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Project Runway #309 - Couture du Jour

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Challenge: Create a couture gown (hand made) in two days to be unveiled at a gala.

Guest Judges: Catherine Maladrino (1st Judgment), Richard Tyler (2nd Judgment).

In this second dual judging episode, the remaining six contestants are immediately thrown into design frenzy. Catherine Maladrino tells them: make a couture (completely hand-made) gown to be unveiled at a party. This is an assignment that will make or break the designers.

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Fresh ingredient for inspiration, the city of Paris is the perfect backdrop to unveil a couture gown. The designers spend a day touring the city with their sketchbooks, drawing their ideas at eventide, overlooking the glorious sprawl below them from the highest point in town.

In the work room, a miniature drama unfolds. The single character is Woody Allen played by Vincent. Pacing back and forth around his dressform, he gesticulates his grand ideas. Says he, “I trained in couture. My pattern will show couture.” Architect is doubtful of his final presentation: “Vincent is a legend in his own mind.” But this legendary skill isn’t translating to his dress. Uli thinks the material he used for the skirt looks like a sofa. The golden brocade would not have been my first choice for a couture gown. Too heavy. Too structured.