09th Aug2011

Repurpose Project Runway Style

by Dinah Wulf

Repurpose Project Runway Style

So I normally don’t write blog posts about clothing design, but since I am an admitted reality show junkie, and I have an obsession with all things repurposed, I had to do this post on Repurpose Project Runway Style.

The new season of Project Runway just started and the last episode was the unconventional challenge.  This challenge has always been my favorite part of the show, because the designer’s creativity and imagination is truly tested by repurposing unconventional items into a wearable garment. Some examples of challenges from past seasons are items from a candy shop, car parts, flowers and greenery, and hardware.

This season’s challenge was Pet Store design.  The contestants had to present a design made entirely out of items from a pet store.  They made dresses out of everything from wee-wee pads to bird seed.  Here were the top three.  The first look is entirely made out of birdseed, the second from aquarium rocks, and the third from hamster bedding and a dog bed.

These looks are from the hardware store challenge in which they had a budget of $150.00.  Contestants used metal, duct tape, copper wire, and nails.

In the candy store challenge in season four, designers used, candy wrappers, Twizzlers, peppermint patties, and chocolate from the Hershey store in Times Square.

I have saved the best for last.  The eco-friendly flower challenge from season two is probably my favorite.   The contestants had to create a design that is appropriate for a garden party constructed out of flowers and plants.


Another reality show obsession… Check out Million Dollar Look For Less… my take on Bravo’s Million Dollar Decorator!



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Dinah Wulf
Dinah is a craft, home décor, & DIY Blogger for www.diyinspired.com, an eco-friendly site promoting repurposing through reinvention. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Speech Communication from California State University Fullerton. Formerly an educator at CSUF and business owner, she now is a full time writer, Curator for Style Me Pretty Living, 3M DIY Expert, and a member of Martha’s Circle. She has blogged for multiple websites including Fix.com, Earth 911, Home Made Simple, and Sprout Online and has been published in a few magazines and ebooks. Her website, DIY Inspired has been recognized by Mashable, Parenting.com, and Buzzfeed.
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