Monday, March 19, 2007
More Advice for Season Four Hopefuls!
First from Daniel Vosovic: (Realize that he was not only a finalist on the show but sat on the audition panel as well...)
Laura, I love you. I just finished reading your "Tips for Season 4" write-up and it just became increasingly more hilarious... because it was so darn appropriate. My favorite parts being "Don't bring children's wear, menswear, Civil War reenactment costumes or Renaissance Faire gowns..." Haha! Some horrible memories are rushing back into my head - make them stop! Oh, and that part about not having your friend wear your garment, but having an actual model come with you is a definite boost in the judges eyes. It's no surprise that presentation is crucial, so to have an energetic, beautiful model complementing your unique designs will only help your odds.
As far as offering any additional advice, I really think the only thing not touched on was the strong desire to find those creative talents that not only understand design, but also the bigger picture: branding, styling and the understanding of what would happen if you actually won Project Runway. A lot of people tell me that they would "make great TV", or "I would've kicked a** in that flower challenge"... which is all well and good but the judges cast people who they think could actually win, not just make for good show.
Best of luck to all of you looking to join the ranks of Project Runway alum, it's a beautiful, creative, dysfunctional family... and I love it!
See you in New York,
Next from Emmett McCarthy: (New Yorkers don't miss his anniversary party on Wednesday!)
BPR has done a great service to the SEASON 4 PROJECT RUNWAY hopefuls.
My suggestions for wannabe contestants are:
Remember this is a competition for the next great American Designer, so have a point of view that is unique and reflects your taste level.
The forms are long and tedious, and the line is long so you might have a chance to fill out the forms but a producer can pull you out of the line at any time. If you can fill it out in advance do so. Also, if you put a reference down, they will call.
Your portfolio and your garments and the way you present yourself are all equally important. If you have talent in fashion, they will see it in your work, let the work be compelling and interesting. This is about fashion and not about theater or costume design.
Good luck ! It was an experience not like any other I had in my fashion career.
And just in case you missed the comment from Laura Bennett:
I think I'm qualified to comment here, having been there .
(remember the tall redhead from season 3?)
Make sure your three garments show a point of view, tell a story, or express a clear direction. Be sure to edit your book. The drawings and photos in your book should be an extension of the idea you are presenting. A book with few pages that are to the point will be much easier for the judges' panel to comprehend.
It is important to be yourself. If you pretend to be some wild character that you are not, they will see right through it (remember, those elves are magical.)
Good luck, see you in New York!
Note: Yes, our commenting feature seems to have a glitch today! Sorry. Hopefully it will sort itself out. LK