Tim Gunn: fashion consultant, television personality, actor, and mediator?

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Australian Mediation Perspectives

One of my favourite “reality” TV shows – in fact one of the few I watch – is Project Runway. Filmed in New York, the show pits aspiring designers against each other with seemingly impossible sewing challenges, with each episode culminating in a runway show and elimination. Like many such shows, the contestants are housed in the sponsor’s serviced apartments for the duration. With a dozen or more “artistic types” living, working and competing with each other, it is not surprising when tempers fray.

Season 12 saw several designers lose their cool, and each time it has been mentor and producer Tim Gunn who has stepped in to resolve the tensions. Jessica Rawden writing for TV Blend website observes:

Sure, Project Runway is about the fashion, but it’s also about sticking a dozen or so people into a room and asking them to compete against one another day…

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