For fifteen seasons and five all-star specials, reality television show Project Runway has been entertaining audiences from all walks of life. The show focuses on aspiring fashion designers who will have to undergo weekly challenges just to get the coveted price.
Finalists get to show their collection at New York Fashion Week, making Project Runway one of the most influential TV programs in the modern era. The show has had diverse contestants, from members of the LGBTQ+ community to individuals with various cultural backgrounds.
Fashion consultant and longtime Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn has been with the show throughout its entire run. So it is safe to say that Gunn has seen it all. Now he has publicly voiced out his wish for Project Runway—an all-plus-size season.
Tim Gunn Wishes for a Plus-Size Project Runway Season
Tim Gunn has always been vocal when it comes to the fashion industry’s lack of diversity. In an article he personally wrote for The Washington Post, Gunn expressed his disappointment toward designers who fail to recognize the average size of women in the country.
It should be noted that in the United States, the “average” woman wears a size 12–14. But fashion campaigns have continuously displayed size 0 models on their runways and store racks. The gravity of the situation has prompted notable names in fashion to publicly speak out on these issues.
Months after writing his op-ed, Gunn once again went public with his desire to reinforce the standard of beauty for women. He recently shared a Christmas wish list for the New York Post, and no. 2 on the aforementioned list reads “A new season of Project Runway in which all of the models are size 12/14-plus.”
The show has acknowledged plus-size designers before, with Ashley Tipton emerging triumphant in Season 14. But Gunn is thinking about the bigger picture by hosting an exclusive plus-size season. Along with this post, he noted how big the plus-size market here. To put it in figures, the plus-size industry has raked in $20.4 billion since 2013, making it one of the fastest growing sectors in the retail industry.
Tim Gunn has been one of the pioneers in Project Runway. He has also experienced success outside the reality show by serving as a longstanding faculty in Parsons School of Design and has gone on to publish several books under his name.