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"Ugly Betty" Meets "Project Runway"

"Ugly Betty" Meets "Project Runway"

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!"


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Fergie-Ferg Fergie-Ferg 10 years
sounds fun. at least they acknowledged that the idea was a total rip-off. make it work!
kimretta kimretta 10 years
or maybe they've taken all the clothes somewhere else for a shoot? I ... have no idea. sounds pretty funny, though! I really like her character, so I'm excited for more Christina!
Neural Neural 10 years
I agree, kscincotta-- sounds cool but I was thinking the same thing about being stuck there with all the clothes! Wonder how they're going to work that little problem out in the show? Maybe she doesn't have the key to the closet for some reason?
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
It's a fun idea and all, but if she was stuck at Mode, she would have tons of clothes to take apart and use those fabrics, right?
Linda-McP Linda-McP 10 years
This could be fun. Love the link to the coffee filter outfit. Bubble wrap could be most interesting.
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