Methinks someone over at "Ugly Betty" has been drinking some of the "Project Runway" Kool-Aid. The show has launched a contest for viewers to help design the dress Christina, the wardrobe girl, will make in an upcoming episode. The premise sounds an awful lot like a "Runway" challenge:
Christina, Mode magazine's resident keeper of "the closet," is commissioned by a prominent celebrity to design a dress to be worn at a formal public event — but she's snowed in at the office! With twelve hours to execute her design and no fabric to work with, Christina is forced to use everyday office supplies to make her creation.
Acceptable materials include tape, bubble wrap, shopping bags, calendars, paper clips, shoe boxes, and the like. (Hmmm, do coffee filters count?) Contestants should whip up some sketches of the design, along with instructions on how to put it together, and write a short essay explaining the concept. The deadline is Jan. 28, and the winner gets to go to the Feb. 2 taping of the episode.
But here's how you know ABC is really channeling Tim Gunn. The last words of the contest announcement? "It's time to REALLY make it work!"