Designing Woman

Win a one-of-a-kind dress from Irina's Spring 2010 collection!

Take a look at the Project Runway winner's designs and workroom. Plus, read what Irina told us about the first time she met Tim Gunn, her infamous runway accusation, and what she thinks about her haters.

January 7, 2010 1:30 PM
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Irina Shabayeva

"So many women are afraid of the bitch word, but you've got to go for what you want. It's not going to be handed to you."

ON HEMPHILL: Shoes, $890, Barbara Bui; dress & hat, Irina Shabayeva.

ON SHABAYEVA: Top, $96, Kain; leggings, $265, Helmut Lang; shoes, $1095, Barbara Bui; scarf, Irina Shabayeva.
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Irina Shabayeva

"I am fascinated with flight! Planes, birds, butterflies — I love the freedom that they symbolize." -Irina
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Irina Shabayeva

"I always want things to look luxe, so my biggest challenge was stretching the $9000 we'd been given to make it seem like I'd spent $20,000." -Irina
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Irina Shabayeva

Top, $96, Kain; leggings, $265, Helmut Lang; scarf, Irina Shabayeva.
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Irina Shabayeva

"I love this sketch. I have a special affinity for lingerie; nothing makes a woman feel more beautiful." -Irina
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Irina Shabayeva

"I wore this mask for Halloween. I like mystery and anonymity. It's the only way people won't be prejudiced when meeting you." -Irina
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Irina Shabayeva

"The workroom was always tense, but then Kalyn would come in all smiles, and I was like, 'I want to live in your world!' She gave me a sense of relief and hope." -Irina

ON HEMPHILL: Top, skirt & boots, Irina Shabayeva. ON SHABAYEVA: Top, $96, Kain; leggings, $265, Helmut Lang; necklace, $175, 3.1 Phillip Lim; bracelet, $48, Hayden-Harnett; ring, Shabayeva's own.
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Irina Shabayeva

"I research everything on YouTube, like how to crochet a flower or knit a certain stitch. For my collection, I YouTube'd how to make hand-blocked felt hats, then made each one." -Irina

Shoes, $900, Krisvanassche; wrap, top, pants, hat & handbag, Irina Shabayeva.
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Irina Shabayeva

"I'm a big collector of interesting random items." -Irina
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Irina Shabayeva

"I wanted to send a message that it's OK to be a woman and be fragile, but it's also OK to have a layer of armor, because you need it." -Irina
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