Emmanuel Tobias from "Project Runway 2014" is one of the contestants in Season 13 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. He is a 29-year-old designer from Dallas, Texas.

Here is an interview with Emmanuel Tobias:

Describe your family:

My family is a traditional and loving family. My mom and dad have been married for 30 years. I am the oldest of two siblings. I have a younger brother and a younger sister who is the mother of my beautiful 7-month-old niece.

Current occupation?

I am the Creative Director for a private label crafting/accessories brand that sells to large fabric/craft retail chains and other mass-market retailers. I am also a part-time draping professor at a Dallas fashion school.

Past jobs?

Sales Associate at a high-end fabric store, Richard Brooks Fabrics in Dallas. Product Development Manager at a Dallas based apparel line. I've had my fair share of "labor" jobs such as a waiter at Red Lobster, dog-bather at a Grooming Salon, wheelchair aid at the airport, guest service at a homeless shelter and many others.


I have a beautiful Siberian Husky named Lucian after the "Underworld" trilogy.


"E" — my professor in college could not pronounce my name correctly so she just started calling me "E" and it caught on. All of my classmates knew me as "E". "Manny" and "Eman" both given to me by different friends.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

I never thought I would be a fashion designer but for my sister's quinceanera, I designed her dress and found someone to make it. After going through that process I thought that I had potential to become a designer and make money doing something that I would enjoy.

First garment you ever made?

A mint dress created by using three colors of chiffon with pleated godets around the lower half. (The godets were pleated triangles inserted in between two seams.)

What's your design training/schooling, etc.?

I received an AAS in Pattern Design from El Centro Community College and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design from The University of North Texas.

Have you won any awards for your designs/work related to design?

Yes, 1st Place in Eveningwear at Fashion Group International's Career Day Competition, 1st Place Vitamin Water Uncapped Dallas, 2nd Place Scion Driving Fashion, Best of Show Fashion Group International Career Day Competition, Most Creative at UNT's ARTWEAR competition.

Strengths as a designer?

I am able to execute my vision as a designer with superb quality and knowledge of textiles.

Weaknesses as a designer?

As a designer I sometimes procrastinate until I feel inspired, but under pressure I feel that I am the most creative.

What are your influences?

In the past I was influenced by dark imagery, fantasy art, and spirituality, and now it is a mix that includes street culture, androgyny, fine textiles, and prints.

What's playing on your iPod when you're designing?

It's a mix of dance music and queen-y music, Christina, Beyonce, Rihanna, Gaga, Kylie Minogue, Robyn, RiRi, Iggy Azalea, Azalea Banks, Kelis. Booty-poppin' hip-hop, Drake, and Spanish/Latin pop, plsu some Belinda and Paulina Rubio.

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

Double wool crepe.

Item you're most proud of designing?

A jacket made out of silk gazaar and silk organza with over 100 pieces of puzzled seams and piping on each seam.

Favorite designer(s)?

Chado Ralph Rucci, Alexander McQueen, Cristobal Balenciaga.

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Where does he live? Find out here.

Age: ∼31 years old
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Current Residence: Dallas, TX

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