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Review: Project Runway - The Art of Design

by Michael Pascua, posted Nov 6th 2009 1:40AM
Christopher studies a piece of art.
(S06E12) It's the trend for most contestants on Project Runway to cave during the final challenge; this season was no exception. This season's final challenge was to be inspired by the Getty museum. The contestants had two days and $300 to design the dress.


Althea - Overall Architecture
Christopher - Rock Fountain
Irina - Mischief and Repose by Godward.
Gordana - Rouen Cathedral by Monet
Carol Hannah - Bed - French, Paris (circa 1775 - 1780)

There was so much to be inspired by in the Getty Center, and I feel like the show rushed its way through.

The one thing that I really liked was that the designers got to go with the models around the museum. Not only did the models get a sense of how they should model their piece, the designers got to bounce ideas off of someone. Models of the Runway destroyed the idea of interaction between the models and the designers, and this was the only episode that even showed the models with some actual interaction time. The models' interviews never end up on Project Runway, and that's one element I wished they would keep in the main show.

The work in the workroom was above average from what we got to see. Even with Tim's opinions, some of the dresses needed more help. I would have loved to see Irina continue working on the Scandinavian rabbit pelt. I laughed when Tim told Christopher that most of the judges think, "what?" when staring at his clothes. I still don't get how he continued to hang by a string.

The guest judges joining Heidi and Nina were fashion designer Cynthia Rowley and model Cindy Crawford. As the models walked down, I gotta admit I wasn't impressed with any of the pieces. Althea's dress would be perfect if the skirt was the top and the top was a free-flowing fabric bottom. I loved Carol Hannah's dress, but I wished that she incorporated the shade of blue that was on the French bed. As Katie walked down, I didn't understand Christopher's design at all. The bottom was horrible, but I didn't understand the juxtaposition of the corset with the loose top (I didn't understand Althea's either). Gordana's color scheme and way the dress opened up reminded me of Santino's final dress in season two, except the back was just boring. I liked Irina's top half of the dress, but I thought there was too much fabric in the end.

All the contestants got some criticisms and positives from the judges: Althea (brave, but too ambitious) Irina (strong back, dowdy skirt length), Gordana (best connection to inspiration, no wow factor), Carol Hannah (well executed, safe), and Christopher (cool top, very heavy bottom). Heidi asked each contestant who they wanted to see make it to the finals and oddly, only one person picked the correct combination: Althea. She picked herself, Irina and Carol Hannah. It takes a lot for someone to admit that the person you don't like deserves to make it to the finals. That meant that Christopher and Gordana were going home. I find it funny that even though Tim thought Gordana's piece was inspiring, the rest of her pieces this season were boring.

The final models:

Althea - Tanisha
Carol Hannah - Lisa
Irina - Kalyn

Though I would have liked to see Gordana and Althea have one of those challenges right before fashion week, Althea would have wiped the floor on Gordana. I think the three were the most deserving and the most consistent. Did you expect this as your final three? Leave comments as always.

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totally agree with john. no matar!!!!!! what the WHAT?!

November 09 2009 at 10:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Althea - Tanisha
Carol Hannah - Lisa
Irina - Kalyn

The final 3 was obvious.

Gordana, too little to late.

The worse thing is no more Matar...

November 06 2009 at 12:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I LOVED Matar...so pretty and a good personality. I would have loved for her to win.

November 11 2009 at 3:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I really like that it's the first all female finale on Project Runway and that the 3 most deserving designers this year all made it.


I wish that Gordona connected with the challenges as much as she did this time (and the wedding dress challenge), I think that's when she's done her best work, and could have changed her entire season.

I really rooted for Christopher in the beginning, but I think he ended up being too stuck in his ways and let his inexperience show. I think he has a lot of potential to become a great designer.

November 06 2009 at 11:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Kristi's comment

Last season was an all female final three as well with Leanne, Korto, and Kenley, although Jerrell created a collection and got to come back with the others but was auf'd right before he got to show at Bryant Park.

November 06 2009 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I agree with Nick - worst...season...ever. Why they kept Christopher on as long as they did is just mind boggling.

November 06 2009 at 11:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i like Gordana's dress, even though she became a bit of a bitch... my friend thought she was inspired by Georgia O'Keefe though.

November 06 2009 at 8:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

worst. season. ever. seriously, these designers all leave me cold regarding their 'talents.' and none of them are that interesting as human beings as well. the LA move has been nothing but a bore for the most part, and the way they rush through the challenges (to whit tonight: getty center, one of the most awesome places to hang out and be inspired in LA - 1/2 tour (it takes HOURS to go through), 1/2 hour sketching? ugh. tim's been noticeably feisty, almost angry, in his walk throughs this season, and the rotating crew of judges has diminished the quality and depth of the critiques, and also a lack of understanding the designers' voices on a week to week basis. very, very disappointing.

November 06 2009 at 3:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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