One of the designers, I don't remember who, did mention, they said, "Oh, that's interesting that you don't have any red in your design." But they seemed to like the idea of the gold, so I wasn't really worried about it in the work room.


Is there anything that the judges told you that you're taking to heart and that you're going to use in the future when you're designing?


Honestly, it seemed like they crushed me on the runway, but it actually wasn't so bad in person. They do think my designs are a little more on the vintage side, and I think their style is more looking forward to the future. I think I'm going to stay more with my vintage style, because I kind of like that and I think that there is an audience for that kind of clothing.


Now that you're done with the show, what are you up to? Are you splitting time between Italy and the states?


I just went back to Italy like last week, and now I'm back here in New York. I'm working on my line here in New York, but I'm living over in Italy and doing the pattern making and working on the line, and then coming over here and working on production. It is kind of like splitting my time at this point.


I just wanted to thank you so much, Jennifer. Good luck with your line.

Thank you.




- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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