Project Runway


10 Things You Might Not Know About Tim Gunn

Everything you need to know about Project Runway's style expert.

  1. Tim is from Washington, D.C. He was born on 29th July 1953.
  2. He attended university at Corcoran College of Art and Design, and later took up a teaching post at the school.  In 1983, he began working as Assistant Director of Admissions at the Parsons School for Design in New York City. 
  3. In 2000, Tim took over the Fashion department at Parsons, completely changing the school in the process. He said of his experience at the school: "It ended up being a tremendous labor of love. It was hugely daunting and hugely unsettling in many ways, but what kept me focused and kept me on a straight and narrow line were the students."
  4. He lives in New York City, which he calls "The most fabulous city in the world."
  5. He wasn't keen on Project Runway when he was originally approached about it. "I was a little haughty and I said that I felt what they wanted to do sounded terrible and that the industry was in enough trouble without a reality show," he said.
  6. Gunn left Parsons in 2007 to take on a new role as creative director for Liz Claiborne, Inc.
  7. He starred in his own spin-off show, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, for two seasons.
  8. He is not a fan of Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour. In 2015 he told Meredith Viera that he had been involved in "several" arguments with Wintour, stating "When people misbehave around me I call them out for their bad behavior."
  9. Tim is happily single, and doesn't think he'll ever settle down with a man. "I just don't see it happening," he said. "I'm really the happiest guy in the world, and the luckiest guy in the world. I don't feel any sense of something missing. At all."
  10. He has written his own book – a style guide called Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.