On almost every season of “Project Runway,” they do a challenge that involves creating an outfit for “real women.” And inevitably, every season at least one designer starts to bitch about how hard it is to design for a figure that is not a six-foot-tall size two. And every season it makes me want to blow my brains out.
Last night, the completely devoid of emotion or filter Ven Budhu, had to design for a woman who was plus-sized, and not prone to dresses. Granted, she obviously was not comfortable with the whole scenario, but unless you’re a designer who jumps straight to Milan-produced couture, (which, yeah, as if that would happen, ever), you’re gonna have to deal with clients. You’re gonna have to deal with difficult clients. If you want to make money, you have to try your best to make them happy
Ven (who is not a small man!) was unable to, and was just a complete ass the entire time (you can watch the episode below if you don’t believe me). Complaining how unfair it was that some designers got thinner models; pointedly telling his woman that none of the belts he picked out would fit her; constantly bitching that her style was awful, and her proportions “all wrong.”
And if you think he was just a victim of editing, take a look at his bilious Twitter feed. He’s convinced he was set up to fail. But if he was as good a designer as he claims to be, he should be able to win any challenge, right?
The bottom line is this: if a designer is unable to make a nice dress for a woman who’s a size fourteen, the fault is not with the size of the woman. The fault lies with the designer just plain sucking.