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'Project Runway' eliminated contestant: 'I thought his dress kind of looked like a Power Ranger'

JULIE TIERNEY

(Barbara Nitke/Lifetime)

“As you know in fashion, one day you’re in, and the next day… ” you’re talking to reporters about the utter misery of being out! Don’t click through if you don’t want a SPOILER on last night’s Project Runway, during which the contestants had to design a look for notoriously inflexible judge Nina Garcia. Season 9’s fourth eliminated contestant chats about the ins and outs after the jump.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: I think you mentioned outerwear as one of your favorite things to design. If there was a challenge where you could create anything you wanted, what do you think you would make?
JULIE TIERNEY: I appreciate outerwear. I’m not gonna say I’m exclusively in love with designing outerwear, because it is extremely technical. You do have to follow a lot of rules with it. Like with Runway, you don’t have to follow all the rules but you do have to reference them. I don’t always want to follow all those rules and have it be so practical. Fashion on the runway should be fun.

Did it often seem more like a race to see who could sew the quickest instead of a designing competition?
Oh, yeah. But I mean with sewing, that’s fine if I’m not as fast. Cecilia and Danielle are insanely fast. But you can always get faster in sewing. If you’re bad at designing, that’s harder to get better at. You can always learn to go faster. That didn’t even bother me. Either way, having Cecilia help me – yeah, I know I’m slower, but I need to take the means to figure out how to finish regardless.

Was Joshua a big old bully to you the whole time?
Yeah, but you know, whatever. He’s more of a nag. Like a nagging wife. He’s probably been hit.

Is Olivier as moody as he seems?
He’s funny! He acts strange just to act strange.

Is Anya really as unskilled at sewing as the show wants us to think?
I don’t believe that she’s only sewn for four months. I think she knows how to do it. Especially when it’s always talked about, preached … if you would just let it be. It brings up some suspicion, but I don’t really believe it. I don’t personally have a problem with her.

What did you think of the judges’ comments about the coat dress you designed for Nina?
Personally, I wasn’t buyin’ it. I didn’t feel the comments matched the same garment. They were just talkin’ crap. Some of ‘em were valid, but all of them, no. I thought Nina was okay with the colors prior, when she came around beforehand. But it was a different day. Maybe Nina needs to step out of her comfort zone. Maybe I need to see her differently than she sees herself.

Do you feel like that color block look was a good rep of your aesthetic?
Yes, for now. I feel like my aesthetics kind of evolve, change. That’s not my be-all end-all. But for now, yes, I’m comfortable with it. I kind of wish I would have put some buttons on it. I left my buttons at Mood. It was supposed to have closures – it would have been more representative of a coat. But I just paid no regard to any of those rules.

When you and Cecilia were in the final two, she seemed dejected and like she thought she should go home. Were you surprised it was you?
Yeah, I was actually surprised I was on the bottom, personally, with that garment. But it is a contest, so you have to also take that into consideration. I was surprised I was on the bottom, but who they choose for the top and bottom is always interesting. I do think Kimberly was definitely the winner.

Who should have been in the bottom?
Even though I feel like Bedazzle Josh is an impeccable sewer, I thought his dress kind of looked like a Power Ranger. Or maybe, like, fast food from the future. I’m surprised he was given the go. Whatever, I mean, it was well made.

Did you learn anything from the judges or other designers that you’ll take with you for the rest of your career?
I definitely changed my hair. I didn’t really see how I presented myself. The other designers said my aesthetic and my personality don’t really match how I look. I hadn’t been letting the outside world decide that. But since the show, I have decided to let the outside world decide that. I think I need to seem a little bit more appropriate for what I do.

Are you happy with the way you were portrayed on the show?
I wish they would have shown more of my jokes. I feel like I’m a funny person, but I was shown really, really boring. I promise I’m a bit more lively in real life.

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Originally posted August 19 2011 — 1:55 PM EDT

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