Fäde Zu Grau from "Project Runway 2014" is one of the contestants in Season 13 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. He is a 45-year-old designer from Coral Gables, Florida.

Here is an interview with Fäde Zu Grau:

Describe your family:

Very supportive of all of my adventures throughout the years!

Current occupation?

Graphic designer in an advertising agency.

Past jobs?

I have been working since I was 17. I worked in East Germany as a book printer, in mail delivery and as a dispatcher in a hospital. Later in West Germany I worked as a house painter, vinyl plotter, and then finally as a graphic designer.

Pets?

Two cats are living with us: Zwei (means "two" in German because he was our second cat) and Done (she is named that way because we are "done" with cats now).

When did you realize you had designer potential?

Very early, maybe around the age of 10 ...

First garment you ever made?

Don't know about the first one, but I did a few ridiculous attempts around the age of 15.

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

Self-taught and naturally talented.

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

Yes, graphic design award from the Arts & Business Council of Miami in 2007 and a graphic design award from the Miami Art Museum in 2001.

Strengths as a designer?

Inventiveness.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Maybe time-management ...

What are your influences?

The street, past and present.

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

What I call "Provincetown Jazz" which is super lazy, mellow, instrumental jazz. A good example of an artist for that kind of genre would be Ben Webster.

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

Definitely cotton (organic and made in the U.S., if possible).

Item you're most proud of designing?

The bags I made without any knowledge about bag-making.

Favorite designer(s)?

Karl Lagerfeld.




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FACTS

Where does he live? Find out here.

Age: ∼47 years old
Hometown: Coral Gables, FL
Current Residence: Coral Gables, FL




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