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.