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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. Alison

    Okay, you got me laughing.

  2. Tara

    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. lizardek

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

  4. better safe than sorry

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

  5. Jody

    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. Charming, but single

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

  7. Grins

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

  8. maribeth

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

  9. rach

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

  10. cruisin-mom

    MUAH, MUAH! Auf Wiedersehen!

  11. Neil

    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. Alexandra

    A very good date dress!

  13. rach

    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. Sarah

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

  15. elle

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

  16. sarah

    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. Janet

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

  18. Beth

    Priceless.

  19. Viscountess of Funk

    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.

  20. Viscountess of Funk

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

  21. Neil

    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.

  22. Dagny

    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.

  23. kimananda

    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….

  24. question girl

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

  25. Erin

    Hahahah, love the projrun shoutout!

  26. J. Brown

    Umm…I like it.

  27. Rachel

    ok that is totally hot

    I would wear that in a new york minute!

    😉

  28. 2nd Pearl Past the Post

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

  29. Christine

    You made me LOL at work. ;D

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