PRS8: Meet McKell Maddox and Michael Drummond
Birthplace/Hometown: Brigham City, UT
Current Home: Layton, UT
Favorite Designers: Coco Chanel, Jean Paul Gaultier
Style Icon: Kate Moss
What is a fashion must? A really nice pair of jeans!
What are your strengths as a designer? My passion for designing, and seeing the finished product with shoes, accessories, hair.
What’s influenced your designs over the years? Everything I surround myself with, so my aesthetic is always evolving.
What fashion faux pas drives you crazy? Capri pants.
Project Runway challenge you wish they’d bring back for your season? The Levi challenge.
Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: Seth Aaron Henderson, Season 7. He was just such a good person, and his runway show was amazing!
The married mother of a baby girl realized her design potential in college at The Academy of Art University in San Francisco where she continually received positive feedback on her work. Influenced by her surroundings, McKell’s designs are ever-changing as her aesthetic evolves as she moves from place to place. Laid back in nature, McKell made the cut to be on the show on her very first time auditioning which indicates her level of talent and passion for designing.
McKell is able to see the finished product for her designs, including shoes, accessories and hair which is vital in making a look standout on the catwalk.
Here’s hoping we don’t hear about how much she misses her baby every ten minutes.
Birthplace/Hometown: St. Louis, MO
Current Home: St. Louis, MO
Favorite designer(s)? Issey Miyake, Alexander McQueen (R.I.P.), and Viktor & Rolf.
What is a fashion must? Fashion is a must, unless you want to be naked.
What are your strengths as a designer? I keep an open mind and I do not give up.
What’s influenced your designs over the years? Everything from songs to dead bugs to diseases and fables. Also architects and architecture.
What fashion faux pas drives you crazy? I don’t like baseball jerseys.
What celebrity would you like to design for? Bjork. A really tacky dress like a waterfall with swans diving in it to get fish.
Project Runway challenge you hope they bring back for your season? The ”dress a drag queen” one.
Favorite designer from past seasons of Project Runway? I’m not saying.
Michael attended half a semester at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, studying knitwear design, but quickly dropped out and went at the design process on his own. He purchased a “prehistoric” knitting machine from a yarn shop but it took him two years before he made a dress that could actually be worn. The dress ended up in the hands of a professor at Washington University who later hired Michael to design garments for many dance and theater shows. Michael also designed for Skif International and worked for The Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Primarily a knitwear designer, Michael finds inspiration from architects, buildings and bones.
Why he’ll win?
Michael keep an open mind and doesn’t give up. He is also driven to succeed by his desire to make a social impact through his work.
More info on McKell Maddox and Michael Drummond at myLifetime.com.