The Five: Your Project Runway Audition Guide
In the interest of helping further your design career, I've put together a brief primer for success on Project Runway - from the auditions to the final catwalk.
1. If you're just out of school or bucking for an AARP membership, pack lightly. You won't be staying long. There are always exceptions to the rule, but only if you bring the evil like Wendy Pepper or the goods like Daniel Vosovic. For the most part, the freshly-scrubbed and the freshly-grayed get the boot early and often.
2. Let your freak flag fly. Project Runway's judges favor artistic vision over commercial viability. It's why Jay beat Kara Suan, why Jeffrey beat Uli and why Santino would have beat Chole if he had bothered to step up to the plate in the final showdown.
3. You may have vision, but please know how to use a sewing machine. You've got to know the rules before you can break the rules. We don't need an entire episode based on you not knowing what a "bobbin" is.
4. If you are Daniel Franco, do not apply AGAIN. You're so not allowed back for yet another season. The third time is not the charm. Get over it.
5. No appliques. No rosettes. No little cut-outs randomly placed all over bolero jackets and peasant skirts.
Bonus: This one is for all of us - designer and non-designer alike. Always heed the good Book of Gunn, and remember to make it work.