Color Inspiration: Project Runway

Spoiler! If you haven’t seen Project Runway Season 13, Episode 8, The Rainway, this post contains images that may ruin it for you. The winner hasn’t been revealed in this post, but I’ve included images of my favorite design.

I’m going to give you a “Red Panda Climbing Down a Tree Break” to decide if you want to click through to read the rest of this post…


Ok… on to the good stuff! I am not really into fashion in my “real life” (dark jeans for me, thanks), but I love, love, love Project Runway. I am a huge Tim Gunn fan, and I love seeing the sketching, planning, angst and frantic work that goes into the designers’ projects. If there was a similar reality show about art, I would be all over it.

For this episode the designers were asked to create an avant-garde look that would be going down the runway under falling rain (“The Rainway”). The whole runway show was excellent, but by far my favorite look was by Sean Kelly of New Zealand (woo!).

His model started off in what looks like a sweet, but relatively plain white dress…

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… and then as she steps under the rain and starts twirling, the brilliance of his design is revealed. He sewed powder dye into the dress with the intent of the dress streaming down with color as the model walked under the rain. His reaction as he realizes his design worked is priceless.

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How gorgeous is this??

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I loved Heidi and Tim’s reactions. Heidi’s eyes looked like they were going to fall out of her head, and Tim looked like a proud papa.

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As the model walked back up the runway, the beautiful colors running down the back of the dress were revealed.

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This is one my all time favorite designs on Project Runway. It’s smart, gutsy and gorgeous. I could see this translating into paper work. How fun would it be to send a card to someone that changes color if it is run under water? You can see a video of just this design at this link. I highly recommend watching it even if you are not a Project Runway fan. So fun to see the magic of this beautiful transformation!

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