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Joseph Poli in "Project Runway 2015"
Joseph Poli Project Runway 2015
Joseph Poli from "Project Runway 2015" is one of the contestants in Season 14 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. He is a 36-year-old designer from Las Vegas, Nevada. He was raised though in Imperial Beach, California.

After growing up in his grandparents' home, Joseph Poli's aesthetic was heavily influenced by the 1940s and 1950s. At the age of 28, Joseph returned to school, getting his Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in Women's Fashion Design. Joseph would love to design airline uniforms and perhaps recreate the idea of woman's suiting. Naturally, the tailored, sophisticated silhouettes of the 40s and 50s inform his designs and his current job as a ready to wear expert at Louis Vuitton.

Why will he win? Joseph designs for a woman who believes in glamour and has no intention of dumbing down designs or creating cheaper versions. John Paul Gaultier once told him that he was a "great eye" and he has been unstoppable ever since.

Joseph's style icon is Wallace Simpson, while his favorite designers are Vivienne Westwood, Balenciaga, Dior, and Oscar de la Renta. Joseph's favorite past "Project Runway" designer is Christian Siriano.

Here is an interview with Joseph:

When did you realize you had designer potential?

When I was about 28, I decided to return to school to achieve my design degree.

Strengths as a designer? 

Silhouette, fit and tailoring.

Weaknesses as a designer?

Use of volume and color.

Biggest fear as a designer?

Having no client base.

How did you end up auditioning for "Project Runway"? 

I felt it was time to try out — everyone was pressuring me.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

The Rainway.

Challenge you hope they don't?


What's your take on team challenges?

I have mixed feelings. Sometimes it's better to do it alone.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

I do! I will give it my all and bring the best of me to the table.

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Where does Joseph Poli live? Find out here.

Age: ∼37 years old
Full Name / Real Name: Joseph Charles Poli
Hometown: Imperial Beach, CA
Current Residence: Las Vegas, NV

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