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Former Host, Lifetime's "Project Runway"

Tim Gunn: Biography at a Glance

  • Former co-host and mentor for Lifetime's six-time Emmy-nominated Project Runway
  • Former Fashion Dean at Fifth & Pacific
  • Former Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc.
  • Author of New York Times best-selling Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible
  • Works with charitable organizations PETA, the Human Rights Campaign and National Domestic Violence Hotline

Tim Gunn is the Emmy-winning former co-host and mentor for Lifetime’s Project Runway, where he also serves as one of the show’s producers. He and co-host Heidi Klum won the 2013 Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality Competition Program, nabbing the award after his first nomination. The pair will soon be seen a brand new fashion-oriented reality show produced by Amazon Studios. In addition to his television prowess, he served as Fashion Dean at Fifth & Pacific, where he was responsible for attracting, retaining and developing the creative talent within the portfolio of brands.

Prior to his office at Fifth & Pacific, he was the Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. Gunn served as a member of the administration and faculty at Parsons School of Design for 29 years and has a rich and deep history with the institution. In August 2000, Gunn was appointed Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons with the charge of retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century. Under his direction, the department was repositioned as the indisputable leader in fashion design education in America and as one of only a handful of leading programs in the world. Upon leaving Parsons, Gunn received the title of Honorary Chair of Fashion Design at the school. In addition, Liz Claiborne, Inc. endowed a scholarship in his name.

Gunn has lectured widely on fashion and lifestyle design and, especially, Parsons’ profound role in putting America on the global design map. His interviews have appeared in a wide range of publications, from Newsweek and The New York Times to Entertainment Weekly and Martha Stewart Living, as well as Women’s Wear Daily, Fortune and Fast Company. In 2009 he delivered the keynote at Harvard Business School’s Conference on Luxury Retail in 2009. He has also covered the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards and Golden Globes for The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight, and he co-hosted the Official Oscar Red Carpet Pre-Show in 2009 and 2011 for ABC. Tim is also the executive producer and star of Project Runway: Under the Gunn.

Gunn is also a New York Times best-selling author penning Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style, Gunn’s Golden Rules: Life’s Little Lessons for Making It Work, and Tim Gunn’s Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet. Tim released his third book, Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor: A Master Class on Mentoring, Motivating, and Making It Work! in 2015.

He has written articles for Elle, Seventeen, People, US Weekly and Fortune and has a monthly feature in People Style Watch and Marie Claire. Gunn was named one of People magazine’s “Sexiest Men Alive” in 2006. Finally, Marvel comics made him a superhero in their 2009 revival of Models, Inc. with a special feature, “Loaded Gunn,” in which he dons the Iron Man armor to fight crimes against fashion.

“Tim was wonderful!!! Many, many people commented to me that they thought it was our best event yet.”

Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance, Texas

“Warm, caring, giving, funny - I can't say enough positive things about him. The crowd absolutely adored him and it was the biggest seated and standing room only crowd we've seen.”

Erickson Publishing

“Tim Gunn was simply brilliant! Has the gift of making everyone in the room feel special and there was such a wonderful buzz throughout the museum.”

Minneapolis Institute of Art

“Mr. Gunn was everything they could have hoped for and more--charming, warm, effusive, participatory. He was so wonderful and professional to work with.”


“Tim Gunn is one of the finest human beings I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The response from every corner of my world has been overwhelming.”

Illinois State University

“Tim was so wonderful to our star-struck guests (and staff!). He arrived early and stayed late, graciously chatting, signing autographs, and posing for photos.”

Goodwill Industries of Denver

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