The Project Runway show, was a big hit in the US, and is currently showing its older seasons on TLC India. With a reality TV format and supermodel Heidi Klum for host, the show inspires a whole host of blogs and articles and has been a launchpad for many a top designer. Cheeky quotes by Michael Kors and the dapper Tim Gunn’s workroom critiques have seeped into modern fashionistas vocabulary.
Fans of the show, Kathy Lewinski from Minneapolis and Susan Cornish from San Francisco, US hit upon an innovative idea: Why not replicate the challenges thrown at the designers each week, in the same format as they do, for dolls? They’ve religiously followed the show’s eighth season and designed looks for their dolls. The challenges have ranged from creating an outfit out of craft store materials, to creating a sportswear look inspired by the style of Jacqueline Kennedy. The clothes are modelled by their dolls and are presented with an imaginary commentary from Tim Gunn.
The task comes with several unanticipated difficulties. The head of Kathy’s Chloé doll is disproportionately large and Susan’s Barbie has unseemly leg joints that need to be concealed. The sewing of fabrics cut so small, presents its own trials, as does the 15-hour time limit they strictly follow. But with a great deal of good humour and imagination, the two create confections that both rival those on the ramp and are the stuff of little girls’ dreams.
Susan’s blog: craftroom.blogspot.com