In case you couldn't already tell from a particularly dramatic tweet from us, Tim Gunn had a seriously major moment at the end of Project Runway last night. And if you haven't watched yesterday's episode, then beware for spoiler alerts throughout this post so read responsibly! We got the chance to chat with Tim about his Season 12 shocker, below.
Marie Claire: Obviously this episode is a total game-changer. What was your rationale for making the save NOW, at this point in the season?
Tim Gunn: I thought it was too early to do it when I did it last season it is always totally ad hoc and informal. At first I thought it might be too early to do this, but at the same time, I couldn't stand the thought of Justin leaving. I really believed that that who the bottom three were that Justin was the one we wanted to see more work from. I believe the judges made an error you know, Nina was going crazy over the "foaming vagina" and I just felt they went too far with Justin. I will also say I was extremely conflicted on whether to to use the save now. But as the season progressed, I reflected upon the Justin save, and there was never a moment when I said I wish I had that save for someone else.
MC: What was it about Justin specifically, as opposed to any of the other designers?
TG: He's a doll! He's the sweetest guy you'll ever meet an irresistible sweetheart. He just has such a generous spirit and is always cheerful and always such a positive presence in that workroom. We just couldn't get rid of him!
MC: In addition to being overwhelmingly positive, what are other values of some of your all-time favorite contestants?
TG: A willingness to hear criticism and an openness to hear it in the end, one must be responsible for one's own decision making; a respect for one's self and one's peers and anyone with whom one happens to interact thoughtful respectful behavior; truth telling and being honest; and a willing to say openly what one would say behind a closed door.