FSW Conversations 9: Kate Pankoke of Elaya Vaughn

FSW chats with designer Kate Pankoke about life after Project Runway, what it is like to run a fashion brand from Buenos Aires, and the allure of sexy Amish.

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In Episode 9 of FSW Conversations, Jessica Quillin speaks with Kate Pankoke, the designer and owner of luxury bridal, evening wear, and accessories line Elaya Vaughn.

A Project Runway All-Star and award-winning designer, Kate’s designs for Elaya Vaughn are frequently worn by major celebrities and featured at red-carpet events and galas, including the Oscars. A Florida native, Kate currently resides in Buenos Aires with her husband and two young daughters.

In this episode, Kate discusses her career in fashion and how her life has changed since appearing on Project Runway. She explains how she got started in fashion and came to discover her aesthetic. Kate also reflects on the joys of motherhood and seeing her daughters discover their style. Ultimately, she offers realistic insights for designers, particularly those early in their careers.

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