New York Times (blog)
For a Family Business, a Full-Time Cameo on ‘Project Runway’
New York Times (blog)
In 1976, he came to New York with his wife to work as a contractor — sewing for designers like Michael Kors, now a judge on the show. He moved quickly into dealing fabric wholesale, and, in the 1980s when domestic manufacturing dropped, selling retail …
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After a long court battle between NBC Universal (the parent company of Bravo) and the Weinstein Co., which produces the “Project Runway” series, season six of the show finally aired on Lifetime on August 20th and it was the top-rated premiere in Lifetime’s history.
Ratings were also up an amazing 32% over season five’s numbers, when the show still aired on Bravo, plus fans of the show can now view current and previous episodes on MyLifetime.com. The show has never been streamed online before since Bravo didn’t have the rights to stream full episodes.
The popularity of the show has spawned an abundance of branded products like sewing machines, kits, and sketchbooks, and the effect of the show has been tremendous for local fabric retailers and sewing classes. The entire industry has benefited from the upsurge in the popularity of sewing and fashion design as a hobby.
Be sure to watch episode three tonight on Lifetime. You could even enter the Project Runway giveaway where one lucky winner will receive a new outfit and one winner will receive a $100 American Express gift card. Hurry, the contest ends September 6th!
After a brief scare that the show might not be coming back, I’m happy to say that a new season of the hit show “Project Runway” will be starting this Thursday, August 20th. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and a whole new cast of designer wannabes will be moving from Bravo to Lifetime but the format appears to be the same with the winning designer reportedly (the show hasn’t announced the prizes yet) getting $100,000 to start their own clothing line, plus their designs will appear in Elle magazine.
If you’re new to “Project Runway”, it’s kind of like “American Idol” for fashion designers. Each week the contestants are given a design challenge and told to “make it work”! Tim Gunn, former fashion chair at Parson’s The New School for Design, currently works at Liz Claiborne and assists the designers with their weekly challenges on the show.
Once completed, the designs are modeled for Heidi Klum and the other judges, designer Michael Kors and Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia. The heart of the show, the judging stage always results in great entertainment and high drama. Quite often the designers are as interesting and colorful as their designs and the deliberation of the judges tends to bring out their artistic temperaments when one designer is asked to leave the show each week.
Check the local listings for your station and time, and be sure to tune in this week to pick your favorite designs!