Monday, August 08, 2011
Casting...to Runway Three weeks ago, Season 9 of Project Runway premiered and before the very first episode, Lifetime Network featured a Project Runway Casting Special "Road To Runway", hosted by the one and only Tim Gunn. It is an inside scoop on the behind-the-scenes casting selection process of which I, yes I, was part of. For the Lord-knows-how-many-seasons-now, I have been honored (and humbled) to be invited as a Casting Selection Judge.
Marie Claire's Senior Fashion Editor Zanna Roberts Rassi, Seth Aaron Henderson and Nick Verreos
This time around, I was joined by Marie Claire's Zanna Roberts-Rossi, as well as Season 7 Winner Seth Aaron Henderson--who was the "Head Daddy" at all of this season's castings. I think he racked up MANY Frequent Flyer Miles on this gig (so jealous!). During the LA Castings, we picked TWO of this season's final cast members: Bert Keeter--the "102 year old" designer who's worked for Halston, Arnold Scassi, among others. His story and well "come back" of sorts, got Zanna, Seth Aaron and I all verklempt during the Casting Day. As well as Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising/FIDM's Joshua Christensen. Joshua is a current student in the Advanced Fashion Design/Debut Program and was unfortunately eliminated last week during the "Haute Pee Pee" Challenge, as I call it. But Bert, well, he's still "in it to win it". In case you missed the Project Runway Season 9 "Road To Runway" Special, click HERE !

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