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Tim Gunn

2015 Speaker

TIM GUNN is the Emmy-winning 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. He served as fashion dean at Fifth & Pacific, and 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. 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, with interviews appearing 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.  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 fourth book, “Tim Gunn: The Natty Professor: A Master Class on Mentoring, Motivating, and Making It Work!” in spring 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 is also the executive producer and star of “Project Runway: Under the Gunn,” the newest of the Runway franchise on Lifetime, and will next be seen as the star and executive producer of Lifetime’s “Project Runway Junior.”