Patricia Michaels from "Project Runway" is one of the contestants in Season 11 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. She is a 46-year-old designer from Taos, New Mexico.

As the first Native American to appear on "Project Runway," Patricia Michaels' mission is to ensure that her history and culture is seen through her designs, infusing them with elements from the natural world. Though her aesthetic is not in the mainstream media, she wants to change the way Native Americans are portrayed.

Patricia learned to sew by watching her mother and went on to attend the Chicago Art Institute and the Institute of American Indian Arts. She's worked in the Santa Fe Opera House costume department doing hand sewing, and in 2010 she became the first Native American fashion designer to show at The Loft at The Bryant Park Hotel. She designs full-time for her label, PM Waterlily. This season's inspiration — trees — is about being grounded, being as strong as they are throughout life's changes. Everything is rooted to endure our surroundings; her collection's strength is derived from her culture and nature, and its relation to modern design.

Patricia will win because no one else can do what she can do — she can create a garment from the drape and pattern to the fabrication and design. Also, her garments have meaning behind them; they come from a very old culture but she is bringing them into a very contemporary realm.

Michaels' favorite designers are Tom Ford, Prada, Diesel, Balenciaga, Coco Channel, Etro, Alexander McQueen, Diane von Furstenberg and Stella McCartney. Michaels' favorite past contestant is Mondo Guerra, while her style icons are Debbie Harry, Anna Wintour, Audrey Hepburn, Madonna, Angelina Jolie, Grace Kelly and Catherine Zeta-Jones.




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Age: ∼50 years old
Hometown: Taos, NM
Current Residence: Taos, NM


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