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Jeremy Brandrick from "Project Runway" is one of the contestants in Season 12 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. He is a 41-year-old designer who is currently living in New York City but grew up in Birmingham, England.

Here is an interview with Jeremy Brandrick:

Describe your family:

2 gay men with kids via surrogacy. Very close extended family whom we see as often as possible, but distance from them can be a problem!

Current occupation?

I have worked at super
Jeremy Brandrick in "Project Runway 12"
Jeremy Brandrick Project Runway 12
and less super companies, but it has all been fun! Oh but I also worked in clothes shops and shoe shops as well as waitering and bartending whilst putting myself through college.


None now. I did have a mother-and-son cat and kitten called Chanel and Fendi when I was younger, as I loved the idea of shouting their names down the garden when it was time for them to come home to sleep.


None really. Jem is a family nickname. I introduced myself as Jerry for a few years when I hated the name Jeremy, but I'm over that now.

When did you realize you had designer potential?

At high school. I knew my math and physics were no good for architecture, which was my 1st love, so I decided to do a course in interior design instead. That was sooooo boring, and I made a lot of friends on the fashion course and it seemed so much fun that I decided to swap, so did so at age 17 and have never done anything else.

First garment you ever made?

OMG, that is a long time ago! For my 1st ever college interview I "customized" a few things in a really bad way, but the one thing I do remember designing was a swimsuit with chiffon fish hanging off the legs and huge puffy sleeves! Thankfully, no sketch exists…

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

As good as it can get. The best college in the world for my Masters, Central Saint Martins in London, the only college to show during London Fashion Week, brilliant tutors for my initial start in fashion as well as my Masters, then a career that has taken me truly global. I have worked for Dolce and Gabbana in Milan, was head of Menswear at Mulberry, ran 1/3 of the Marks and Spencer business in the U.K. and many things in the U.S., celebrity brands and so on. It has been an amazing ride so far.

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

Yes, at college I won a competition to design outfits for the Olympic committee in England. They were made by the U.K.'s biggest retailer, which I oversaw, and I won a trip to Milan.

Strengths as a designer?

I have good technical skills and the ability to solve problems. I am also a really good, versatile designer!

Weaknesses as a designer?

I like perfection in everything that I do and am disappointed when something doesn't quite look how I imagined it to be.

What are your influences?

I love photography but especially American photography from the '50s to the early '90s, people like Nan Goldin, Larry Clarke, Robert Mapplethorpe, etc., more reportage and photographing the seedier underbelly of life as opposed to the slick, polished side. Then I make it slick and polished and modern. I also love architecture and street culture.

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

A really broad range: Snow Patrol, Rihanna, Eurythmics, Adele, "Glee"!

Item you're most proud of designing?

Any of my wedding gowns, items when I worked for big companies that sold hundreds of thousands of units. I'm not really vain like that. Everything comes from my fingertips, so I am proud of it all. My mom has gone up to people and told them I designed something that they were wearing, which is nice, and I have seen clothes I have designed in major Hollywood films too, which was a lovely surprise!

Favorite designer(s)?

Raf Simons, Dries Van Noten, Riccardo Tisci, Alber Elbaz, Karl Lagerfeld, some of the oldies like YSL (not what Slimane is doing now, which is rubbish), have always loved Dior.

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Age: ∼44 years old
Hometown: Birmingham, England, UK
Current Residence: New York, NY

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