Georgina Chapman Talks about Creative Breakdowns

It was only a few days ago that I finally watched Project Runway All Stars. There was no Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, or Michael Kors.

Instead the new host was Angela Lindvall, the mentor was Joanna Coles, and the judges were Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman. My favorite moment in the show was when the finalist Mondo and Georgina Chapman talked about creative breakdowns.

Mondo had four days to create five looks for his final mini collection, but he couldn’t think of anything. He decided to just take the day off and lounge around the couch.

The other designers were of course whispering behind his back about how unprofessional he was behaving and how they too had their own personal problems but they weren’t lying on the couch.

Gerogina Chapman walks in the sewing room to check up on the contestants. They gather together and have a heart to heart talk. Mondo was quiet for the most part, but when Georgina asked him how he was, he candidly spoke about how he hasn’t been able to create anything yet.

Without missing a beat, Georgina was like “That’s ok.” No horrified panic, no judgmental look, it might have been that Mondo told her that the sky was blue.

She treated it as a totally normal experience and said that she, the designer of luscious Marchesa gowns, used to always have creative breakdowns whenever she had to show a collection. She said that as she got used to showing collections, the breakdowns became less. I noticed that she didn’t say that the breakdowns stopped happening altogether.

You wouldn’t think that this could happen to such a successful designer such as Georgina. Maybe we’ve been imagining that every successful artist speeds through the creative process, but there are always bumps on the road.

It happens to the best of us–these moments of paralyzed fear, and we are unable to create. When this happens, cut yourself some slack, tell yourself, it’s ok. This was what Mondo had to hear. He got back on track, created a fabulous collection, and he won. He won the entire damn thing.

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