Mitchell Perry from "Project Runway 2014" is one of the contestants in Season 13 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. He is a 25-year-old designer who is currently living in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, but is originally from Jacksonville, Florida.

Here is an interview with Mitchell Perry:

Describe your family:

We are a complex family full of simple, humble people, but certainly unconventional.

Current occupation?

I actually quit my job to do "Project Runway," so I am currently jobless.

Past jobs?

I was working as a fashion designer for a small company in Miami; however, I left that job for "Project Runway." Prior to that job I was working as a technical fashion designer for a local company. I had a love-hate relationship with that job. I also am a food server and trainer for the Cheesecake Factory. I have been with the company for a little over four years. I worked for two years with the school I attended as a teacher's assistant and lab monitor. I also was a lifeguard for the City of Jacksonville for four years. I taught swimming lessons, coached swimming, and managed a pool.


I don't have any pets, but my neighbor and I feed a stray cat. I named him Thomas Panther. He's very nice.


People call me Mitch Bitch. I guess I can be a little bitchy some times, sorry about it. Also, and I love this one, Bianca! My friends at the restaurant call me Bianca when I have diva moments.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

I used to shelter myself in my room to separate myself from my terrible home life and play fantasy video games all the time. As I got older, I found myself drawing new costumes for the characters, and I would even sometimes make up my own characters for the game and design their looks. I was always a "doodler." I doodled on everything. One day my roommate caught me by the lake drawing and looked through my sketches. She mentioned that I needed to learn how to make the pieces I was drawing, because she thought they were great and she would wear some of them. I looked into the idea of making clothes on my own time. After my research, everything happened so quickly, and before I even realized what I was getting into, my friends were throwing me a going away party. I was a quick and dedicated learner, and my professors mentioned that I really had a skill that they hadn't seen in a while, and that they were happy to get someone like me as a student, that my kind are far and few between. I knew I was designer material after a few sewing lessons and a couple of positive comments by the staff teaching me.

First garment you ever made?

The first garment I ever made was for a class project. It was a leather bustier with three layers of polyester organza as a skirt. I actually really loved that dress!

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

I studied fashion design at The Art Institutes of Fort Lauderdale and received a Bachelors degree in my program. My first sewing teacher (Juanita Alcena) can tell you the exact machine I used in her class and that I broke 9 needles my first day. I was a mess!

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

Yes, I have. I won the Best Graduate Portfolio of my class; I won the Future Designer Award; I won the Highest Achievement Award of my graduating class; I won a design competition in Boca voted by the general audience and was featured in The Boca Observer as being a designer to look out for, and I also received a window display at Saks 5th Avenue in Palm Beach for my designs.

Strengths as a designer?

My strengths as a designer are in my ability to conceptualize and come up with fun, interesting ideas. I am a very strong and effective communicator, and I can work with people very easily, and that can be translated into my work when having to work for people and not just myself.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Sometimes I get a little caught up in figuring out how to finish a piece, so my finishes could be polished up a bit.

What are your influences?

My influences are my past experiences. I just know that I have to work hard and be happy in life. As far as aesthetic influences, I used to love Marchesa and Vera Wang (still do) because they are so fantastical and amazing, but I've recently been inspired by designers like Peter Pilotto, Mary Katrantzou, the Alice and Olivia line, and Roberto Cavalli.

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

OH, I LOVE MUSIC! It's my happy place. I'm listening to Ed Sheeran, Lorde, Taylor Swift, One Republic, Barcelona, Lydia, The Fray, Lifehouse, Daughtry, Coldplay, Andrew Belle, Ellie Goulding, Dragonette, and many others.

Favorite material or fabric to work with?

I make my own prints — they essentially are my fabrics — but the actual fabrics I like are chiffons, knits, and silky satins.

Item you're most proud of designing?

I am most proud of the dress that made it into the window of Saks 5th Avenue in Palm Beach. It was a dress made out of their shopping bags and tissue paper. It was raw and edgy yet ethereal and romantic. I loved that dress.

Favorite designer(s)?

Mary Katrantzou, Peter Pilotto, Georgina Chapman, Vera Wang, Cavalli.

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Where does he live? Find out here.

Age: ∼28 years old
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Current Residence: Fort Lauderdale, FL

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