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Kiwi designer a Project Runway favourite

Kelly shines in fashion show

BRAD ROBERTS
Last updated 05:00 07/08/2014
Sean Kelly
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PASSION FOR DESIGN: Sean Kelly, a 23-year-old from Hawera, is to appear on Project Runway, the New-York based fashion show hosted by Heidi Klum.

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Taranaki fashion designer Sean Kelly's following is rapidly growing with his appearance on TV show Project Runway.

Kelly is seen as a serious contender to win the American show's 13th season after capturing the attention of audiences with his rack of menswear in the first challenge, and with mentor Tim Gunn calling the designs "fresh and different".

Kelly said he was always bound to miss his family while appearing on the show, but the schedule was demanding and he hardly had time to miss people. "The pressure to perform on the show was very, very intense and it really pushed my creativity to the limits," the 24-year-old said.

He has found the judges' comments constructive and to the point.

"I found the judges to be brutally honest and unpredictable, and I have a lot of respect for all of them. They were also very funny, especially Zac Posen," Kelly said.

The show's judges have said Kelly has a sophisticated eye for detail.

Fashion commentators have described Kelly's designs as breathtaking and on-trend, and perfect for New York Fashion Week.

New Zealand television networks are still unclear about screening the show. TV3 does not have plans to broadcast the series and Telecom NZ would not say if it would use its new online streaming service to screen the series.

*Brad Roberts is a Wintec journalism student

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