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Web tease: Tim Gunn dishes advice to Ohio State fashionistas

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Television personality, educator and fashion guru Tim Gunn told Ohio State students how he made it in his career.

Gunn, widely known for his role as a consultant on Bravo’s “Project Runway,” visited Mershon Auditorium Sunday for an Ohio Union Activities Board-sponsored event as part of OSU’s Fashion Week.

After Gunn shouted “O-H” to the room and received a bounding “I-O” in return, he sounded surprised by the enthusiasm.

“Wow, that really worked,” he said.

Student designers from the Fashion Production Association were given the opportunity to show one of their designs at the event from the “Step Right Up” FPA Fashion Show, which was held Saturday. Gunn was asked to give his opinion of their work.

“I’m nervous but really honored,” said Samantha Morgan, a fourth-year in fashion and retail studies and president of FPA. “It’s a huge opportunity.”

Morgan said she watches “Project Runway” “religiously.”

Alexandra Ruiz, a third-year graduate student in architecture and co-director of design for FPA, said she was also excited to speak with Gunn.

“He’s an icon,” Ruiz said. “I’m looking forward to his point of view.”

While most students scrutinized their closets looking for something to wear to the event, Meghan Plumly, a third-year in fashion and retail studies and international business and co-director of design for FPA, had a different idea.

“I went out and bought a new (outfit),” Plumly said.

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