When Austin Scarlett got his auf wiedersehen and, Wendy Pepper took the spot destined for him at the Project Runway Fashion Week finale, there was a collective *gasp* among fans of the show. We hated Wendy. We loved Austin. This seemed like a case where the producers of the show intervened and used that option you see in the shows credits.
Austin grew up in a self-professed fairy-tale land of make believe in Oregon. He dressed his younger sisters sisters up as princesses, drew in classes rather than paying attention to the lessons and at 13 was expelled for his ‘unconventional’ dressing style. He was reinstated by a student protest (to end that on a happy note). Austin made his choice to be fabulous over plain and that was that.
In 2001, he went to Hollywood for a year and worked as a costume designer, but New York was calling. And here is where we met him. Project Runway Season 1. Austin helped set the stage for Project Runway to become a series. The interesting cast of that season drew fans in by the thousands. The designs were fun to watch, but the process, the personality conflicts all made the show a hit.
His not making it to the finale almost made me an ex-fan. Even I know he was talented and I don’t know anything.
Austin continues to do well for himself. Being your own person and not selling out can brings it’s own success. He has his own studio in the Flatiron District of Manhattan and his own line, aptly titled AUSTIN SCARLETT.
You can see his collection at his website at www.austinscarlett.com
This is a great photo because:
1. Austin got to have his picture taken all dressed up;
2. Austin gets to showcase a beautiful gown design;
3. His parents now have something to hang in that awkward open space in their living room that they may not have been able to fill otherwise.
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