Denver designer Mondo Guerra first endeared himself to an international audience in 2010 on Lifetime’s Project Runway season 8. His innovative style and bold designs have captured the imagination of the fashion world, while his courageous story has inspired global support surrounding his HIV/AIDS activism.
Mondo returned to television in January 2012 on the debut season of Project Runway All Stars as one of 13 Runway veterans competing to prove they still have what it takes to rock the runway. In March 2012, Mondo emerged victorious from All Stars, claiming one of the largest prize packages in Runway history--which includes an exclusive collection at Neiman Marcus available in 2013.
Mondo began his incredible journey in the fashion industry as a teenager, constructing a pair of green, faux-fur pants as his first garment. But the self-taught artist quickly moved beyond his humble beginnings. As his eclectic career developed, he secured positions such as a milliner’s apprentice, then a designer for a NYC junior wear company, and eventually a costume designer.
In addition to his remarkable success on Project Runway, audiences rallied in support of Mondo following the emotional disclosure of his HIV-positive status on the show. Since his courageous confession, Mondo has become vigorous advocate for HIV/AIDS awareness. Currently, Mondo has partnered with Merck for an upcoming HIV and AIDS education campaign which underscores the importance for people living with HIV to talk with their doctor about important goals of treatment.
SEE Eyewear and Mondo have collaborated to offer an exclusive collection at their optical boutiques available nationwide in 2013. Mondo resides in Denver where he continues to develop his brand and business.