Beau Takapu
37, Auckland
Retail store sales

Growing up in San Francisco, Beau felt like something was missing in his design aesthetic. He decided to make a change and move to New Zealand to get closer to his Tongan roots.

Beau may seem sweet and kind, but don’t mistake that kindness for weakness—he is here to win. Throughout the filming of Project Runway, Beau was also planning his wedding with his partner!

Why did you apply for Project Runway?

I was really enticed by the challenges the show provided, and the opportunity that could arise from it for my design passion.

How would you describe your personal style and your design aesthetic?

Classic, modern and clean, but never shy of embellishments or unique eye-catching detail.

What kind of challenge are you looking forward to most?

I’m looking forward to all the challenges that I get to dive into. Ultimately, I want to test my skills and push my boundaries!

What was the first garment you ever made?

When I was age 11, I was a part of the Glee Club (yes, I am also a performer). Long story short, one of the themes was “clowns” and we needed an outfit. Determined to make something uniquely Beau, I took my mother’s bed sheets, layered them on top of my own clothing, cut around them, and managed to sew together a jumpsuit - of course embellished with the finest glue and blue glitter I could find. Still to this day, I still wish I had kept it.

What is your point of difference as a designer?

I like to fuse my South Pacific heritage and background into my modern and classic designs.