On the most recent episode of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the designers were instructed to create outfits for the world famous male revue Thunder from Down Under. These (ridiculously handsome and buff) male dancers wanted a new costume for their opening number. The tearaway feature was given as the most important facet of the clothes. Since the designers were working in teams creating three looks each, at least one of the designs had to be a suit.
Since there’s only me, probably I should have designed a suit, but I didn’t want to, though I did intend to go with a businessman look. As for my model for this challenge, all the members of Thunder From Down Under are, as their leader said, one hundred percent Australian. I just happen to employ a model from Middle Earth, and rumor has it that New Zealand, Australia’s neighbor, is the closest setting to Middle Earth there is. There didn’t seem to be any restrictions against elves, and Legolas was nearby because of another project I’m working on.
Enjoy objectifying my model. He doesn’t mind.
Because I know what you most want to see are his Mattel shoes:
No? Okay, then on with it. First of all, his shirt is easily torn off, because only the tie held it together and there are snaps on the cuffs. The shirt slips from under the elastic of the tie–which is the way many of my old Mattel ties were constructed, though I made this one. I thought leaving the tie on without the shirt would be a nice touch.
The back seam of the slacks was held together with a snap; once it was pulled open, the back part of the pants wouldn’t interfere with the front tearaway. Since Legolas arrived at the workroom commando under his costume, I also had to make his jersey boxers (the Thunder guys were all wearing boxers, as well).
The tearaway from the front was easy because the inseams were fastened with Velcro®.
Legolas is ready to dance!
If you didn’t watch this episode of PR, spoiler alert! If you did watch, you know that the judges were so disappointed that not only did they refuse to name a winner, but Heidi said she felt like they should end the season right there. They didn’t; it’ll be on next week. So what did Heidi think of my design?
She believes, to paraphrase Coco Chanel, that you should remove one accessory before you leave the runway. And you should put it around her neck and stand very close to her for a photo.
See you next time on the runway!
Shirt fabric was repurposed from a dress shirt of Tom’s. The Velcro® was in my mother’s sewing supplies.
To see previous designs from this season:
Episode 7: A Sticky Situation
Episode 6: Senior Fling
Episode 5: A Little Bit Country (A Little Bit Rock ‘N Roll)
Episode 4: The Ultimate Hard and Soft
Episode 3: Surprise Me
Episode 2: Spin Out
Episode 1: There Is No I In Team