This is the episode where the remaining designers go off to design their collections and Tim gets to travel around the country visiting them and their loved ones for a check-in partway through. Heidi sends them off with $9,000, six weeks to work and ten looks to create for a Spring Collection. Oh, and the first twist…one of the looks has to be made of unconventional materials! Flash forward four weeks to the Tim Across America tour…
I just have to take a moment to share my own impressions of deaf politics and the cochlear implant. There is considerable resistance to this device in the deaf community, as it is seen as an attack on their culture and an affirmation by others that they are “broken”. The politics of this are very much like LGBT politics, where there are those in our society who think we are broken and need fixing, too, and our communities include a broad range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, with an identity issue in common. The cochlear implant is also not without risks, as it involves giving up any residual hearing a person might have to substitute a device that translates sound into something that we hearing people would probably not recognize as sound. Justin shares with us that immediately after his operation he was frightened and angry about what the device had brought into his life. But he’s moved on from that and found peace.
So back to what he has been working on…some lovely sound-wave inspired prints and — crazy innovator — some 3D printed elements for many of his looks! His unconventional materials look is an amazing gown made of suspended test tubes (they looked plastic and pointy to me, not glass) that almost look like a crazy exotic fur. I’m thrilled that he has the gumption to select this as one of the three looks he shows the judges for the design-off with the other two contestants on the edge.
They get to the workroom and start slowly unwrapping their outfits, each with an eye out for what the others are revealing of their work. You know this is coming: the snark!
- Helen on Bradon: the “old lady route” comment I gave you in a sneak preview
- Bradon on Alexandria: she has so many garments she’s going to have trouble mixing, matching and styling
- Bradon and Helen on Justin: he has a “problem” with construction (note to PR editors: we know he’s going to do well with all these bitchy comments!)
- Alexandria on Helen: looks elementary, like student sewing. “She seems confident, but I think it’s a front.”
- Helen on Alexandria: “It’s a spring collection. Taupe? Taupe is not a spring colour.”
- Tim joins in on the Helen critique with respect to the “tails” she has on many outfits and shows us how they could be joined to make them look “diapery” like Gandhi
When Tim come into the workroom, there was a gasp and Tim had to explain that he had had an altercation with some subway stairs, a trip to the emergency room and three stitches! Maybe that’s why he got a little verklempt at the end his visit, prompting Justin also to dissolve into tears after he left. Get a hold of yourselves people! It’s just a TV show!
Runway showdown time! But first a little vocabulary showcase starring Helen, who shares that the three looks she will show the judges will give an illusion of what her collection is all about. An illusion? *sigh*
Heidi starts the show by telling us that not all of them will be able to show at NYFW. This is our first indication that someone will be eliminated. Tension up, start the show!
They have a close-up look at the outfits and say a few more things I didn’t bother to note (gasp!) and then they call the three back out for the
And that means that Helen, dear, confident and condescending Helen, is out. But out with a “bright future” of course. Conclusion next week, unless they manage to surprise us all with a two-part finale!