Confidence Man: Fashion designer Jose Duran meets Marcel Proust

Fresh City Life asked fashion designer Jose Duran to answer our questionnaire and found out that Jose is very comfortable in his own skin.

In the weeks leading up to our fashion spectacle Frock Out, each of our eleven 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.

Jose’s interest in fashion has consumed all of his adult years.From his first job in 1989 at the custom design house of master tailor James Valimier in Denver, to his current freelance work as a patternmaker and CAD designer in NYC, fashion has dictated his direction. He enjoys creating sportswear oriented garments for both men and women, often incorporating costume-like detail. Made of natural fabrics, the garments range from fitted and tailored to casual and comfortable.

What is your greatest fear?


What is your current state of mind?

Relaxed- after a long weekend.

What is your favorite occupation?

Hanging out with friends and family.

What historical figure do you most identify with?

Rudi Gernreich.

Which living person do you most admire?

Walter Van Beirendonck.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Cherry Vanilla.

Who are your real-life heroes?

My mothers.

What is your most treasured possession?

A necklace given to me by a friend.

When and where were you happiest?

In Antwerp, 2003.

What is your most obvious characteristic?

My Anna Sui/Dee Dee Ramone inspired hair.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

My obsession with dreams and wishes.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Theological agathism.

What is your greatest extravagance?

Eating good food.

What is your favorite journey?

Steve Perry, of course.

What do you most dislike about your appearance?

My huge endowment.

What do you consider the most over-rated virtue?


On what occasion do you lie?

Anytime after 2am.

Which words or phrases do you most over-use?

Shut Up!

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

I would be faster.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?

Staying alive.

Where would you like to live?


What is the quality you most admire in a man?


What is the quality you most admire in a woman?


What is it you most dislike?

Rush hour traffic.

What do you value most in your friends?


How would you like to die?

In absentia.

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

The Ark of the Covenant.

Who has been the greatest influence on you?

My sister - Laura Paolicelli.

Jose Duran and ten other talented designers will make a big noise at Frock Out. Tickets and Info.

Written by Chris on November 3, 2010


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