My friend and former coworker loaned me Season 1 of Project Runway. Years ago I had sworn off reality shows, not wanting to support the competitive nature in communities. (I made an exception for Heroes of Cosplay which was great background noise and inspiration for my own cosplay work, but even it has its flaws.) My friend is a fashion historian and textile curator and she said I would probably love PR, so I gave it a shot.
I never saw myself as a designer, at least not a fashion designer. Now, I am craving more creative adventure in my sewing and wardrobe.
The following outfits made an impression (unfortunately, this season is 13 years old and it is hard to find photos):
Ep 1: Innovation
Austin’s corn husk dress is brilliant. I really like the texture and details of the bodice front. This could be mimicked with some pleating or creative fabric manipulation.
Ep 2: Envy
Nora’s white gown with cut outs, wow. Even if the judges saw it as simplistic, I like that general concept.
Ep 3: Banana Republic
I really need to look up the art deco-inspired line at BR from last decade. That is the stuff I like, even if it is a dozen years ago.
Jay’s dress with angular bodice details caused my jaw to drop. I’d love to make something with that level of detail – sorry you can’t see it well in the photo.
Ep 4: Sarah Hudson
The leather vest that Jay’s team made for Sarah – 0_0
I really dig that kind of corset-like paneling.
Ep 5: Wedding Dresses
Kara’s deep v-neck and back, sleek drape
Wendy’s with asymmetrical lace up back – fitted and flowing contrasts
Ep 7: The Future
Kevin’s Structured mini-coat (which I can’t find a picture of!)
Kara Saun’s long coat with the leather waist is BEAUTIFUL. Has a feel of steampunk
Kara Saun’s entire line is totally that modern/vintage combo that I gravitate toward.
I enjoyed Season 1. I can’t decide if I want to take the deep dive into the remaining seasons. Do you have a favorite season of Project Runway?