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Sandro Masmanidi from "Project Runway" is one of the contestants in Season 12 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. He is a 28-year-old designer who is currently living in New York City but grew up in Krasnodar, Russia.

Here is an interview with Sandro Masmanidi:

Describe your family:

Only child raised by divorced mother.

Past jobs?

Model, busboy, salesman, architectural draftsman, jewelry designer.

Nicknames?

Gypsy, given to me when I was modeling.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

Age 8.

First garment you ever made?

Dresses for Barbie doll.

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

University of Culture and Art, Moscow. Internships: Jean Charles de Castelbajac (Paris), Hanae Mori (Tokyo), Costume Department of Bolshoi Theater (Moscow), Oscar de la Renta (New York).

Strengths as a designer?

Handwork (beading, embroidery, applique, crochet), construction (boning, corsetry).

Weaknesses as a designer?

Slow and exacting, no experience with fur.

What are your influences?

Nature (birds, butterflies, insects, flowers), beauty and the aesthetics of a woman's body.

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

Ella Fitzgerald, Daft Punk, Sade, Tchaikovsky.

Item you're most proud of designing?

Crocheted jacket for Joan Rivers.

Favorite designer(s)?

Gianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani, Francesco Smalto.




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Where does Sandro Masmanidi live? Find out here.

Age: ∼31 years old
Nickname: Gypsy
Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia
Current Residence: New York, NY





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