Posts Tagged 'project runway'

Tim Gunn’s saving the world – one fashion victim at a time

tim and gretta source googleTim Gunn is definitely one of my favorite people on television. I fell in love with his charisma and caretaker ways as a design mentor on Project Runway, but I really understood his expertise and compassion while watching him on his own show Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style.

The show, similar to TLC’s “What Not to Wear,” helps a variety of women – from stay-at-home moms to successful business owners – discover their body shape, flattering clothing and inner and outer beauty.

The Fashionista Friend
Gunn teams up with Gretta Monahan, a fashion expert, personal stylist, owner of Grettacole Spas and Salons and Gretta Luxe Boutiques. Instead of Gunn and Monahan simply picking a fashion offender and making her over, they find women who will take their tough love and guidance to heart in order to make over themselves. I think this is what makes the show work.

Gunn expresses his excitement on the show’s Web site:

I am absolutely crazy about Gretta, and together, she and I want every woman to achieve her perfect signature look. It takes hard work and commitment to look good, but it should also be fun – our hope is that we’ll inspire women everywhere to put their best foot forward, and with cute shoes, too!

I think Monahan and Gunn make a great team because she helps women during their shopping challenges and offers advice and solutions, while he focuses on the “bigger picture” of each woman’s transformation.

Meredith before

Meredith before

Gunn also provides each woman with his essential shopping list which includes 10 basic pieces that no woman’s closet should be without.

After the women find clothes that fit their bodies and highlight their best features, Gunn finds the best hair and make-up stylists to complete their look.

The PR in the Show
Episode one in season two is one of my favorites. It’s about a conservative young woman named Meredith who moved to Manhattan from Washington, DC to continue working in politics. She was upbeat and excited about her wardrobe change, and so were her loved ones.

Not only do Gunn and Monahan establish a close relationship with Meredith, but they also communicate with her family and friends. They communicate the importance of fashion in the work world and how dressing to fit your personality and body shape can truly change your life for the better.

Meredith with Tim after

Meredith with Tim after

The View of a PR Student

Fashion is an expression and a way to build confidence. I think anyone can find his or her own style – some are born with the “style eye” and some just need a little push from people like Gunn and Monahan. But when it all comes down to it, PR and fashion go hand-in-hand. People communicate and I think fashion communicates, too.  What do you think?


Check out “Your Shape,” an episode from Tim Gunn’s Dress to the Sevens series that teaches women how to dress for their shape!


Is too much fashion media attention a bad thing?

Project Runway’s Heidi Klum got it right when she said one day you can be “in” and the next day you can be “out” in the fashion industry.


Competition in the fashion industry is fiercer than ever thanks to the never-ending list of fashion-related shows on TV such as Project Runway, America’s Next Top Model and The Rachel Zoe Project. These shows get aspiring designers, models and stylists motivated and excited about pursuing a career in the industry.


But is the excessive spotlight of these shows helping or hindering these peoples’ chances of landing their dream jobs? Looking at it from a PR perspective, I’m not sure. I think it could go either way.


Advantages of Media Attention

Those of us in PR love to talk about the importance of the adoption process, which includes five steps: awareness, interest, evaluation, trial and adoption. For example, we stress the importance of creating awareness about these fashion-related shows as well as job opportunities in the fashion industry. Without the awareness, no one would know these things exist.


We also understand the importance to target those who would have an interest in the subject matter. In this case, these fashion-related shows air on stations like Bravo, MTV and E!, which are primarily viewed by women with interest in fashion, trends, etc. After establishing interest in these shows, women must decide whether they care to participate in the evaluation, trial and adoption stages. If they have an interest in the subject, chances are, they will.


Disadvantages of Media Attention

Although awareness is important, is it possible to have too much of a “good thing?” I’m sure many aspiring designers, models and stylists will tell you it is. With such a large amount of awareness and interest in the fashion industry, those who wish to find work not only have to be extremely marketable and have high skill-levels, but they have to simply find job availabilities that match their needs and wants.


 According to a post on the Bureau of Labor Statistics Web site,

Employment of fashion designers is projected to grow 5 percent between 2006 and 2016, more slowly than the average for all occupations. Job growth will stem from a growing population demanding more clothing, footwear, and accessories. Demand is increasing for stylish clothing that is affordable, especially among middle income consumers. However, employment declines in cut and sew apparel manufacturing are projected to offset job increases among apparel wholesalers.

Job opportunities in cut and sew manufacturing will continue to decline as apparel is increasingly manufactured overseas. However, employment of fashion designers in this industry will not decline as fast as other occupations because firms are more likely to keep design work in-house.

Job competition is expected be keen as many designers are attracted to the creativity and glamour associated with the occupation. Relatively few job openings arise because of low job turnover and the small number of new openings created every year.

Many of those seeking jobs in the fashion industry will tell you there is no room for error, and those of us in public relations can empathize. But in the words of Tim Gunn, Project Runway’s design mentor, if people really want a job in the fashion industry, they will do whatever it takes to “make it work.”