Another reason to love Tim Gunn as much as we do. The Cincinnati Enquirer ran an excellent interview with him yesterday. Here is some of it…
Impeccably attired in a three-button suit of thick English
pinstripes, Tim Gunn looks more like a polished London gold dealer than
a former college professor.
Gunn, who taught at Parsons The New
School for Design for nearly 25 years, is creative director of Liz
Claiborne Inc. and star of two of cable television’s hottest shows: Project Runway and Tim Gunn’s Guide to Style. Both shows are on Bravo.
also appeared in a Macy’s TV ad during the 2007 holiday season with
fellow fashionista Martha Stewart, touting Stewart’s special collection
for the retailer.
Gunn attended a National Retail Federation meet-and-greet at
Manhattan’s 21 Club on Monday and in a crowded clubroom upstairs,
surrounded by C-suite executives of some of the nation’s largest
retailers. He agreed to a chat with Enquirer business reporter John
Question: That signature phrase of yours – “carry on” – it’s nice. Where did it come from?
I’m not sure I can tell you where that came from but probably my
classes. It’s just a way of not saying goodbye, of not saying “Later.”
It was a way of telling my students to keep working – to carry on.
I have a notion that in all walks of life, no matter the career, people
must have vision and that sometimes – usually – failure occurs because
that vision is often never realized because a vision takes time.
Does a vision really take time? I have some thoughts about it. One is
that you can have an idea or a thought that can percolate or evolve but
the other is this: a concept sometimes needs to be a surgical strike.
It happens all the time with my students. I tell them, ‘you can’t wait
for the divine muse to strike you because your deadline is Thursday.
Work from the visceral.’