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Fast Facts

  • Was a championship swimmer in high school.
  • Has speculated that, as a child on one of the FBI tours, he may have met J. Edgar Hoover in drag.
  • Originally studied architecture and literature in college before eventually earning a degree in sculpture.
  • Was the associate dean at Parsons The New School for Design, where he was tasked with updating the curriculum.
  • Participated in the anti-bullying campaign It Gets Better Project, where he revealed that, as a teenager, he had taken pills in a suicide attempt.
  • Known for his catchphrase "Make it work," which he uses to encourage the designers on reality show Project Runway.
  • Has authored several books, including Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style.
  • Became the chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne in 2007, overseeing and advising the 45 different labels.


  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program: Winner
  • 2015, Producers Guild Awards — Outstanding Producer of Competition Television: Nominee
  • 2014, Emmy — Outstanding Reality-Competition Program: Nominee
  • 2013, Emmy — Outstanding Reality/Competition Program: Nominee


  • George William Gunn — Father
  • Kim Gundy — Sister
  • Nancy Gunn — Mother


  • Corcoran College of Art and Design, Washington, DC (BFA in Sculpture, 1976)

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  • Birth Name: Timothy M. Gunn
  • Birth Place: Washington, DC
  • Birthday: July 29, 1953, Leo
  • Profession: Fashion consultant
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