Tim Gunn didn't always use the mantra 'Make it work'

April 14, 2015 7:00 PM

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On Project Runway, Tim Gunn is known as a mentor who’s constantly encouraging designers to “Make it work.” In fact, those three words have become the reality TV star and teacher’s tagline. But that wasn’t always Gunn’s go-to phrase.

But Gunn realized that was not the best teaching tactic. Instead, he found it more helpful for his design students– specifically the students in his pre-Runway 3D design class –“to offer diagnosis for what was going wrong, and a prescription for how to make it work,” he said.

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