There have been eleven seasons of Project Runway and two full seasons of Project Runway: All Stars. Usually the show turns out lots of pretty dresses and other things you might imagine on a high-end-ish (this is reality TV after all) runway. Sometimes they go a little funky or costumey or tacky, but rarely do they ever pick something truly outside of these norms for the win.
This time, however, they did.
Michelle Lesniak Franklin from Portland, Oregon did her take on a steampunk collection. I personally liked her since the first episode of the season, where she described her ideal client as “a hip girl who can recite the entire periodic table of elements”. So sort of like me and a lot of the women who probably read this blog. I rooted for her all season (even when she was getting screwed over by the judges) and she finally came out on top a couple weeks ago! Yay!
In geekdom, there are a lot of different points of view when it comes to fashion and you see it at cons; our version of a catwalk so to speak. In general, you have your cosplayers, your more goth kids (who Saika calls “the people who fell into Hot Topic”), and your steampunk. If you follow more mainstream fashion, you know costumes, Hot Topic/goth gear, and steampunk are not exactly trending right now (or ever). So to have a popular reality TV show acknowledge someone who has more of a steampunk aesthetic is a big deal. It says that geekier fashions have a place outside conventions—that your leather jacket with 5,000 buckles is cool and not bizarre.
So congratulations, Michelle, and thank you for making the fashion world acknowledge that steampunk has its place there!
But we can call her The Bunnimator. I love My Little Pony, and it’s nice to see other people who love it just as much. Unfortunately, outside my one fanfiction and the occasional fanart, I personally don’t direct too much of my free time into creating things based on other people’s works. Well, one time I did make a Pickman out of plaster, but that’s beside the point. Regardless, I’m always impressed when people can spend so much time and effort on something they love so much. And while The Bunnimator does have other projects in the works, like this one, which prevents me from looking at broccoli the same way ever again, she does a lot of My Little Pony fanart and crossover art.
Now, I believe most of her work is computer-oriented, which is personally something I’m no good at, so I find that I have a lot of respect for people into graphic design. Especially if their works don’t suck. She does have a few pics that I have some trouble figuring out what medium she used. What I do know is that visually I like her art, and I think she’s a very talented person. Furthermore, she’s done some very nice interpretations of the MLP:FIM characters as human. And I know it’s been done before, but The Bunnimator’s use of colors and style makes her more than memorable.
I hope The Bunnimator keeps up the good work. I know I would hire her if I had the money. Especially for her steam pony works.