24 Hour Catwalk

TV review by
Elka Karl, Common Sense Media
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Fast-paced fashion competition milder than Project Runway.

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The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

Keeping calm under pressure and utilizing positive coping skills can pay off, literally, for these designers. Qualities such as leadership, cooperation, and positive attitude go a long way to ensure success.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Through a combination of hard work and creativity, the winning designers find success. Most of the losing designers also show good sportsmanship when they are eliminated. Sometimes the trash talking and complaining (either from designers or sewing assistants) gets intense.

Violence
Sex

One of the contestants refers to the judge Alexa Chung as "hot." Some of the clothing designs expose cleavage or is sheer enough to show an outline of nipples or buttocks. Nudity is blurred.

Language

Language includes "ass crack" and "sucked."

Consumerism

Sponsors including Cover Girl and Swarovski crystals are mentioned repeatedly within the show. All of the designers aspire to sell their clothes commercially. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

In at least one episode, a designer mentions needing a drink after the challenge is over. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this new fast-paced fashion reality show contains some mild language ("ass," "suck"), risque clothing, and occasional trash talking. Overall, though, it is milder than Project Runway and suitable for most older tweens and teens. Kids who love fashion and sewing will also learn a few tricks of the trade along the way.

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What's the story?

Four designers compete for a chance to win $10,000 with their winning fashions in 24 HOUR CATWALK. After an initial quick challenge, the contest is cut down to two designers. Over the course of the following 24 hours, these two designers must each complete a collection to show on the catwalk with the help of a few sewing assistants. The series is hosted by fashion icon Alexa Chung and features a four-judge panel including designer Cynthia Rowley.

Is it any good?

One of the great aspects of reality shows such as Project Runway is that they allow viewers to get to know the designers over the course of an entire season. Given that each episode of 24 Hour Catwalk introduces its audience to four new designers, it's much harder to make that connection, or to really care about the contestants.

That said, the judging panel is quite competent, and the insights into the work of designers and seamstresses alike is fascinating. It's also fun to learn about things like "slopers" (cheater patterns) that some designers use to create their garments. While this is a far cry from Project Runway, it's still a mild, entertaining option for the fashion-obsessed tween or teen.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about fame. Why do you think the designers have entered this competition? Do you think it is to advance their design businesses, or is it to seek out fame? Would you want to be on television? Why or why not?

  • Why do you think the designers trash talk each other? Do you think it is part of a strategy to win? Or is it because reality shows like this ask contestants to be mean and create tension? Do you think the trash talking is spontaneous, or is it coached by a producer of the show?

  • The contestants only have 24 hours to complete their collections. Why do you think the show is set up to only allow for 24 hours of work? Do you think the designers' exhaustion creates a better television experience? Why or why not?

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For kids who love reality television

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