Death by Kittens: Fashion designer Fallene Wells meets Marcel Proust

Fresh City Life asked Denver's elite fashion designer to answer the Proust questionnaire -- to see if we could get a peek at their Freudian slips.

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.

Fallene Wells started sewing and designing when she was 11 years old and in 2007 she debuted her first collection at Forever Darling, an annual fashion show she produces to promote up-and-coming local designers. As a designer, she is inspired by art, architecture, and especially nature and enjoys creating vintage-inspired clothing with a contemporary flair that is flattering and wearable. Her unique fashion line, Let Em Have It!, is coming to local boutiques in January 2011.

What is your current state of mind?

Frazzled, and thinking about all things related to circus or sideshow. I love to have a million things going on at a time, so I am thinking about my collection for Frock Out, new hair color ideas for my clients, marketing ideas and an upcoming trunk show I have at my new salon Voila.

What is your favorite occupation? 

I feel most in my element sketching out collections and designing -- sewing is a totally different story!   

What historical figure do you most identify with?

Coco Chanel; she was one of the first women to wear trousers, cut her hair and reject the corset

Which living person do you most admire? 

John Galliano. 

Who are your real-life heroes? 

When I first became interested in fashion I was very inspired by Betsy Johnson because she has such a playful personality and she is very unique. She always seemed to stay true to herself, and seemed to have such a good time on the runway. I get very inspired by people that are ambitious, driven and show a love for what they do.

What is your most treasured possession?

All of my pictures.

When and where were you happiest? 

Very happy at my wedding; it was the best day of my life.

What is your most obvious characteristic? 

I can tend to be a little over dramatic.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Laziness. Procrastination.

What is your greatest extravaganze?

My soon-to-be amazing Hollywood Glam-style sewing room. Another project I am super excited to work on!

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

I’m a little short, I would love if I could be like 3” taller. I think I might be missing a chin too.

What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?

Patience. There was a sign in Beauty School above the time clock, “Patience is a Virtue” I always thought it was such BS.

On what occasion do you lie? 

I really am a horrible liar so if I’m going to lie I guess it needs to be for a good thing.

Which words or phrases do you most over-use?

"Totally" -- people used to say I sounded like a Valley Girl.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

To not be so critical of my work and believe in my abilities.

What do you consider your greatest achievement? 

Organizing my own annual Fashion Show/ fundraiser, “Forever Darling” for 3 years. The last one was a huge undertaking with 10 featured designers and 15 or more designers in the market and a long list of sponsors. It was a very professional fashion event that I did without experience as an event planner. 

Where would you like to live? 

I think it could be cool to live somewhere in Europe.

What is the quality you most admire in a man?


What is the quality you most admire in a woman? 


What do you most value in your friends?

Positive energy.

How would you like to die?

Surrounded by a million kittens!

If you were to die and come back as a person or an animal, what do you think it would be?

A cat for sure, I have 4 and I realize they don’t feel guilty at all for being lazy and they always look cute.

If you could choose an object to come back as, what would you choose?

Definitely not a sewing machine. 

Fallene Wells joins eleven other talented designers for Frock Out. Tickets and Info.

Written by Chris on October 18, 2010

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