Kimberly Goldson wants more Black designers

    After weeks of watching designers compete for the opportunity of a lifetime, Kimberly Goldson was one of four lucky finalists to show a collection during Fashion Week in New York. 

    Kimberly’s urban vision, complete with an evening gown, day looks and her signature tailored pant came to life on the runway as viewers watched her transformation from "Project Runway" wannabe to real-life designer.

    Although Kimberly did not win the title to become this year’s "Project Runway" winner, her fourth place finish allowed her the opportunity to win something equally as valuable…a chance to show her point of view and do what she calls “change the face of fashion.” 

    In Part 2 of her interview with Sister 2 Sister, Kimberly dishes on "Project Runway" and how she really feels about fashion.


    Kia: When did you realize you had the designer “bug?”

    Kimberly: Always! I didn’t realize I could parlay my love of fashion into a career until later. I have a Fashion Merchandising Management degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology (F.I.T.). I started my career behind the scenes in merchandise. I then got a job in Corporate America and was like—I’m fashion!  Four to five years ago I got a sewing machine and taught myself how to sew from the book that came with it.

    Kia: Speaking of bugs, the incident on the show when a roach entered the work room. Hilarious! Care to speak on it?
    Kimberly: [Laughs] It was coming toward me and my bag. It was huge and fast too! I don’t want them [roaches] around.

    Kia: Would you do "Project Runaway" again?  Is it what you thought it would be? 
    Kimberly: I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world but I don’t know if I would do it again. You go in fully aware of the grueling hours but the 1.5 hours you see on TV is nothing. 

    Kia: Tim Gunn said and I quote, “I was going to throw myself across the door of Parson’s if you were going home.” How did you feel when he said that to you? Are you Tim’s favorite?
    Kimberly: I was so emotional when he said that to me. I was so emotional; I was moved to tears. He didn’t want me to go home and it solidified to me at that moment that I am Tim Gunn’s favorite.

    Kia: What’s the most important thing you learned from Tim Gunn?
    Kimberly: Just trust your instinct! You can see me second guessing myself on the show and I learned to go with my first instinct.

    Kia: Who’s your favorite "Project Runway" designer?
    Kimberly: Christian Siriano. I love what he did on the show and I love what he has done with his career. He has been very inspirational to me. I own 2 to 3 pairs of shoes from his Payless line. He has really just taken this opportunity and run with it and that should be commended.

    Kia: Name your dream client – the person you would most love  to  dress.
    Kimberly: Our first lady, Michelle Obama, most definately. If I could  just get her in a pair of my pants.

    Kia: What advice would you give to our readers about pursing their dreams?
    Kimberly: If it’s something you are extremely passionate about, then really go after it. My pastor in Atlanta told me “if your dreams are not bigger than you then they are not big enough.”

    Kia: Your speech as to why you should be picked to show a collection at Fashion Week was so inspiring. What is it like to be a designer of color?

    Kimberly: We don’t have a great representation in fashion and its time for that to change! Even on "Project Runway," we haven’t had a [Black] winner.  We have a voice that needs to be heard. We are a fashion forward community and we deserve the respect to be at places such as Fashion Week. 

    Kia: Is there anything else you would like Sister 2 Sister readers to know about you?
    Kimberly: I was portrayed on the show as having a lot of loss in my family [my mother and brother]. I am not a woe-is-me person.  I kept it moving. I have always been a fighter. I want it to be understood I am a fighter! No pity parties for me.


    —Kia Jefferson



    Here’s more:
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