Project Runway may have started off as a sleeper hit in its first season but it has managed to keep the creativity juices flowing for its contestants and all of the show’s fans. Now on its ninth year with the filming of Project Runway: All Stars Season 3 and the ongoing Season 12, it keeps on flaunting the fashion design geniuses that make their way through the contestant selection process. The visual fabric and style feast is sometimes a gourmet offering although admittedly it falls flat at times. It however, does not seek to disappoint. For the most part it does or else it would not have reached Season 12. And the producers make sure that they keep the show interesting with various twists and themes. Challenges are picked to help keep the creative action going and the reality show has really been able to produce some very exciting designers.
The show does not hide the fact that it loves its sponsors. For Season 12, the prizes come from nine different companies. It is triple the number compared to the first season. This time, the winner not only gets to take home a cash prize but a car as well. This season is particularly bountiful because the winning designer gets to take home some prize packages that have been present in other seasons but not consistently appearing for every season since they first became part of the prize package like the spa package in the Maldives. Season 6 had a trip to Paris. This year’s Project Runway winner gets to have a fabric allowance form Tide, a sewing and crafting studio from Brother, a technology suite from HP and other prizes from L’Oreal, Belk and Marie Claire. Looking at the prizes, the winner would certainly have most of what he or she needs to be able to launch his or her own clothing line. Exposure certainly won’t be a problem.
The reality show has also introduced more than clever twists and challenges into its programming. It has also been able to consistently give equal opportunity to heterosexuals and LGBTs. Fashion is said to be a turf dominated by gays but to be able to welcome and take note of the talents of differently abled designers like Justin Leblanc who is deaf blows the field even more wide open. After all, his condition does not need to be an impediment to design. And it is not. Proof of the fact is that for the very first time, Tim Gunn used his ‘save’ power for him saying that Gunn needs more time to be on the show. That’s what the show is all about after all. Permitting creativity to those who have something to show. Gender preferences and physical abilities aside, anyone who can conceptualize can design. And the one who can make fashion and marketing go hand in hand has permission to be creative on Project Runway.