Why do I like Project Runway?
I don't sew. I don't know a bobbin from a button. I couldn't thread a sewing machine if my life depended on it. I don't know a thing about fashion -- and care less. I've never seen a single copy of "Elle" magazine. And yet Project Runway is currently in its 17th season and I think I have watched it from the beginning. I can identify "Elle"'s editor, Nina Garcia.
My history with sewing is extremely limited. My mother was an excellent seamstress and even took a course in tailoring at one point. She made wonderful clothes for Karen and me.
I took sewing in high school. My teacher, Sister Bernadine, was a large woman who joked that the first thing she did every morning was to check the obituaries to see if she was alive or not.
I don't remember a lot about what I did in my sewing class, but my finale was a dress that I don't remember at all, except that it had a reversible overskirt that I really liked, which Sister wasn't all that keen on, but as I began to make it, she was very encouraging and I think actually liked the idea...until I accidentally tore the top of the overskirt and she was so upset about it, I don't remember her being at all encouraging after that. I wore that dress for our mandatory fashion show and never again.
I made a couple of costumes for Jeri, which never turned out as I'd hoped. The words I hated most in any flyer about an activity were "mothers will make costumes." One costume I made never looked right at all until I realized that I had the head piece backwards and didn't realize it.
Walt had shirts he threw away because they needed a button.
And yet I became fascinated by Project Runway.
What kept me going in the beginning were co-hosts Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.
Probably Gunn over Klum, since she often drove me nuts and I loved his relationship witwh the contestants, especially when he visited the final 4 at their homes. I had to laugh at how many times my favorite choice of all the fashions that were modeled at the end of each episode were the ones that the judges sneered were for "older women." But I cheered the season that the winner was a rotund woman with blue hair who designed for larger women.
The only designer who ever won (or even was a contestant) whose name I remember is Christian Siriano.
I liked him when he was a contestant, was happy when he won and thrilled to see his name starting to be given on awards shows when stars were asked whose fashion they were wearing. He is considered the most successful designer who ever won Project Runway. Perhaps one of his most notable designs was this one for the Met Gala.
Klum and Gunn left Project Runway after Season 16, but Bravo has brought the show back with Siriano in Tim Gunn's position and model Karlie Kloss (whom I'd never heard of before because I don't pay attention to fashion shows) is the new Heidi Klum. The only hold over from the old days is Nina Garcia, who still sits on the judging panel.
I've been watching Season 17 but realizing that I'm not enjoying it this season, and I think this is my Project Runway finale. There are very few designs that I like any more, many of the contestants annoy me, and I often sit there wondering what in the world am I doing watching this stuff.It's time to find another show.