UH degree: Studied fashion technology ’99–’04, Honolulu
Roots: The Philippines, Mililani High School
Career: Visual merchandiser and lead stylist in the kids division
Favorite color: Green
Favorite designer: Alexander McQueen
Fashion necessities: Pairs of expensive, great-fitting jeans and big sunglasses
Hobbies: Furniture hunting, shopping for clothes and shoes
Season 7 marked the second time Jay Nicolas Sario auditioned for the Lifetime Television show Project Runway. Called on his birthday with news that he was in, Sario screamed.
His Honolulu Community College Fashion Technology instructors aren’t surprised. They recognized early his passion, persistence, talent, creativity and ability to make do with the materials at hand.
Given the choice, Sario likes to work with wool, tweed, denim, leather—anything that can give structure, texture and three-dimensionality. Witness the tweedy skirt with flower-like ruffles at the hip that advanced him past the first round. So perhaps he was a natural to win the round two burlap-potato-bag-as-dress-material challenge Jan. 21.
His former professors fully expect him to survive more rounds, based in part on the collection he created for the 2004 Honolulu Community College fashion show. It was called Boyet, which is also his nickname (a cultural term of affection for the youngest male child), used by the extended family that is also rooting for his continued success on the Thursday night show.
If he wasn’t working for Gap Inc. in San Francisco, Sario says he would be a celebrity stylist with a vintage boutique in Los Angeles. He’d love to have his own line of exclusive designs for select clients. Given the chance, he’d dress Michelle Obama in a green strapless evening dress that flows beautifully from the hip down.
View Sario’s audition and casting tapes at his Project Runway bio page.