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I sit down with Amanda Valentine in her sunny home studio just a few days before Project Runway’s season premiere airs. Tucked downstairs in her Germantown condo, the space is both busy and tidy—a palette of inspiration and raw material. Shelves of neatly folded fabrics and bins of beads line one side of the room, and what wall space remains is tacked with patterns and swatches. One work in progress—a statement necklace constructed of matte, gold pop-tabs—hangs on a dress form, awaiting completion. A 31-year-old native of Lincoln, Nebraska, Amanda moved to Nashville about seven years

ago from L.A., where she earned her chops as a wardrobe stylist. Over the past several years, the edgy garments she’s brought to life under the name Valentine Valentine have earned her a rep as a rising star in Nashville’s indie fashion community, and she’s showcased her designs at Nashville Fashion Week since its start in 2011. At last year’s show, she turned heads with a collection she dubbed “French Medieval Fly Girl”—think patchworked combinations of hologram material and quilted black fabric; think metallics meet dewy forest green. Now, after a year running the reality TV gauntlet, she’s playing catch-up, digging back into her career as a stylist while ramping up her own designs.

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Native | March 2013 | Nashville, TN  

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