Chloe Dao is living proof that the American Dream still exists. Born in Laos to Vietnamese parents, the political climate in her homeland forced her family to emigrate when Chloe was only 7 years old. With money literally stuffed in their shoes, her parents managed to bring Chloe and her seven sisters to Houston, Texas to begin a new life.
After graduating from FIT and spending several years working in the industry in NYC, Chloe moved back to Houston and opened her own boutique, Lot 8, named in honor of her siblings. Chloe brought a formidable combination of experience and design talent to Season 2 of Project Runway. Although her stature is small, she packed more fashion sense per inch than any of her competitors. She clearly was a force to be reckoned with.
In Clothes Off Your Back, the 14 finalists were presented with an imposing challenge: How far would they be willing to go for fashion? After being wined and dined by Heidi, Tim delivers the shocking news. Using only the clothes off their backs, they were to create a new design. No one was wearing less than Chloe! With only a short jersey dress and a jacket at her disposal, she created a gorgeous halter dress with pockets. The design exemplified Chloe's aesthetic - minimal, modern shapes, clean lines and impeccable construction.
Chloe's showing in this episode helped define her run to the Final 3. She performed consistently challenge after challenge using her signature "Chloe Blue" and model Grace to their full potential. This dress garnered her first win on the show, and a spot on the BPR Top 5 Looks from Season 2. Congratulations Chloe!