STORY BY PAIGE ERNSTE
Tim Gunn, American fashion consultant and television personality, will give the 33rd lecture in the Martin Bucksbaum Distinguished Lecture series tonight at 7 p.m. at the Knapp Center.
Gunn is the Chief Creative Officer of Liz Claiborne Inc., Kate Spade and co-host of the six-time Emmy-nominated “Project Runway.”
Before working for Liz Claiborne, Gunn served as a faculty member at Parsons School of Design, he was later appointed chair of the department of fashion.
He began appearing on “Project Runway” as a mentor during its first season in 2004, and is known for his catchphrase, “make it work.”
Gunn’s success with “Project Runway” led to two spin-off shows, “Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style” on Bravo and “Under the Gunn” on Lifetime.
He has also written two books. His first, “A Guide to Quality, Taste, and Style,” was the core of his show on Bravo. His second, “Gunn’s Golden Rules,” was released on Sept. 7 and has already risen to No. 5 on The New York Times bestseller list.
Students are excited to listen to Gunn and interested to hear what he has to say.
“I’m curious as to what Tim will have to offer students at Drake. I always just thought of him as the “Project Runway” guy and never really as someone who’d have something to offer college students,” said sophomore Amelia Hammond.
Some students were surprised to hear the speaker choice.
“I was a little surprised when it was first announced that a fashion icon was coming, seeing as the previous speakers consisted of an astrophysicist and a former president,” said junior Kevin Maisto. “However, I think that Tim Gunn has the right amount of energy and the right perspective for our campus right now, and I’m so looking forward to hearing his message.”
Tim Gunn was recognized by students for his work on Project Runway.
“I am so excited for Tim Gunn to come. I love “Project Runway.” I was super impressed that Drake had the connections to bring him here, too,” said first-year Sierra Burgos