Denver designer Armando “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 Project Runway All Stars, claiming one of the largest prize packages in Runwayhistory, including 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. The self-taught artist quickly moved beyond his humble beginnings, and 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/AIDS education campaign which underscores the importance for people living with HIV to talk with their doctor about important treatment goals.
SEE Eyewear and Mondo have collaborated to offer an exclusive collection at their optical boutiques available nationwide in 2013.
2017 will be Mondo’s fifth year as a Dining Out For Life spokesperson.
On World AIDS Day 2016 (December 1), Mondo will reveal a unique 360-degree video featuring designs he created representing all 62 of the current Dining Out For Life licensed AIDS Service Organizations. See the #Pozitvity page for more information, or visit the Dining Out For Life Facebook page.
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