On the most recent episode of Lifetime’s Project Runway, the designers were inspired by young innovative individuals who are making a difference. They created their own textile using HP technology after meeting with the young innovators and learning about their efforts to make a better world.
All I had to do to find someone who inspires me was look at my Twitter feed. I first became aware of Sophia Bush when I watched the TV drama “One Tree Hill.” She played the character of Brooke Davis, a role I enjoyed watching and which led me to learn more about the actress. Sophia recently joined the cast of “Chicago PD.” Sophia consistently earns my respect and admiration for her willingness to stand up for her beliefs, including issues around equality and the environment. One organization with whom she’s been involved and for whom she advocates is Pencils of Promise. Pencils of Promise partners with communities around the globe to build schools, train teachers, provide scholarships, and improve healthcare for children.
It seems many young entertainers lose their way as they deal with success, so it was important to me to convey Sophia’s grace, poise, energy, and enthusiasm in my design, but also her sense of fun.
Since I don’t have Project Runway’s HP technology at my disposal, I had to create my own textile using paint. I chose a coral linen fabric as my canvas for bright colors that convey the light Sophia Bush radiates. I hoped the pattern I painted would show movement.
My model for the challenge is DJ, one of the Barbie Basics.
Although the designers weren’t asked to treat their inspiration as their clients–they wouldn’t be wearing their designs–I wanted to design something that I thought would look good on Sophia Bush as well as DJ.
The iridescent beading at the empire waist adds some sparkle.
The dress is short and flares but there’ll be no wardrobe malfunctions because DJ is wearing the right undergarments.
The shoes are by Mattel.
I hope we’ll be seeing Sophia Bush on our televisions for many years, and I’ll see you next time on the runway!
Previous designs this season:
Episode 12:10 Project Runway Superfan
Episode 12:9 Let’s Do Brunch
Episode 12:8 Having a Field Day
Episode 12:7 Shoes First!
Episode 12:6 Let’s Go Glamping!
Episode 12:5 YOU Choose Your Materials!
Episode 12:4 Tie the Knot
Episode 12:3 An Unconventional Coney Island
Episode 12:2 Million Dollar Runway
Episode 12:1 Sky’s The Limit