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Tim Gunn Interviews the Jay | Manolo's Shoe Blog

Tim Gunn Interviews the Jay

Manolo says, from the Elle Magazine, here is the gentlemanly Tim Gunn interviewing the Jay McCarroll!

The first two design challenges established Jay’s point of view—funky, artsy, and edgy, with a splash of “f–k you” spice. But those challenges were not about real clothes. How would Jay perform when actual wearable clothes were the expectation?

The third challenge, to design a dress for Banana Republic, would tell all. Jay took a major leap by creating a dress I can only call exquisite—the silhouette, proportions, and construction details (including an homage to the Chrysler Building in the form of an accordion-pleated bodice) were extremely sophisticated. Although he didn’t win the challenge (the intricacy of his construction would have made production a serious price point issue), his confidence was significantly buoyed and it became obvious that he was a talent to be reckoned with.

You must read the whole thing if, like the Manolo, you were obsessed with the Project Runway.

6 Responses to “Tim Gunn Interviews the Jay”

  1. Laura K May 30, 2005 at 10:49 am #

    I admit it – I was obsessed with Project Runway too! I even recorded all of the episodes. When is the new season starting?

  2. deja pseu May 30, 2005 at 8:21 pm #

    I totally missed the first season! Quel horreur! Are they re-running it, and if so, when?

  3. Designer Ella May 30, 2005 at 8:50 pm #

    O-migosh (heehee) What channel is Project Runway on? I never knew much about it. :-x :-\

  4. Irene Done May 31, 2005 at 7:48 am #

    Be sure to check out the print edition to see Austin Scarlett’s “7 Reasons Jay Won/7 Reasons I Didn’t Win” list. Funny!

  5. Wickwire May 31, 2005 at 3:41 pm #

    I was obsessed. Good reading Manolo.

  6. JayKay May 31, 2005 at 3:56 pm #

    I have to admit, I was SO obessed with this show! Season 2 cannot start soon enough! I hope there are similar people on the next season as season one’s folks were uber entertaining (and I guess pretty talented, too).
    By the by, Austin got ROBBED! What was that silly lady that picked Wendy’s outfit thinking? Ugh.