Since the re-launch of Project Runway in it’s return to Bravo, it’s showcased a new host, new judges, and several brand new crops of designers for us to root for.
On this season’s crop of designers, many of them are getting plenty of attention, with one of them being New Jersey based designer Tyler Neasloney. As he showcased his design aesthetic on the runway, he gave viewers and his fellow designers a glimpse of his life out of the workroom. He’s a married man, a part time drag performer, and a consistently working designer for others. While his words to Karlie Kloss during his final runway were what brought him to national attention, it’s his raw talent that is going to keep him there. I sat down his Neasloney as the remainder of the season played out, and we chatted about his work on the runway, his brand new capsule collection, and why throwing shade is crucial Project Runway!
Michael Cook: Right off the bat, how does the experience of Project Runway feel like, getting there and seeing the famed runway and meeting the judges? What surprised you the most?
MC: Take me back; when did you get into fashion design and know that it would be the passion you would follow?
MC: How would you describe your design aesthetic from your perspective?
MC: Your drag persona Kimberly Onassis is obviously a great influence. Tell me about what her fashion style is. Have you gotten more attention for your drag now after Project Runway? Any thoughts on hitting the Drag Race runway perhaps?
MC: Your fiancee Jake Hudnut has a very high profile job as the top Jersey City NJ prosecutor. What is it like for him sharing the limelight now? What is your favorite part of having someone to go home to that understands in your off-television life?
MC: The inevitable question; what you said to Karlie Kloss on the runway. What did you think as soon as it passed your lips? How do feel about it after watching it air and in hindsight?
MC: What have you learned the most about the entire experience? Would you return for a chance at an All Stars redemption?
MC: You already launched your own luggage line; what is next?
MC: What would the Tyler of today tell the Tyler that walked on the Project Runway set all those months ago?
Follow Tyler Neasloney @ https://tylerneasloney.com
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