Gifts for the Project Runway Enthusiast

It's not size, label, or even the thought that counts - it's all about style. Here, chic gift ideas fit for the runway.

By Ashlee Davis

June 1, 2009 11:24 AM
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Tim Gunn Talking Bobblehead

The perfect gift for someone fashionable and funny, the Tim Gunn Talking Bobblehead encourages passersby to "make it work" and "carry on." Find out if your co-worker is a fan of the show and this silly toy could be the perfect addition to their desk collection.

$24.95, projectrunway.seenon.com

Fierce Style

Fierce Style: How to Be Your Most Fabulous Self by Christian Siriano, Rennie Ryball

Who wouldn't want to be fierce like Christian Siriano, the youngest and arguably most successful winner of Project Runway? In his first book, Christian teaches readers how to look, feel, and act fierce. It includes original sketches by Christian as well as tips from celebrities like Victoria Beckham, one of his biggest fans!

$17.99, barnesandnoble.com

Dress Forms

Since models don't want to hang out all day and night in the Project Runway work room, contestants heavily rely on dress forms to get the job done each episode. This gift will keep on giving by helping your fashion designer fit and measure all of their garment creations.

$219.99, joann.com

Complete Seasons on DVD

What better gift for a Project Runway enthusiast than the complete seasons on DVD? They can relive all of their favorite moments and refer back to advice given by Heidi, Tim, the judges, and cast members! With features like "Wear Are They Now?," "Deleted Seams," and designer galleries, it will keep them watching all day long.

$17.99-$39.99, barnesandnoble.com

Fashion Design Kit for Dummies

For the fan who desperately wants to be a fashion designer like the contestants on Project Runway, but doesn't know a pin from a piece of thread, this book will help get them started!

$9.99, joann.com

Mood Designer Fabrics Gift Card

You may have all the creativity in the world, but if you don't know how to sew like a pro on Project Runway, the judges will notice!

Let's face it: fabric can be expensive! So for fashion designers that make their own clothes and don't need anymore, a fabric gift card will go to good use. Plus, Mood Designer Fabrics is often featured on the show. So naturally, it's home to all Project Runway junkies!

$5-$500, moodfabrics.com

Twinkle Sews

Twinkle Sews: 25 Handmade Fashions from the Runway to Your Wardrobe

Fashion designer, Wenlan Chia shares her sewing patterns from her elegant Twinkle line. This book will help your favorite sew-bunny create chic items like an Annie Hall Skirt or Flapper Camisole. Full size patterns are included on a CD so they can be printed and customized to any body shape.

On sale September 29, 2009

$18.74, barnesandnoble.com

Fashion Sketchbook

While knowing how to sew is a solid start, sketching is where the fashion design process truly begins. So even if your friend might not be expecting it, a fashion sketchbook is a fun, unique gift to give!

$73.15, barnesandnoble.com

The Professional Sewing Machine

You may have all the creativity in the world, but if you don't know how to sew like a pro on Project Runway, the judges will notice!

Cased in vintage-inspired, pewter-toned finish, this Singer sewing machine will help you step up your game. Capable of sewing over 1,000 stitches per minute, this beauty also serves as a fashionable piece of furniture!

$299, urbanoutfitters.com

Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style

Project Runway would not be the same without Tim Gunn. This book will counsel the fashion lover in your life as if Tim were looking over their shoulder in the workroom. Every aspect of style is discussed, from picking a fashion mentor to finding the perfect fit. And with Tim's two cents thrown in, it's a delightful read!

$15.16, barnesandnoble.com

Thread Box

We've seen how messy the workroom at Parsons gets on Project Runway. Fashion designers always need storage, right? This ArtBin Thread Box could be just what your friend needs to get organized!

$24.99, joann.com

Design-It-Yourself Clothes

By former Urban Outfitters designer, Cal Patch

This book offers your fashionista a fresh approach to modern patternmaking - and teaches them everything they'll need to know to become a fabulous fashion designer.

On sale September 22, 2009

$18.74, barnesandnoble.com

A Year In Fashion

This stunning gift book includes a year's worth of two page fashion spreads – one for every day of the year! From centuries old to super modern, it encompasses the history of fashion with memorable photography and anecdotes.

$29.95, barnesandnoble.com

Make It Work! Burnout Tee

In the words of Tim Gunn, every contestant has to "make it work!" The saying has become more than a simple catchphrase. It's motivation for every aspiring fashion designer (and all fashionistas) to work with what you’ve got! This tee is a great gift that works for all occasions.

$24.95, projectrunway.seenon.com

Fashion Inside Out

Fashion Inside Out: Daniel V's Guide to How Style Happens from Inspiration to Runway and Beyond by Daniel Vosovic, Michael Turek (Photographer), Tim Gunn (Foreword by)

Unlike other guides to style, Daniel Vosovic's book explains high fashion from inspiration to execution, giving readers an inside look on the exclusive, glamorous world of fashion. It's a great gift for a person who already has a strong fashion sense, but wants to learn more!

$29.95, barnesandnoble.com

The One Hundred

Nina Garcia's The One Hundred: A Guide to the Pieces Every Stylish Woman Must Own

Advice straight from Nina Garcia will be an indispensable gift to your favorite fashionista. This book explains in detail what you need in your closet, and how to get it there. Nina shows readers how to create their own unique wardrobe and sense of style.

$17.56, barnesandnoble.com
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