Canadian Designer Angela Sum Featured on Project Runway

This season of the American fashion design competition show, Project Runway, features a Canadian contestant. Designer Angela Sum, who grew up in Toronto, studied at the University of Waterloo, and has been doing fashion on the side for years, is one of the designer battling it out to become this years winner of the hit reality show. Angela-sum-Project-Runway The new season premiered two weeks ago and with two episodes already shown, the new season is off and running but we will have to wait to find out what happens to the hometown designer as the show’s new season is only available on the US channel Lifetime. The Project Runway site interviewed Angela Sum and here are some snippets from the interview: Q: When did you realize you had designer potential? A: I always knew I was visually creative since I was young. It was the one thing I did not struggle with. I won numerous art awards growing up (I recall one of my art teachers got mad at me when she found out I was going into computer engineering instead). I wanted to be a designer since grade school, but I didn’t pursue it until I was 20. But even then, that was on my own. It was only when I showed my portfolio for a FIT entrance interview in 2008 and got great feedback and encouragement that I knew I really I had potential. Q: Current occupation? A: Computer Engineer/Programmer. Just recently left a job doing technical work for an investment bank. Q: What’s your design training/schooling, etc.? A: I took miscellaneous courses at night when I could in Toronto during my computer internship semesters at Humber College and Ryerson University. But mainly I learned on my own through my own projects to start. When I moved to NYC, I started taking night classes at FIT. In 2009, I enrolled at FIT full time, for a one-year accelerated fashion design associates degree. Q: Favorite designer(s)? A: Stella McCartney, Rick Owens, Alexander McQueen. Q: How did you end up auditioning for PR? A: I always had an excuse with work, but now that I’ve resigned after relocating, hubby encouraged me to just go for it. I auditioned once right after finishing FIT. I was hoping for a reason not to go back to computers/finance, before my student visa was up. I did not know how to represent myself at all and brought a mess of things. Q: Describe your family. A: We were an Asian immigrant family, so there were definitely challenges. My mom has worked in garment manufacturing factories all her life. It’s very hard manual labor. I got my work ethic from my mom. While my mom worked hard to make sure our necessities were met, finances at home were still tight, and I learned to support myself financially growing up. So I was very practical and independent in my teens. You can read the full interview on the Lifetime website by clicking here and you can follow Angela on social media via here Twitter page @byangelasum, her Facebook page, and her website at   Image and front page image:

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