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I always like looking behind the scenes to find out how a designer, crafter, or artist works. With this CRAFT Video Podcast, we go behind the scenes with Project Runway Season 2 Winner and fashion designer, Chloe Dao. Chloe’s boutique and brand Lot 8 in Houston is quite the shopping destination. She designs most of the clothing in her boutique and works hands on throughout the production process from cutting all the fabric and more. We got a chance to be the first to see Chloe’s new design studio where she shows us the designs and clothing for her new upcoming wholesale line. Can you believe she used to work in her mom’s kitchen and dining room? She was gracious enough to be filmed in her sweats and no makeup, since she and her employees had just completed the Houston AIDS walk that morning. Look for a feature on fashion designer Chloe Dao in a future issue of CRAFT magazine!
With me on the video shoot is Diana Eng fashion designer and Project Runway Season 2 contestant, who you may hear giggle in the background. You can see more photos of our visit in my Flickr set.
Chloe’s tip on pressing is an important one. Here’s a Threads video that shows you the best pressing techniques to make your garments look more finished and professional.
This was dress featured in Chloe’s runway show for Project Runway (Fall 2006) and is prominently placed in her boutique. Another version of the dress is also displayed in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C.