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Podcast Transcript for Episode 9:
Hi I’m Tim Gunn and this is my podcast for the garden party. We’re coming out of our last episode, “Inspiration” in which Zulema loses. Zulema is out and Daniel Vosovic has his third win. And I have to say that Daniel’s win was the highest level of design achievement that he has reached. And he really did push himself, he was more ambitious, and I felt very very proud about what he delivered.
Heidi introduces our next challenge which is to design an outfit for a garden party, and I have to say this is my favorite episode of the season, I believe. We had a tremendous amount of fun and a tremendous amount of angst. And we’ll talk about it.
So Heidi announces that they are designing an outfit for a garden party and she sends them to the Atlas, and they have a nice night’s sleep. The next morning at 6 o’clock (I had already been up for a couple of hours). I ring their doorbell and announce that we are taking one of our infamous field trips. And we are! They’re, once again, disarmed by this entire experience. Where are we going? What are we doing? What tricks does Project Runway have up its sleeve? We arrive in the flower district of Manhattan, which is several blocks of flower and plants stores. I gather the designers around me (we are at the Plant House), and announce that they have one hour and $150 to shop for plants, only. They cannot use anything other plants and plant-related materials. The infrastructure can be plant wire or mesh but that is their medium. And they really do have to make it work.
I think the most stunning thing for the designers was the cost of the flowers. $150 sounded like an ample budget, but in fact we were not going to be able to make “Tournament of Roses” floats with this money. They had to be very cautious and very thrift-minded in their spending-- very strategic in what plants they were looking for. And I have to add that there was another dimension to this that I really give them a lot of credit for. They were thinking very keenly and very seriously about decomposition-- about what would the effects be the next day on these materials. I know they must have had Austin’s cornhusk dress in their minds, because we all know what happened to that. Austin did make it work, but it was very touch and go. So they were cautious and understandably so. It was the cost of flowers they found most daunting, and the flowers that were bought that were living (there were some dried flowers that were bought), were all in small vials of water so they could feed off that water and, hopefully, survive. But they were expensive, and largely, orchids. So it was a big challenge, and not unlike shopping at Mood, shopping in the plant district (we were at the plant house, fisher and page, and jamali), the designers knew that these were their ingredients. Once we got back to the workroom, this was all they were going to have available to them. So they really had to project forward what was going to work for them and what their design would be.
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