Glam and Graffiti Interview
Faith Pongracz, Designer, Faith n’ Khaos
GG: How old were you when you first started designing? What was your first piece?
My mom says I started sketching dresses at the age of 3. For as long as I can remember I’ve always customized my own clothes and accessories. I never wanted to look like anyone else. My 1st original piece was a hat that I deconstructed from other hats adorned with scrap fabric. I used metal hardware, recycled bottle caps, and my moms vintage 80’s sequin patches.
GG: That’s really unique. Where did you study design?
I attended The Art Institute of Pittsburgh and majored in Commercial/Fashion photography. After graduation I moved to NYC and my love for fashion grew. I studied fashion design at Parsons School of Design.
GG: What has been the most exciting moment in your career thus far?
I have to say showcasing my Frozen Flesh Collection at this year’s opening night of Pittsburgh Fashion Week. It means the world to me to have my family close by to see the process of designing a collection from beginning to end. Its very exciting to be able to show my craft in my hometown and it being so well received by the public.
GG: Where do you see Faith n’ Khaos in 3 years?
My goal is have an established studio space in Brooklyn where I can fully immerse myself in my design world. I also want to develop the space more like a Warhol factory atmosphere where my clients can be apart of the design experience and maybe even create with me.
GG: What advice do you have for a young designer?
My advice is to design what you love and stay true to yourself. Don’t chase after trends, fame or money it won’t get you far. Always be passionate and design from your heart and soul.
“Always be passionate and design from your heart and soul.”
- Faith Pongracz
GG: What do you recommend to students interested in breaking into the fashion industry?
Be prepared to work hard because success in this industry doesn’t happen over night. Also, I think its important to really educate yourself and be loyal to your craft.
GG: What was your inspiration behind your Eco-Chic, Frozen Flesh Collection that premiered at Pittsburgh Fashion Week?
My inspiration for the ‘Frozen Flesh’ collection was fueled by the ideas of decay, distress and consumption in our society. I reflected those themes through the choice of colors, textures, and objects used throughout the line.
‘Beauty is in the breakdown’ was a phrase echoing in my mind while creating…
… How this ties in with Eco design I think is making smart choices on how to give back with everything we take from the planet. Which inspired me to re-purpose what most people would consider trash…packing material, shopping bags, mylar birthday balloons, and rusted car parts. It’s very important to me to always keep true to my brand, pulling inspiration from polar opposites and finding the beauty in the chaos. Designing each accessory as the most imperfect perfect accent for your own individual look. Faith n’ Khaos is an uncommon lifestyle of edgy sophistication.
Designer Faith Pongracz in the GG Streetlight:
Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA
The perfect Friday night would include these three things…1. Great movie 2.Comfort food 3. My cat Beau Beau
My role model is … my parents.
Favorite place to get lost: my own world. Fn’K.
When I was growing-up I always wanted to be a… fashion designer
The artist on repeat on my iPod right now is… Melody Joy. My muse and partner in crime.
The go-to item in my closet is… tye-dye Rachel Roy cardigan & Jeffery Campbell Litas.
I live by the quote… “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, love like you’ll never be hurt, sing like there’s nobody listening, and live like it’s heaven on earth. And speak from the heart to be heard.” William W. Purkey