I have a Project Runway problem.
I saw a couple of seasons of the show were available on Netflix, and I thought, "Hey, why not?" Turns out, the "why not" is that I watched those two seasons in their entirety in less than a week. I watched them while fixing website stuff, which feels like an endless task, but even so. TWO SEASONS. ONE WEEK.
One cool thing about watching reality shows from years ago is that you can watch all the drama, and then go immediately to Google to find out what's happened to them since. It certainly made one guy's breakdown less horrible to watch, knowing he designs for Beyonce now. And while Google stalking the contestants, I found this really interesting article from the Guardian discussing whether the show has failed at its "help designers build their career" goal.
The fact is that most former Project Runway winners are not megastar designers. But a lot of the winners and contestants are designers. They design clothes for a living, whether it's costume design for film or owning their own boutique. Not everyone can design dresses for an endless line of celebrities or launch a luxury brand name, but there are many different ways that people can use their talent and pursue their passions. If you define success as superstar level, then almost all of them fell short. But that's just not fair or realistic at all.
IDK, I think it's a valuable things for us perfectionists to remember. It's the doing that matters, and although Project Runway pitches itself as the epic turning point in a designer's career, really it's just one opportunity, one stepping stone in the grand patchwork of chances and setbacks that they have to navigate.
Also, I really want Tim Gunn as a mentor. That man is legendary.