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Tim Gunn Dresses Down Congress

Congresswomen and senators are an embarrassment sartorially, says Tim Gunn, Bravo network's fashion god and star of its reality hit "Project Runway" and soon "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style."

"I was on Capitol Hill a few months ago advocating for the Design Piracy Prohibition Act, and I can't tell you how many congresswomen and senators came up to me and said, 'Don't look at me. Don't talk to me -- I'm not a fashion person.'," Gunn complained to TV critics attending Summer TV Press Tour 2007, who were mostly dressed in varying degrees of day-at-the-park-with-the-kids though, in fairness, there were a couple really nice sport coats, and one critic was wearing a lovely new Hugo Boss suit -- moss green with the thinnest of blue stripes.

Fortunately Gunn, dressed to within an inch of his life in an impeccably tailored suit, and a tie with the most perfect of knots, could not see them from stage owing to the bright lights. We know this because he was not weeping.

Instead, he continued talking about those fashion-disaster congresswomen and senators:

"I finally said to one of them, 'You know, you have a constituency that is judging you largely upon how you look. So, don't you feel you have a responsibility to project who you think people think you are, and want you to be, as opposed to saying "Well, I can dress like a schlump and no one will care because I'm responsible in other ways."?'"

Clothing designers, he said, "are a barometric gauge of their culture, and there is a huge base of theory around fashion. It's not something that should be trivialized."

Did any of the intrepid critics ask Gunn to which congresswomen and senators he was referring? Sadly no -- they'd moved on to more pressing matters: "Why do you think the little black dress is so sexy?"

By Lisa de Moraes  |  July 16, 2007; 2:01 AM ET
Categories:  Summer TV Press Tour 2007  
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What dedication, posting at 2:00 a.m. I love Tim and he is right to remind the senators and congresspersons they are responsible to others.

Posted by: mhtalbut | July 16, 2007 10:55 AM | Report abuse

No one voted or didn't vote for Bernie Sanders because he was dressed like a "schlump."

Posted by: dan | July 18, 2007 9:14 AM | Report abuse

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