Tim Gunn - Mentor
Tim Gunn once again will act as mentor to the designers of "Project Runway" in season four. Gunn also hosts Bravo's "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style," where he leads fashion-challenged women on an emotional journey to unearth their personal style.
Gunn is Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc., taking the post on March 5, 2007. Gunn joined Liz Claiborne Inc. in an effort to show the world that the company is serious about returning to their roots focusing on product and design. As CCO, Gunn leads an ongoing campaign to restore a culture that welcomes the creative process, helps to shape a more competitive, consistent and compelling product and attracts and retains the best design and merchandising talent.
Formerly, Gunn served as Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons The New School for Design and was a vital part of the Parsons community for more than 23 years. Appointed to the position in August 2000, he was charged with retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century. Under Gunn's direction, the department strengthened its position as the indisputable leader in fashion design education in America and as one of only a handful of leading programs in the world.
Prior to his appointment as chair of the fashion design program, Gunn spent most of his career at Parsons as Associate Dean of the school. In that capacity, he worked closely with the academic departments and helped develop programs and relationships abroad, including the international spectrum of Parsons affiliates in Paris, Korea, Japan and the Dominican Republic.
Readers can benefit from Tim's considerable fashion wisdom in Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style (published in May 2007 by Abrams Image, an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc. www.abramsimage.com). He discusses every aspect of creating and maintaining your personal style: how to dress for various occasions, how to shop (from designer to chain to vintage stores), how to pick a fashion mentor, how to improve your posture, find the perfect fit, and more. He'll challenge every reader-whether a seasoned fashionista or a style neophyte-to "make it work".
The Advocate magazine labeled Gunn "The sanest man in reality television" in a March 2006 article and Entertainment Weekly called him called "a major arbiter of style" in June 2006.