It seems the idea behind the hit reality series, Project Runway, has extended its influence to the political domain. Mayor Bloomberg of New York City has just announced his groundbreaking new plan to keep his city's fashion industry intact. The only thing is—there's not much groundbreaking about it. His idea involves a citywide design competition, set to take off this fall, in which 12 up and coming designers will be picked on their potential. Sound familiar, Heidi? The winners of the competition will be chosen to participate in a city-sponsored fashion apprenticeship program, much like an incubator facility. Sound familiar, Chicago?
The project is aimed at helping New York attract young talent by providing cheap design space and ample resources. "New York City is the fashion capital of the world, but we're not about to take that for granted," Bloomberg said. The new fashion incubator space will be in the Garment District, where it
will be managed with the help of the CFDA. This seems to prove that Nannette Lepore's recent efforts to save New York's famed Garment District have not been in vain. The competition will begin next month, with the final picks expected in December. No word yet on whether Tim Gunn will be called on to supervise.
Article Source: The New York Post
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