It’s Ladies’ Night on Project Runway
Get your DVRs ready, feminists, because the finale of this season’s Project Runway airs tonight, and for the first time in the show’s history all three contestants are female. (For those not familiar with the show, Project Runway brings budding fashion designers together to compete for a $100,000 prize and a runway show at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park.) In the past, the three finalists have been both male and female (although the designs presented are always women’s wear—what’s up with that?), with only one female contestant ever taking home the grand prize.
The fashion industry has a long history of promoting male designers of women’s clothing, from Oscar de la Renta (who showed a collection at the very first NY Fashion Week in 1943) to current Runway judge Michael Kors; women have always come in, well, second. But tonight, the ladies are coming in first, second, and third. So whether the show’s winner is architecturally inspired Leanne, vintage-loving Kenley, or free-flowing Korto (and we’ve all got our favorites), tonight’s finale promises to be a stride forward for female fashion designers and the feminists who love them.
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