Last Friday at the National Arts Club, I interviewed Viktor Luna from Season 9 of Project Runway. Watching the show convinced me that Luna is one of the most talented of its designers. The occasion for our interview was a launch event for Eila Mell’s book, Project Runway: the Show that Changed Fashion. In person, Luna is modest, sincere and approachable.
It was a pleasure to talk with a designer whose real-life presence is as down-to-earth as his persona on the show.
Luna added that Tim Gunn had truly been a mentor to him by offering advice about how to push his projects forward. That appreciation, and Luna’s sincere discussion of his work, were refreshing.
His final note to me about what aspiring fashion and business students should consider was to say, “We always doubt ourselves. You have to love what you do. I find myself wondering why I do fashion. It is so hard, but I love it. Even if it looks like you are going nowhere, never give up. Life is too short not to enjoy it and make the best of it.”