Exclusive Interview: Wesley Nault of 'Project Runway'
Exclusive Interview: Wesley Nault of 'Project Runway'
Last night may have been a designer's worst nightmare on Project Runway.  It didn't start out too awful.  They found out that their models would be their clients and they would have to design a cocktail dress for them.  That sounded great ... until Tim Gunn told them that the models would shop for the fabrics, not the designers.  Many came back with items that the designers did not approve of or would never choose to work with.  Designer Wesley Nault not only got both, he also didn't get enough fabric to work with.  His model's choices while shopping ended up being his undoing and he was eliminated on last night's episode.  Today, he spoke to BuddyTV in an exclusive interview and told us which contestant he plans to team up with once the show is over!

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 Wesley from Project Runway. Can you tell me a little bit about your background in fashion design and how you got started?

I actually started when I was really young. I started sewing when I was in middle school and learned to also make clothes. Then I started making stuff for my friends because they responded well to what I was making for myself. Then I was making prom dresses and things like that. From there, I went to FIT and I studied there for four years. And while I was there, I worked at the Levy Group as an intern. They do outerwear for Esprit and Laundry and Liz Claiborne, that sort of thing. And then, I spent almost a year with Marc Jacobs. I was in Marc by Marc at first, and then I moved up to Collection for a while. So that’s how everything got started.

Is this the first season that you tried out for Project Runway?

Yes, it is.

Had you watched previous? And what made you want to be on the show?

I’ve watched every season. And, at first, I didn’t know if I would ever… Like, the first few seasons, I was like, “Oh, I would never try out for that.” And then, being out of school and in the industry, I really do want to start my own line and work for myself and stuff like that. I thought, what better of an opportunity to expose myself and show people what I have to offer, so that’s why I wanted to try out for it.

Now, there are a lot of BuddyTV fans who didn’t like last night’s challenge. They didn’t like that the models got to go shopping for the fabrics. What did you think when you found out what the challenge was going to be?

Oh, I turned and looked at my model. I thought I was going to pass out. I was just not looking forward to seeing what she was going to bring back.

What was the biggest problem with what she brought back to you?

That there wasn’t enough fabric. I wish she would have brought back more fabric, and just one color, not a few colors. Especially, she brought back this mint green and this brown color, and it would have looked like a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone if I were to use it together. It’s not a color combination that I necessarily liked. I wish she would have just brought one color and a lot more fabric than what she did.

If you could have designed the dress yourself, what would you have done? What color would you have wanted to use on her?

I mean, the brown color didn’t necessarily look bad on her. The fabric just showed every mistake, so I probably wouldn’t have gotten that fabric, but the silhouette would have been more voluminous. It would have stood  away from her body if it had more fabric.  Just because I had to do something fitted, I was very limited with what I could do. She was kind of a curvy girl, so I knew a fitted garment wouldn’t necessarily look best on her, but I didn’t have much to work with.

Was there a design last night that you particularly liked the best?

It was tough to say. Everyone kind of struggled on this challenge, but I really liked Daniel’s dress. I think he pulled it off really well.

What do you think we didn’t get to know about you on the show? Is there anything you wish you could have shown the viewers since you did leave so early?

Yeah, I definitely didn’t get to show my point of view and my style at all while I was on the show. You saw a little bit of it in the first episode, but I really didn’t get a chance to really show what I have to offer, unfortunately.

Have you made an decisions about your future now, and what you’re going to do in the fashion world?

I think that I’m definitely going to use this experience to my advantage. I went from no one knowing me as a designer to the entire population who watches this show. I’m going to use that to my advantage, and I think I’m just going to try and start my own line. Daniel and I are talking about working on something together at the moment.

Oh, that’s great. I just wanted to thank you so much for your time and wish you good luck.

Oh, thank you so much.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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