CHLOE DAO and her year
March 20, 2007
This is Chloe Dao’s lucky year. Being born a Boar, Chloe’s destined to succeed beyond her goals in the year marked for great wealth and social status. But it didn’t start out that way.
Chloe didn’t have connections when she landed in New York City, but she did rack up six years of hands-on experience on NYC’s Seventh Avenue. In 2000, Chloe, who is Vietnamese American, returned home to Houston, Texas, and pooled enough cash to start Lot8 boutique. Then, she won the hearts of viewers and castmates by landing the prize for Season 2 of Project Runway.
I bumped into former Parsons School of Design chair Tim Gunn on the red carpet last year, and the dapper Project Runway den father was still reeling over Chloe Dao’s win. “She’s an incredibly talented young woman,” Tim said, gushing over the “leaf gown” that Chloe finished literally seconds before judging, “and she really astounded everyone on set with her great patience, but even greater determination. In this business, it takes hard work to succeed, not just a big personality.”
“I’ve always loved fashion,” Chloe said, decked out in a black cocktail dress of her own design at the 2006 Vietnamese American National Gala. “It’s really about just showing who you are, and doing it well.” Chloe recently added men’s designer Adam Vuong, and his line, Adam’s Apple, to her boutique collection.