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Why I Was Rejected From Project Runway

Assignment:  make a “slinky” evening dress for a top New York fashion model.

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(I apologize for the cheap fashion-industry joke, La Coquette)

29 Comments

  1. Okay, you got me laughing.

  2. It’s fun for a girl and a boy!

    My daughter got me hooked on Project Runway last weekend when they had the marathon going on Bravo. I’ve now wasted many hours of my life catching up on it. She is so grounded.

  3. oh, OW! That makes my skin crawl with the pinchiness!

  4. oh my, that dress kind of makes her look like she’s got a thick waist, not very flattering at all.

  5. You must not have gotten the news:

    From the article just in case you can’t follow the link above:

    Spain’s top fashion show has turned away a slew of models on grounds they are too skinny – an unprecedented swipe at body images blamed for encouraging eating disorders among young people.

    …used a mathematical formula to calculate the models’ body mass index – a measure of their weight in relation to their height – and 30 percent of the women flunked…

    The body mass index is a tool for doctors who study obesity. It is calculated by dividing weight in pounds by height in inches squared, and multiplying that total by 703.

    If the resulting number is between 18.5 and 24.9, the person’s weight is normal. Below 18.5 they are underweight. In the case of the Madrid show, organizers rejected women with indices under 18.

    The body mass index is a tool for doctors who study obesity. It is calculated by dividing weight in pounds by height in inches squared, and multiplying that total by 703.

    If the resulting number is between 18.5 and 24.9, the person’s weight is normal. Below 18.5 they are underweight. In the case of the Madrid show, organizers rejected women with indices under 18.

    I think slinky woman would have failed too without the weight of the steel!

  6. Um, I see you’ve given up in the busty Lane Bryant models …

  7. Fun for a boy or a girl! Its such a wonderful toy! How could you not win with that?

  8. This is exactly the kind of thing they think is brilliant on Project Runway!

  9. what happens when you sit down, do you get big gaps at the back where the springs separate

  10. MUAH, MUAH! Auf Wiedersehen!

  11. Rach, if you have to ask, then obviously my designs are not for someone as “traditional-minded” as… you. May I suggest you buy your clothes off the rack at the Beales in the Dolphin Shopping Centre instead?    (Rach, was I good with my Google Search or not?) 

  12. A very good date dress!

  13. Haha, your google search was spot on, Beales as well, the height of conformist, ageist middle of the road fashion, ideal for someone like…….me!

  14. funny! who knows, it may be the next big thing… i haven’t seen a ‘slinky’ dress before!

  15. I wonder what would happen if you pushed her down the stairs…. Just kidding… Relax… (no model was actually hurt in this comment)

  16. personally, i think she is way too fat for that dress. poor thing needs to lose about 25 pounds. i mean, look at that nasty hip bulgeing out of the side.

  17. If that dress was truly made out of a slinky I could only imagine it being quite umm, painful.

  18. Neil:
    I am currently trying to lose about ten pounds. By most standards, I am average to thin. (About a size 8). But when I go to JCrew to buy jeans, I have to get almost the biggest size to get a pair that I can fit around my “yes, I’ve had children”-middle! What is this saying about society? (Maybe nothing. Maybe it’s just that only ten year old swedish boys buy their jeans in the JCrew womens’ dept). Thanks for the post and for the commentary! You rock.

  19. Wow, how did that little face get there where I tried to type an “8”???

  20. Viscountess — I’m not sure, but I like that cool guy, so I’m leaving it up. I will always think of you when I see him. It’s almost like your fingers didn’t want you to reveal you size.

  21. Uh oh. I feel one of those debates in the comments about women’s sizes coming on. I would just like to remind folks before they start the tirade that some of us thin folks are so naturally and that the only dislike we have for those who are larger than us is when they start saying that we must have an eating disorder. The average size of an American woman is a 12.

    As for the dress, it would definitely get you Auf’d.

  22. I used to have a plastic slinky in funky psychedelic pinks and purples…I could totally see that as a high-end haute couture garment. If only it were big enough….

  23. i’m STILL (after 16 hours) trying to decided it the slinker GIVES her curves or takes them away……..

  24. Hahahah, love the projrun shoutout!

  25. Umm…I like it.

  26. ok that is totally hot

    I would wear that in a new york minute!

    😉

  27. it does look like a good case for hair removal before you go out for the evening.

  28. You made me LOL at work. ;D

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