When fashion icon Tim Gunn tells Angela Bacskocky to "make it work," it's a good guess leather will figure prominently.
The Richmond designer, a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, steps forward next week as one of 16 contestants on the venerable reality competition show "Project Runway."
"I've slowly become more obsessed with leather and have realized that's what I'm going to do all the time," Bacskocky told a Style Weekly contributor in the spring. "It's weird because I'm vegetarian. I never know how to feel about that."
Messages left for Bacskocky (pronounced botch-kose-kee) and an A&E Networks spokesman were unreturned at press time, but in March the designer shared a preview of her spring line, Ghost, with Style's former sister publication, Belle.
It was frail and beautiful, while she described a concept for her fall line, a unisex creation called Puritan, as boxy, oversized and out of her element. "It's a way to push myself with my silhouettes," she said.
If she pushes successfully in the reality competition, she'll walk away with $150,000, $50,000 of goodies from HP and Intel, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a 2014 Lexus IS 350, a $50,000 styling contract with L'Oréal Paris — and, well, you get the drift.
The 12th season of "Project Runway" premieres Thursday, July 18, at 9 p.m.