This week, in celebration of women with curves, I got the chance to interview the talented Gunnar Deatherage. Gunnar is currently competing on Season 10 of Project Runway. I hardly get the chance to really watch the show, when the season is actually being shown on TV. This season, though, I've been trying to catch each episode as it comes on Hulu.
I wanted to interview Gunnar based on Episode 6. The challenge was to design clothing for everyday women. In stark contrast to Ven, Gunnar treated his client with such respect and care. I was genuinely touched by how invested he seemed in the project and her. It was evident when she strutted down the runway with such attitude and confidence. My goal has always been to help women feel better about themselves. Gunnar did that so beautifully. Read on to hear what he says about designing for women with curves and more.
TOF: Tell us a bit about your background and career, Gunnar.
Well I'm 22. I'm from Louisville but I grew up in a tiny town called Madison, Indiana. I am self taught and look at fashion as my art. It's a way to express myself. I am a certified master hairstylist, as well as a personal stylist and makeover consultant!
TOF: What inspires you?Hell, what doesn't? The world we live in is a fascinating place, ya know? How can you not pull from all that nature has to offer?
TOF: How did you find out you got on Project Runway?I was driving one day and got a call, and they asked me to come back and audition!
TOF: Tell us about your line and where it's sold.
My line is always daring. The woman who would wear a Deatherage piece has to be confident. If she isnt, I'm sure the piece will make her feel that way! I only do originals. There is only one of every piece. It makes them art and not merchandise.
This was my challenge! This is what I do at home! I I run on the feeling of people feeling good due to my talent and skills. It's never about the money. I strongly feel that a size 14-16 woman should feel just a beautiful and have just as nice a selection of clothing, and I'll say it. It doesn't exist. It's a limited market. Hopefully I can push it in the direction it needs to go!TOF: At Tabs On Fashion, we love focusing on fashion for women with curves. We may have fallen in love with you just a little bit after we saw the episode in which you designed for a 'real' woman. You were effortlessly kind and helped her feel so confident and beautiful. Tell us about that challenge and what it meant for you.Well, this is Kentucky and we do live in the Midwest so absolutely! Every type of curve exists here and as long as they are willing to step out of their comfort zone and into a Deatherage piece, we are in business.TOF: Do you have clients that are women with curves?Accentuate the positive! Don't hide what you don't like, just draw attention away from it. Accentuating the waist is a great option but so is the bust. If it is there, show it off ;)TOF: What is your number one tip for dressing with curves?I don't know if you guys would count her but Khloe Kardashian. I love her. She is not scrawny and does not try to be. She's confident, bold and I think a great example.TOF: Which celeb with curves is your fave style diva?
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