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Monday, January 25, 2010

Chicago's Ping Wu on Project Runway

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Have you been watching spritelike Chicago fashion designer Ping Wu on this season's Project Runway? Get to know her with this video featuring Wu in front of her home as she shows off a knit slipper that can apparently also be used as a loofah and talks about the influence of Chanel on her work.

Her "ballet russes" pants inspire Tim Gunn to create a new adjective—"pingish."

Wu won points from the judges for creativity, but her Asian peasant ensemble lost a few points for lack of hanger appeal. I object: clothes at these price points are marketed to sophisticated consumers in high-end boutiques with educated salespeople. They don't typically end up on the rack at Bloomingdale's.

Wu talks about the clash between the culture of her native China, where humility about one's abilities and talents is the norm, and the inflated egos of reality TV, which surprise her. (Had she not seen the show before?) Should her career take off, it'll be interesting if her down-to-earth values—designing things to please herself, preferring real people to model her clothes—will survive the realities of business and the fashion industry. It might mean sacrificing world fashion domination, but I'd like to think they would.

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