I wore one of my Saturday Market Dresses in a new rayon print, got my hair done at Swink and put my makeup on in a nearby Starbucks restroom. We all arrived at 2pm, but I didn't get my turn until about 3:45.
It's not easy to show a range of design and skill with just three pieces, but I think I brought the right assortment. First, a one-of-a-kind version of the Saturday Market Dress made with 75% recycled materials and 25% custom designed fabric, along with a little neckline chain.
Second, the Frida gown from the Recycled Couture Collection, which is one of my most successful designs.
Finally, I gave myself the task of creating one garment with all the whistles and bells. Something I'm affectionately calling "The Nellie Olson Jacket." (Thanks Rick!) This garment incorporates all the things I do in one garment: ruffles, peplum, raw edges, hand-dyeing, reverse applique and a cinched waist. The panel of judges included Monir Zandghoreishi, the Fashion Program Chair at IADT who created the show and will act in the Tim Gunn role as mentor; Rose Dennis, Luly Yang's PR Maven, and Lauren Foster of 425 Magazine. Although they were pretty quiet during my 15 minute presentation, they were complementary.
I waited all day the following Monday to find out if I made the cut, and finally after 8pm I got word that I was in! I still don't know anything about the show other than it will air on King5 during the Evening Magazine time slot but not until February... and I think there are 10 people on the show.