From time to time when I'm not reading, eating, or occupied with something in my down time outside of work, every now and then I'll watch the television show Project Runway. Being someone who is into fashion and the creative energy that goes into it, I think it's cool to see some of the pieces that these budding designers can come up with and see their interpretations and different inspirations. Yeah some of it may not be something that I would like or wear, but some of it is pretty cool. All in all, I know that it's someone else's artistic expression through fashion and I can respect that, along with the time and effort it takes to put into it. I also get that it's a competition, and that their will be winners and losers and I'm okay with that. I'm actually very competitive, I like to win at everything and I think competition can bring out the absolute best in people.
But one thing that I don't like about the show is how arrogant and mean some of the judges can be. I understand that some of the designers miss the mark on their pieces and create garments that I, and maybe even they as the creators wouldn't want to wear after they've viewed the finished product. But I find it somewhat hilarious and interesting that the fate or careers and desire to want to design may be destroyed all because of some "judge" who claims to have an eye for fashion or be a fashion expert. One judge on the show that completely blows my mind is former super model Heidi Klum. I have watched her completely dismantle some of the contestants, crushing their self confidence on certain pieces as if she is the god of fashion and knows it all. To me, I dont think anyone can know it all when it comes to fashion because like art, it's open to interpretation.
Certain folks can pull of certain looks that others can't, and certain people carry themselves in a way so that the greatest looking tailored garment may look horrible. All in all, fashion is about how a certain individual feels about themselves and their clothes. So to hear her tell some contestants that what they've created is horrible or not fit for anyone to wear is ridiculous. If you don't like it or you don't think it fits the theme for that particular challenge then just say that. Yes, some artist's interpretation can miss the mark on theme because their view or their inspirtation manifests itself in a very different from yours. But that's just it, it's just a difference in opinions. How idiotic would she sound if one of these garments that she trashes actually catches fire and many people start wearing it? It's also funny to me because of the many times I've watched the show, Klum has very sparingly worn anything that stands out to me or looks attractive, as the case with some of the other judges.
Sometimes I can dig what they're wearing and sometimes I can't. Either way, that's my opinion, It doesn't mean that the designer lacks ability or inspiration. It just means the ability and way they chose to express their design through that garment doesn't align with my perceptions of a good look. I guess that's why I can't stand fashion police. Wear whatever makes you feel comfortable and truly expresses what or who you are. But to critisize or make the claim that someone else's artistic expression is terrible makes no sense, after all, if art is open to interpretation and a form of someone's own expression, then how could it ever really be wrong? Anyway, I think I just figured out the second reason why I like the show. Not only is it interesting to see creativity and expression in fashion, but it's comical as well. It's comical to see a panel of people who don't dress themselves or dress that well consistently, tell someone else that their creativity is terrible.