Project Rami, Part One

Before Rami Kashou became known as the swellegant guy with impeccable taste on the latest installment of Project Runway, he was the swellegant guy with impeccable taste from L.A.’s burgeoning Fashion–with a capital F–community. We first connected when he was staging his debut presentation inside a Deco apartment high-rise off old Wilshire, and I’d just jumped into the driver’s seat at the west coast bureau of Women’s Wear Daily.
Admittedly, season four of the hit Bravo show has me riveted (thank the gods for TiVo), in part because several of the contestants—Elisa Jimenez, Sweet P, Rami—are designers I chronicled in the early days. I caught up with Rami to learn more about his reasons for joining the fashion circus and his run-up to Project Runway.
RA: You were born and grew up in the West Bank of Jerusalem. What was your childhood like, and how did it contribute to your wanting to become a fashion designer?
RK: I had a difficult childhood growing up. My mother’s passing when I was 5 years old had a big impact on me. Yet, it also encouraged me to mature very quickly. I also grew up in a
politically tangled and complicated environment where there weren't many outlets for me to express myself–all which led me closer to my dream. I would simply imagine and escape the bitter reality of an Occupation and the passing of my mother by sketching and dreaming of beautiful clothes.

RA: You were only 18 when you picked up and relocated to Los Angeles. Why then?

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