Tim Gunn Explained

Tim Gunn
Birth Date:29 July 1953
Birth Place:Washington, D.C.
Occupation:Fashion consultant and television personality; chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne, Inc

Timothy M. Gunn (born July 29, 1953) is an American fashion consultant and television personality. He was chair of fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design from August 2000 to March 2007, until he joined Liz Claiborne as its chief creative officer. He is well-known as on-air mentor to designers on the Bravo reality television program Project Runway. Gunn's popularity on Project Runway led to his spin-off show, Bravo's Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, as well as his book A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style.


Gunn was born and raised in Washington, D.C. His father was an FBI agent under J. Edgar Hoover.[1] Gunn was a championship swimmer throughout high school,[1] and later attended the Corcoran College of Art & Design, receiving a BFA in sculpture.[2] He came to Parsons in 1982 and served as Associate Dean from 1989–2000, becoming a department chair in August 2000. He was credited with "retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century".

Gunn began appearing on Project Runway during its first season in 2004, and is known for his catchphrases "Make it work" and "Carry on". Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, a reality show in which Gunn gives advice to the fashion-challenged, debuted September 6, 2007 on the Bravo television network. The show is slated to run for eight episodes.

Gunn also played a version of himself as a reporter for the fictional Fashion TV on the ABC television series Ugly Betty on February 1, 2008 and February 8, 2007.

Gunn joined Liz Claiborne as the company's chief creative officer in March 2007.

In April 2007, Abrams Image Publishers released Gunn's book A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, co-written with Kate Moloney. While on tour in Palm Springs, California, the nearby city of Palm Desert honored him with an official resolution declaring April 27, 2007 (the day of his visit) "Timothy M. Gunn Day". He was also presented with a certificate by the city of Palm Springs and a plaque by the nearby city of Rancho Mirage in recognition of his career achievements.

Gunn lives in New York City. He is gay. In a 2006 interview with Instinct, Gunn stated that he had not been in a relationship since the abrupt end of a six-year relationship, and that he still loves his former partner, though they are not in touch.

Subject of an opera

In August 2007, "Tim Gunn's Podcast (a reality chamber opera)" by Jeffrey Lependorf premiered at the Cornelia Street Cafe in New York City.[3] It received its first run one year later at New York International Fringe Festival.

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Notes and References

  1. Web site: 10 Things You Need To Know About Tim Gunn. Radar Magazine.
  2. News: Naked Gunn: Bravo's style maven and gay icon, Tim Gunn. Metro Weekly. Randy Shulman. 27 September 2007. 2008-03-13.
  3. http://www.jeffreylependorf.com/