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Helen Castillo from "Project Runway" is one of the contestants in Season 12 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. She is a 25-year-old designer who is currently living in Union City, New Jersey, but grew up in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Here is an interview with Helen Castillo:

Describe your family:

Living mother, father, half-sister, half-brother.

Past jobs?

Gallery NYC, Reebok NYC, hair salon assistant, outerwear designer, sportswear designer.


Two cats,
Helen Castillo in "Project Runway 12"
Helen Castillo Project Runway 12
Sookie Stackhouse and Pugsley Addams.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

Early teens.

First garment you ever made?

An awful Peter Pan collar dress that was part of my first sewing course.

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

Bachelor's degree in special occasion design (Fashion Institute of Technology).

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

Muuse.com features my designs for winning VoguexMuuse Young Talents 2013.

Strengths as a designer?

Couture sewing techniques.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Criticism for the way I look instead of acknowledging design strength.

What are your influences?

Organic repetition.

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

I'd rather work in silence.

Item you're most proud of designing?

My sister's wedding dress.

Favorite designer(s)?

Valentino, Riccardo Tisci, Vivienne Westwood.

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Where does Helen Castillo live? Find out here.

Age: ∼28 years old
Hometown: Weehawken, NJ
Current Residence: Union City, NJ

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