Tim Gunn, our favorite sartorial critic, is in the eye of the storm—again. As I chronicled in Fast Company's April issue profile "Project Rehab," the former head of Parsons' Fashion program has had a dizzying career trajectory since turning 50 (take note AARP!): landing his own TV show on Bravo, recruited to rewire Liz Claiborne Inc's $5 billion design culture, and of course, breakout stardom on Bravo's Project Runway.
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As an academic renegade, Tim Gunn pushed Parsons the New School for Design to adopt a businesslike curriculum. Now the star of Project Runway is trying to revive Liz Claiborne as its chief creative officer. Can he "make it work" or is it "auf Wiedersehen" for a once-great American fashion house?