Tim Gunn talks about his work as a mentor on "Project Runway," his sense of style and becoming an overnight sensa-tion after 25 years in the business. Tim Gunn is chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. Formerly, Gunn served as chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design. He is the author of Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work.
Timothy Gunn is Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design. Gunn has been a vital part of the Parsons community for more than 23 years. In August 2000, he was appointed chair of the fashion design program with the charge of retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century. Under Gunn's direction, the department has strengthened its position as the indisputable leader in fashion design education in America and as one of only a handful of leading programs in the world. The school will celebrate the centennial of the program, which was the first of its kind in the nation, this year.
Gunn credits the seminal changes in the department's curriculum with the meteoric success of the dynamic design duo of Jack McCollough '02 and Lazaro Hernandez '02 of Proenza Schouler, whose senior year thesis collection was bought off the school's runway by Barneys New York. This academic and fashion industry "first" was a mere bellwether for the graduating classes to follow and set in motion an industry clamoring for young, innovative design talent, including up-and-coming designers such as Ashleigh Verrier '04.
Prior to his appointment as chair of the fashion design program, Gunn spent most of his career at Parsons as Associate Dean of the school. In that capacity, he worked closely with the academic departments and helped develop programs and relationships abroad, including the international spectrum of Parsons affiliates in Paris, Korea, Japan and the Dominican Republic.
Gunn has lectured widely on fashion and lifestyle design and Parsons' influential role in putting America on the global design map. His interviews have appeared in publications as diverse as Time and Newsweek, Crain's New York Business, Martha Stewart Living, Elle Magazine and Women's Wear Daily, and his television interviews have appeared on CBS, NBC, and the Metro Channel.
Budd Mishkin is a television host and correspondent for New York's 24-hour news network, NY1.
He hosts the weekly series "One on 1 with Budd Mishkin," in which he interviews and profiles prominent New Yorkers with significant connections to the city. Mishkin began his work at the station as a sports correspondent and still hosts "Sports on 1: The Last Word" every Thursday. He also contributes feature stories to the network.
"Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn shares his "disgust" over Season 8 and expresses his confusion over the judges' decision-making process. In an effort to console the designers, Gunn recalls saying, "All I can tell you is that this is a bunch of crack smoking judges."
"Project Runway" mentor Tim Gunn explains how fashionable choices can be made on a small budget and that our personal style impacts how we're perceived. "Just accept responsibility for how you're presenting yourself to the world," advises Gunn.