Here’s something to chew on through the weekend. If you watched last night’s Project Runway, you probably caught Heidi lobbing something along the lines of “it’s home-sewn mess” to Ra’Mon about his design (above). And in last week’s newspaper challenge, the phrase “arts & crafts” was thrown around with disdain. This has been a running theme in PR ever since Tim Gunn warned Daniel Vosovic in the season II finale that his bags looked “crafty.”
Now, I know what they mean, at least I think they do. Poor workmanship. Unprofessional. But I still can’t help cringing when they insult so much of what I stand for. I wish they’d tone it down, maybe replace these critical terms with “mass produced” or “cheap” or “amateur.” But I have the feeling it comes more from a snotty attitude towards people who sew from commercial patterns and maybe don’t have the knowledge of high fashion. But isn’t that where many fashion designers start? Isn’t that the level at which most of their audience works? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
P.S. Spoilers in the comments.