20 Questions with Vogue Patterns Designer Carlos Correa

Carlos Correa, Vogue Patterns designer

We admit it, we love those features where celebrities answer random questions about themselves. Since you’ve told us you like getting to know the people behind the brands, we thought we’d ask Vogue Patterns designer Carlos Correa to share a little bit about himself:

1. Where did you grow up? Bayamon, Puerto Rico

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Carlos at age 10 with his sister Elizabeth. “She was a huge influence on me as I was growing up. One of my most vivid memories from the 70’s was of her going out one night in a silk chiffon peasant dress à la YSL. She looked amazing.”

2. When did you realize you wanted to be a fashion designer? I grew up with four sisters and a mother who all sewed very well, so I was aware of clothing and fashion at a very early age. Somewhere around age 15 I realized what a fashion designer was and that this was something I could actually do for a living.

3. Where did you go to college? Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City.

4. When did you join the McCall Pattern Company? 1992. I was very young.

5. Can you and do you sew for yourself? Yes, I sew. My last project was V8842 parka and I took about three months to make it.

V8842 parka made by Carlos Correa, Vogue Patterns designer.
V8842 parka made by Carlos.

6. What item in your closet do you wear the most? My slim-fit pants from V8940.

7. Who are your favorite designers? Donna Karan and Ralph Rucci always inspire me.

8. What was your favorite vacation? I went to Iceland in 2008 and it was amazing. The country has an unspoiled natural beauty that you can’t find elsewhere. And Icelanders really respect their environment.

9. What is your favorite food? I could live on cookies and cakes. They call me the cookie monster here at work.

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Marlene Dietrich, favorite style icon.

10. Who is your style icon? Marlene Dietrich, because she was very daring and she knew her body and her style very well.

11. What’s your favorite pattern in the current Vogue Patterns collection? V9041 men’s jacket. It’s a modern take on a classic pea coat design. For women, V1419 coat by Ralph Rucci, because it’s modern and classic at the same time.

12. What’s your favorite store? Century 21 in NYC for the thrill of the hunt. They have everything and you can’t beat the discounts.

13. What brings you your greatest joy? A job well done.

Carlos on vacation in Iceland.
On vacation in Iceland.

14. What makes you laugh? Celebrities acting foolish.

15. What’s your favorite vintage clothing era? The 1930s-1940s. In the ’30s we saw a lot of pre-war experimentation in fashion that was almost daring for the day. In the ’40s with the big shoulder pads and tailored suits women’s style was assertive and confident, before ’50s style turned them into dainty things.

16. What’s your favorite TV show? Anything with Real Housewives. Doesn’t matter where the location is, I’ll watch it.

17. What’s the one thing you splurge on? Skin care. I love anything by Origins, especially their anti-aging products.

18. What’s your favorite thing about working and living in New York City? The incredible diversity of the city.

19. What are the last three things on your credit card? Wee-wee pads, dog food and a trip to the groomer, all for Bella, my 10-year-old Maltese.

20. What’s the best advice you’ve ever been given? “Silence is golden.” Sometimes it’s better to keep your cards close to your vest.

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  1. I just love him! Thanks for the interview! Because he’s been more visible on video and on craftsy, I’ve purchased more patterns than ever this last month. He’s an excellent spokesperson for Vogue and a fashion celebrity in his own right. And…his sister is absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to hear more from him in the future. He could probably sell me anything and I’d be a yes.

  2. 20 questions? Wow, that’s the more than your standard Q&A. Can’t wait to read the next one.

  3. So cool! Love seeing the faces behind the designs.

  4. I remember reading about Carlos in a Vogue Patterns magazine article a few years ago. I have been a fan and admirer ever since. I enjoyed the recent Vogue video and I hope we will hear more from him. Thank you for posting such a fun interview of this talented designer!

  5. Love it!

  6. Keep up the good work

  7. Truly when someone doesn’t understand afterward its up to other people
    that they will assist, so here it happens.

  8. Hey Carlos, I love your designs. Recently I found the Vogue pattern V1493 for the kimono Jacket. I am making it in the same yellow color but I am having a hard time finding any of the floral/leaf appliques. Even from scarves it is tough to find a nice pattern and color. I am making this jacket for my son’s wedding in July and I really think the appliques take this jacket to a whole new level of upscale gorgeous! If you have any idea where I can find chiffon fabric similar to the jacket I would really appreciate it. I have been scouring the internet to no avail… *sigh*

    1. Hi Wendy! V1493 is an excellent choice. Aside from chiffon prints, I would recommend looking at crepe de chine, charmeuse, voile and organza prints. Fabric.com, Moodfabrics.com would be good places to check out for floral prints. Let me assure you that although the floral appliqués are a lovely finishing touch, the jacket looks stunning without!

      1. Thanks so much Carlos for the great feedback. I actually found a hand painted scarf out of Bulgaria that a wonderful artist from there painted. This way I can make the jacket and use the scarf as an accent without doing the applique.

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