He was not a fan of reality television, but changed his mind when he did Project Runway
Michael Kors & Kate Hudson toasted at Michael Kors Mandarin Gallery Flagship opening (Photo by: Getty Images for Michael Kors)
“To me, reality television showed people who ate bugs and try to vote each other off. I was concerned. Fashion’s something that I love and it was hard work. I didn’t want anything to make fun of the hard work that goes into fashion. I wanted it to be shown as the creative endeavour that it is.
The way that they convinced me to do the show… they said to me: “You are a design critic at fashion schools in New York at Parsons School of Design, at FIT, and you work with students. You’re going to do the same thing here. We’re just going to televise it. There’s no script. You just say what you think.”
The first year that I did it, I thought maybe this would last a year. Who knew? 10 seasons later, and the show is going strong. It’s a global phenomenon, and I think it’s shown people around the world this amazing alchemy that fashion is.”