The Marriage of Boba Fett and Strawberry Shortcake: Fashion designer Tina Berger-Everroad meets Marcel Proust
In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our twelve designers will be featured here with their responses to the infamous Proust Questionnaire. Marcel Proust (1871-1922), French novelist, critic and essayist, believed that people must know and understand themselves before they can know or understand others. His clever and insightful answers to a list of subjective questions (a popular social entertainment at the time) illustrate how the questionnaire helps reveal to people their true selves and the inner personalities of those around them.
With a background in costume design, Tina loves contrasts and combines vintage aesthetics and Victorian era clothing with modern fabrics like vinyl and rubber. Her signature details include tarnished metal accents, black and white stripes and clothing that makes sounds. She loves to adapt vintage patterns to styles that are more easily worn today. Tina is also a DJ and likes making original outfits for the dance club.
Tina waves her freak flag while answering the Proust Questionnaire:
What is your greatest fear?
Dark water and sociopaths.
What is your current state of mind?
Excited and hopeful, but stressed out.
What is your favorite occupation?
Love designing clothing and DJing.
What historical figure do you most identify with?
Which living person do you most admire?
After my husband, then Cyndi Lauper. One of my Barbies was named after Cyndi and the whole family of dolls had the last name Lauper. She has the most creative fashion sense around -- and was my first inspiration to do fashion design..
Who is your favorite fictional hero?
Boba Fett (hence my fashion label and DJ name), Maleficent -- because she is badass and beautifully evil, and Strawberry Shortcake because she made me want to have fruity scented and colored hair all the time.
What is your most treasured possession?
My collection of Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab perfume oils. I stopped counting my bottles after I reached the 1000-marker.
When and where were you happiest?
My first moments in London on my first trip there. It was the most distinct feeling of "home" I have ever felt.
What is your most obvious characteristic?
Quirkiness maybe? I don't think I have a "normal" cell in my body. If you mean physical characteristic I'd say my colorful hair or height.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Indecisiveness. No, procrastination. Can I answer this later?
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Lying. It usually encompasses so many other bad traits: cowardice, weakness, being untrustworthy, being fake.
What is your greatest extravagance?
What do you most dislike about your appearance?
I broke my nose many years ago, so the little bump on the ridge of my nose.
What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?
On what occasion do you lie?
Only little white lies to spare someone's feelings.
Which words or phrases do you most over-use?
Random. Shenanigans. Chicken. Favorite. And words I really shouldn't write here.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
My blind trust in people.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Marrying my husband and being absolutely joyful.
What is the quality you most admire in a man?
What is the quality you most admire in a woman?
What do you value most in your friends?
How would you like to die?
If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be?
I'd be a cat of some sort.
If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose?
Slave1, Boba Fett's ship.
What is your motto?
“You have enemies? Good. That means you've stood up for something, sometime in your life." -Winston Churchill
Who has been the greatest influence on you?
Tina Berger-Everroad and ten Denver designer's show their collections at Frock Out, November 18, Tickets and info.
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