A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
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.
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Language includes "ass crack" and "sucked."
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Products & Purchases
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.
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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.
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.
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