Last October, I wrote a post in which I ranted about the television show â€œProject Runwayâ€ and its ill treatment of women (and men!) with any kind of shape. This season, however, I was pleasantly surprised to see a good deal of discussion regarding bras and whom the designers are designing for.
For those of you who havenâ€™t watched the show, hereâ€™s some information on the season that just ended: It was an all-stars season, so the crop of designers were all past contestants. The judges were all new, and â€œmentorâ€ Tim Gunn was replaced by Marie-Claire magazine Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles (whom Adweek named â€œEditor of the Yearâ€ in April).
Having a woman in the mentor position made a huge change on the way the designs were discussed. Instead of us being treated to designers whining about breasts â€œgetting in the way of the design,â€ there were multiple episodes in which Ms. Coles pointed out that it was impossible to wear a bra (strapless or otherwise) with the clothes the designers were creatingâ€¦and she said this as a negative thing.
Late in the season, fan favorite Mondo Guerra also stated that his competitor Michael Costello â€œonly created designs for modelsâ€â€”that Michaelâ€™s dresses were only flattering on thin, tall, small-breasted young women (i.e. models). Mondo specifically mentioned that Michaelâ€™s many backless creations did not allow a woman to wear a bra, and again framed this as a negative thing. Of course, it must be noted that Mondoâ€™s creations were not always bra-friendly either, but he did include shapes that look good on a variety of bodies. Click below to see some specific items from both of the designers (photos courtesy MyLifetime.com):