Cornelius Ortiz, aka Corey Ortiz, from "Project Runway 2016" is one of the contestants in Season 15 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. He is a 24-year-old designer from Boston, Massachusetts.

It was during high school when Ortiz realized his love for designing clothes. Since then, he has been decided for six years and has recently earned his Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design & Retailing from Framingham State University. His strengths as a designer include mixing prints, textures and pattern making. Ortiz draws his inspiration from buildings, nature, inanimate objects, shapes and graffiti.

Ortiz's favorite designers are Marc Jacobs and Rick Owens, while his style icon is Janelle Monae.
Ortiz's favorite past "Project Runway" designer is Sonjia Williams.

Here is an interview with Ortiz:

When did you realize you had designer potential?

In high school I have always loved clothing, so I thought to myself I should start making them.

Strengths as a designer?

Mixing prints and textures and pattern making.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Plus size clothing.

How did you end up auditioning for "Project Runway"?

I've watched "Project Runway" since the first season and I always knew I would get on. I've applied twice and I set up for the show last year for NY Fashion Week.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

HP challenge.

Challenge you hope they don't?

Working with nudists.

What's your take on team challenges?

I love them because I like seeing what other people can contribute in a team.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

I'm going to win because I have the complete package. Style, fast sewing skills, I work good under pressure, and I'm willing to grow.




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FACTS

Where does he live? Find out here.

Age: ∼24 years old
Hometown: Boston, MA
Current Residence: Boston, MA




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