Last night’s premier episode of ‘Project Runway: Season Nine’ had all the twists, turns, and surprises that the Lifetime Television Network has been promising fans. Earlier this month the network released the names of all twenty designers who were slated to appear on the show after many months of casting. ‘Project Runway’ normally begins with only sixteen hopeful designers and many wondered how or why so many extra were appearing on this ninth season.
In a move that surprised everyone from the fans to the selected competitors after a short interview period four fashion designers were cut before they ever even got to accept a challenge or make a garment. The four eliminated designers were Gunnar Deatherage (and early favorite among fans), Amanda Perna, Serena da Conceicao, and 29 year old Boston designer David Chum.
Chum received early attention and high hopes from fans of the show when his name appeared as one of the forthcoming ‘Project Runway’ designers. Chum, whose education is in the fine arts and whose artwork appears in galleries across the country and online, got his start, and several awards, designing costumes for his high school theater productions. Many very successful ‘Project Runway’ designers from seasons past had theater experience and it seemed that Chum’s unique background mixing costuming and fine arts would make him a strong competitor in the reality television fashion competition.
Click here to see ‘Project Runway’ designer Mondo Guerra’s theater costumes
On top of this experience in 2009 David Chum launched his own clothing label, Selahdor. Just in the past year he became the first recipient of the Boston based Emerging Designer Fund, an award that provides funding and professional services to talented fashion designers in the New England area.
Luckily, ‘Project Runway’ fans who are disappointed by Chum’s early elimination from the show have the opportunity to see his newest Selahdor collection live and in person later this summer at Styleweek Providence.
Styleweek Providence is a bi-annual fashion event, based off of more established fashion weeks like those held in New York and Milan, that highlights the food, arts, and fashion of the greater Providence area. This next Styleweek Providence will also see many nationally known designers joining the ranks. Former ‘Project Runway’ designers Jonathan Joseph Peters, Peach Carr, and April Johnston will also be showing along with David Chum and other local designers.
Click here to read an interview with designer Peach Carr
Styleweek Providence begins August 28. Chum’s Selahdor runway show will be held on September 3. There are a limited number of tickets available for purchase here. Click here to see a selection of works from David Chum.