Party's Over: Interview With Eliminated "Project Runway" Designer Sarah Trost
Last Thursday I tuned into Lifetime for the 3rd episode of Project Runway Season 8 (if you missed it or any others you can view full episodes online). The episode dubbed “It’s a Party” could not have been more perfect for a Partybluprints Blog post. In this episode, the challenge was to design an outfit using party store supplies and let me tell you most of the designs were spectacular. Can you imagine a dress made entirely from party ribbon or party napkins? I could not either but on the runway these beauties even gave Tim Gunn the chills! Speaking of Tim Gunn, he was absolutely adorable in this episode and his giggle fest with the cast members in the work room had Twitter buzzing! Also adding drama and glam to the episode was guest judge, fashion designer, the amazing Betsey Johnson.
Missy Ferraro interviewed the most recent designer to get eliminated, Sarah Trost, for Lifetime Moms and The Partybluprints Blog. Her interview follows…
Recently, I had the pleasure to interview Sarah Trost from Project Runway, Season 8. Sarah, age 27 who is a noted costume designer in California, was eliminated on episode 3, “It’s a Party” where she was inspired to make a palm tree dress with supplies from a party store. I discovered that Sarah started her career creating doll clothes at a very young age and then a Halloween costume at the age of 10. During Sarah’s casting session for Project Runway where the designers bring samples for the judges to view, she revealed that she "loved hideous things” and has an affinity for clothes that are “vintage inspired, fun, flattering, yet comfortable for the people who wear them.” Although she left the judges “confused” by her designs that day, three weeks later Sarah received the call confirming her place as a designer on the show for season 8. She was very surprised and actually thought it was a joke.
I mentioned during my interview that we were monitoring twitter during the show Thursday evening and that 90% of the conversation generated was about Tim Gunn and the “wooly balls” and discontent for Gretchen. Sarah shared that Tim’s laughter in the workroom was definitely a funny moment for everyone and she did not seem very surprised about the feelings toward Gretchen. Here is what I discovered about Sarah in my interview on Friday…
Q: Do you think your grounded, even-tempered nature is what contributed to your departure in Episode 3? In other words, you did not create enough drama.
Trost: Absolutely!!! I had to stay true to myself and would not do what was necessary….” (She also claimed she was done and wanted to get home and get back to her life. She was exhausted and hadn’t eaten.)
Q: Of the 3 challenges that you participated in, which was your favorite and captured the true essence of Sarah Trost?
Trost: ...Episode 1. And Sew it Begins….khaki short jumpsuit
Q: In your opinion, who would you like to see win season 8?
Trost: In my opinion, Andy!
Q: Was there much backstabbing and/or design stealing?
Trost: That definitely starts to happen, the dynamic changes and little groups form.
Q: Where are you now in the season?
Trost: They just finished shooting except for the finale.
Q: Michelle Trevino, a Chicago Blogger, wants to know if you could have done more with the materials if given more time?
Trost: No, I was finished and was exhausted and just wanted to go home!
Q: How do you, Sarah Trost, envision the Marie Claire woman?
Trost: I don’t really envision her at all because that is not my magazine….I like "Vice" and "Esquire."
Q: How do you think the format of the show( 60 min. vs. 90 min.) impacts the show? How much taping is truly done? How much down time?
Trost: A full day challenge is truly a full day. Downtime is when you sleep. Everyone is pretty run down from the very long hours. It is very intense.