Cartier Dior is collabing with us on upcoming DIYs!
Project Runway Junior, Season 2 designer Cartier Dior is going to be doing some guest DIYs for Fashion Club, in a new collaboration! We sat down with her to get to know her more. Plus, if you’re thinking about auditioning for the hit television series, she has some advice for you! Read on!
Tell us a little about yourself: My name is Cartier Dior and I am a 17 year old evening wear designer from Pocatello, Idaho. I started designing when I was 9, making dresses out of paper. Now, I combine conventional and unconventional elements in my designs. After graduating high school, I want to study fashion design. I also love linguistics, theatre, and my cats.
What are you passionate about? I am very passionate about telling a story through fashion design. I think that people tend to see fashion as “just clothes,” but it’s so much more than that. Fashion is its own brand of theatre, and you can say so much with it.
What inspires you? I am inspired by nature and art. My favorite part about living in Idaho is how much nature surrounds me. I’m greatly influenced by the flowers that I see when walking the trails near my house in the summer, and by the beautiful sunsets we get here. My last collection, Les Étoiles, was inspired by stars in the night sky, which is crystal clear where I live. I also take inspiration from artists like Van Gogh and Monet, and I paint some of my own fabrics with their influence.
Tell us a little about your experience as a designer on Project Runway Junior: Project Runway Junior was a life changing experience for me. Meeting Tim (who is even nicer in real life!) and the judges was incredible. Getting critiqued by such major players in the industry helped me to push my designs in a new and fresh direction. The best part about the show was the friends that I was able to make. For most of us, it was the first time we had met someone of the same age with similar interests, and we made friendships that will last a lifetime.
What was a favorite moment on the show? My favorite moment on the show was our first trip to Mood. It was a designer’s dream come true! Bolts of fabric of every colour, print, and texture stretched from floor to ceiling. The only other fabric stores I’d ever been to were the small store in my town and a boutique fabric shop in Salt Lake City, so having such a big selection was almost overwhelming.
Tell us about a challenging moment: The most challenging moment of the show was during the unconventional challenge, when my zipper wouldn’t work. I’d tried to put in the zipper a few times, but because the rose petals on the bodice made the fabric so thick, I couldn’t get it to zip up all the way. At the last minute with lots of help from Lucas, I managed to get it to zip up. It worked out in the end, but it was extremely stressful in the moment!
Do you have any advice for someone thinking about auditioning for Project Runway Junior? It sounds cheesy, but the best advice I can give is to be yourself! Being true to yourself and your designs will get you farther than you think. Also, if you don’t make it this year, apply again next year! I auditioned for the first season and didn’t make it, but I tried again for season two and was cast.
Can you give us a hint about upcoming projects you’ll be collabing with us on?! I am so excited to be working with Fashion Club to bring some fun DIYs! I want to do some tutorials that let fashionistas show their unique artistic flair through their clothes.
Anything else you’d like to share? Shameless self promo—my designs are available on cartierdior.com. I have some samples available there, and customer orders are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.