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
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.
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.
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.
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.