Fashion and Reality Television have formed a special bond over the past television seasons. America's Next Top Model
just finished cycle 12, Project Runway
will be airing its sixth season later this year. TLC, Bravo and Oxygen have dominated our fashion-centric television for years. So how do we navigate our way through the fashion genre?
We've put together a list of fashion-centric television that might strike your interest. Within the list, we discuss the type, description and "watchability" of each show to help you better navigate the fashion realm. We've limited to reality TV sorts of fashion shows because including Gossip Girl
, American Idol
(they have talked about fashion a lot more this season, haven't they?) and other quality primetime programming would just get too confusing.
There are essentially three types of reality TV fashion programs: hair, makeover, and design.
Hair: A relatively small category but an important one all the same. Hairstyles are incorporated into every fashion related show, but almost never talked about explicitly. Shows like Shear Genius
bring the hair discussion and design to the forefront of our fashion centric appraisals.
Makeover: Possibly started by Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
, makeover shows take fashion clueless individuals and teach them to dress like glam gods. Makeover shows always focus on clothing, hair and make-up as well as some other choice categories.
Design: Design shows are centered on fashion designers. Creative artists are placed in a competitive area to showcase their skills. The aspiring designers have to be current, innovative and vibrant. A fashion design that doesn't stand out, isn't worth buying.
Our "watchability" ratings take into account the subject matter, format and repeat views. How exciting is it to watch? Is it unique?
So, check out our slideshow and tell us what you think! Do you hate Project Runway
? Do you just love Bravo's new The Fashion Show
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- Kim Wetter, BuddyTV Staff Columnist(Image Courtesy of NBC)