Runway Season 5
debuted last night, July 16, 2008 with one
shocker contestant, Jerry Tam of Form. Jerry has
been showing his fashion line in New York City
for several years now and he always shows a well-thought
out sophisticated line of dresses that would work
well for both uptown and downtown girls. I saw
some of Jerry's dresses for the first time at
a charity benefit several years ago (a group of
women were wearing them). The dresses stood out,
they were distinctive; they definitely had a look
- deconstructed modern. The dresses were so unique
that I walked up to the women wearing them and
asked who designed their dresses.
So why would Jerry even want to be on
Well, there was
even a bigger surprise. Jerry was eliminated on
his first night out - the first contestant to
be eliminated this season. And he was eliminated
in the grocery store challenge - the contestants
are challenged to make a garment from the items
that are available in the grocery store. Jerry
did his best and made one of his signature dresses
from a table cloth and a shower curtain, but the
judges were less than impressed.
I was shocked because
I know Jerry is talented. But perhaps it does
not matter. One of the most famous former
Project Runway contestants is Malan
Breton and Malan was eliminated in Episode
2 of Season 3. Perhaps some talented designers
need more than twenty-four hours to create a masterpieces
and maybe they also need some......FABRIC!!!!!
After all in his bio
on the Project Runway website, it says
that Jerry Tam's designs for Form are, "Inspired
by intrinsic architecture, FORM uses natural fabrics
for both warmth and aesthetics." See, nothing
here about being inspired by groceries.
So here's to Jerry
- many kudos for trying!!
photos from the Jerry Tam Form Show at the New
Museum on February 2, 2008. All of the below photos
were taken by Cindy Ord. I told you he was talented.
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