A Runway Exclusive Interview with

RM: What do you like best about your designs?

M: I get to express my individual visions.

RM: What is your most memorable experience while appearing on “The Fashion Show”?

M: I would say my most memorable experience on “The Fashion Show” was the Homage to the Designer challenge, where I was able to design a dress inspired by Madame Gres.

RM: What is your favorite item of clothing in your closet?

M: I would have to say that my favorite items in my closet are my hand-crafted jumpsuits and hats.

RM: Who is your favorite couture designer?

M: My favorite couture designer, I would have to say, is the incompatible Valentino.

RM: Who is your favorite ready-to-wear designer?

M: My favorite ready-to-wear designer is Diane von Furstenberg.

RM; Who are your influences?

M: My influences are my Grandmother, who made most of my clothes growing up, and Hollywood.

RM: Where did you learn to design clothing?

M: I learned design in Mexico City and Milan, Italy.

RM: What do you do for fun?

M: I like to take my daily swim at the local 24 Hour Fitness, and I love to dance!

RM: What can you tell “Runway” that the rest of the world doesn’t know?

M: That fashion is a land of fantasy, but in the end, it’s the biggest reality.

RM: Who is the first famous person you remember dying in your lifetime?

M: The first celebrity I remember dying is Eartha Kitt.

RM: What kind of music do you like to play during your runway shows?

M: I like to play Contemporary Opera.

RM: What famous person do other people tell you that you most resemble?

M: John Leguizamo

RM: What is your favorite movie?

M: My favorite movie would have to be “Funny Face”, with Audrey Hepburn.

RM: In your opinion, which designer has had the biggest impact on today’s retail world?

M: Christian Audigier with Ed Hardy Designs.