A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The overarching message of the show is that through a combination of talent, luck, and hard work, you can find success in your chosen field. That said, there is some poor sportsmanship on the show that is played up for drama. Also, there's an emphasis on consumerism and luxury items.
Positive Role Models
All of the designers exhibit talent, and many try to support their fellow contestants in the work room and on the runway. Many also have compelling backstories about their struggles to realize their artistic dreams, which models positive skills such as determination and tenacity. Not all contestants are equally supportive or charitable.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is some mild flirting between contestants. Some of the models wear revealing clothing.
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Swear words are fully bleeped, to the point that it is difficult to guess what they may be. Some iffy insults, such as "pedophile" are used in the show.
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Products & Purchases
The show is sponsored in part by eBay Fashion, which is mentioned frequently. Judges include Kenneth Cole, whose business is noted in the show, and Ariel Foxman, the editor of In Style, the magazine that will feature the winner's work within a feature article. Other brand names are mentioned within the show.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Occasional social drinking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this spin-off of Project Runway includes fully bleeped swear words, examples of poor sportsmanship, and some emotional distress from the contestants, including crying. The show sponsors, which include eBay Fashion and In Style magazine, get lots of airtime. On the positive, the designers' talents and creativity are inspiring throughout the show.
Is It Any Good?
While this competitive reality show is a bit rough around the edges, PROJECT ACCESSORY is worth a look, especially for teens who are interested in jewelry making, sewing, or other creative, crafty endeavors. Fans of Project Runway will likely tune in, and while the show benefits from the relationship with the original program, it also suffers from the inevitable comparisons. Neither Molly Sims or mentor Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti are anywhere near as charismatic or helpful as Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn. Luckily, the designers are engaging and represent an eclectic mix of styles.
In an example of how this show does not translate well from its predecessor: While clothes benefit from a runway-type showing, accessories must be viewed on a nearly microscopic level, and showing them off in the runway setting seems an odd choice. While not perfect, this show could be a good choice for fashion-minded teens.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.