If You Like Project Runway

If You Like… is a feature highlighting blogger recommendations for books, authors, TV shows, movies, and music based on the things you already know and love. This week’s post features recommendations for books, movies, tv shows, and music related to Project Runway.

If you like Project Runway, you might like


Recommended by Kari @ A Good Addiction:

  • Head Games by Keri Mikulski: Fashion show meets basketball. Sort of. But there is fashion. And a runway.
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger: Cut throat fashion world! Enough said.

Recommended by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner:

  • Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins: If it’s aspiring fashion designers you love, this has that and MORE. Seriously, SUCH A GOOD BOOK.

Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

  • The Allegra Biscotti Collection by Olivia Bennett: 14 year-old Emma loves designing outfits. When her items are discovered by a famous fashionista, she makes up a new persona. Now she’s under the gun getting several outfits ready for a magazine piece all while keeping this a secret and dealing with her regular life in 8th grade.
  • Ripped at the Seams by Nancy Krulik: Sami Granger can’t wait to start her new job in New York City working in fashion. She can’t believe that someone would steal her designs. Heartbroken, she takes a job at the only job she can find – a lingerie store. Soon, she’s designing lingerie for costumers.  Could her dreams be slowly coming true?
  • Summer Intern by Carrie Karasyov and Jill Kargman: Kira lands a plum internship at Skirt magazine. She’s been dreaming about this internship for ages! The purpose of the internship is to win the permanent job with the legendary editor-in-chief. However Daphne, the daughter of the magazine’s owner, also wants the position. Will Kira land the job with all her hard work, extra hours, and sweetness or will Daphne get the position because of her connections?
  • Airhead by Meg Cabot: Emerson wakes up from an accident to discover her brain’s been placed in teen supermodel Nikki Howard’s body. Now she’s trying to figure out her new life and attempt to become Nikki Howard.
  • Violet on the Runway by Melissa Walker: Angela Blythe from Tryst Models approaches Violet. She believes that Violet could be the next big thing in the modeling world. Violet is more used to being a wallflower. She realizes that she has nothing to lose.
  • Seventeen Ultimate Guide to Style by Ann Shoket and the editors of Seventeen Magazine: Put together your own sense of style with help from this book.

Recommended by Abby @ Abby the Librarian:

Recommended by Twan @ Artie Is My Muse:

  • Face Forward by Kevin Aucoin: There are times on PR when i am amazed at what the designers can do with fabric or other random items- this book is sort of the equivalent only with makeup. Not only does it have practical advice it also has amazing pictures of celebrities made up as other celebrities to the point that sometimes you can’t tell who it was to begin with.  It is absolutely incredible.
  • The Big-Ass Book of Crafts by Mark Montano: PR always makes me want to be creative and make my own cool stuff.  This book is full of fun and fairly simple craft projects.
  • Tease: 50 Inspired T-Shirt Transformations by Sarah Sockit: This book is pretty much what the title says but it’s a fun and easy way to pretend you are one of the designers without all the pressure.
  • The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger: I didn’t expect to like this book but I did. I think it is mostly because of the main character. Like me she doesn’t know anything about fashion and then finds herself in this crazy high fashion world. It was nice to be able to take that journey with her rather than having to try to relate to a character who already knows everything.
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins: Cinna!! The fashion aspect of these books is super fun. And Cinna!!


Recommended by Jennifer @ YA Book Nerd:

Recommended by Twan @ Artie Is My Muse:

  • Picture Me: Documentary that follows a model and acts as her diary. Not the best doc I’ve ever seen but still really interesting.
  • Unzipped: This is a documentary about Isaac Mizrahi getting ready for his 1994 fall collection. I love Isaac Mizrahi in general but throw in 90’s fashion and old school super models and you have a super fun movie.
  • Pret-a-Porter: A comedy that has a bunch of unconnected stories that all revolve around a fashion show in Paris. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen this one but I remember really enjoying it.
  • The Devil Wears Prada: This is the movie adaptation of the book. And I actually sort of love it. Anne Hathaway and Meryl Streep probably play a big part in that but it is one of the movies I like to watch when I’m sick and just need something fun that I don’t really need to think about.
  • Eleven Minutes: This is actually about the winner of the first season of PR preparing for his first independent fashion show.
  • The September Issue: I haven’t seen this one but it is on my list of documentaries I really want to see. All about Editor in Chief of Vogue, Anna Wintour, preparing for the September Issue.

Recommended by Isaiah @ From Yes:

  • Mannequin: This movie knows it’s campy and let’s the neon fabrics fly. Kim Cattrall plays a mannequin that comes to life, Meshach Taylor queens it out as a flamboyant designer, and the ever-adorable Andrew McCarthy tries to save the day, despite his clumsiness.
  • A Single Man: You can tell director Tom Ford is a fashion designer. The 60s fashions in this movie are exquisitely styled and filmed. Not to mention, they are draped across beautiful people giving beautiful performances. A must-see film for a variety of reasons.

TV Shows

Recommended by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner:

  • HGTV DesignStar: Basically like Project Runway but about design. Has crazy challenges, group work and pretty much the same format.

Recommended by Twan @ Artie Is My Muse:

  • America’s Next Top Model: I am ridiculously crazy about this show. I love watching the photo shoots and seeing the final pictures, I love seeing the makeup and the clothes. And as annoyed as I get at some of the girls or some of the decisions, I cannot get enough.
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race: Might be my favorite reality show ever. It’s like a combination of Project Runway and America’s Next Top Model but with more attitude and way more humor. It is amazing.
  • Models of the Runway: This was only on for one or two seasons I believe, but it is on Hulu. It follows the models who are on Project Runway and sees things from their point of view and the challenges they face.
  • On the Road with Austin and Santino: This show follows two PR designers as they drive around the country and design clothes for people. It is hilarious and heartwarming.
  • Ugly Betty: Love this show! It is fashion and humor and heart and important issues and awesome all rolled into one.

Recommended by Isaiah @ From Yes:

  • Sex and the City: Okay, so this a cliche pick. However, fashion is a huge part of the series. In fact, its often more important than the emotional maturity of its characters. They may be forty-something-year-old women who act like teenagers, but damn, they look great doing it!


Recommended by Isaiah @ From Yes:

  • Robyn by Robyn: Full of bragging, dance-beats, and heartbreak, this album was made for both the club and the runway–two of the only places in the word where its okay to strut your stuff with abandon.
  • Remixed & Revisited by Madonna: A remix album from Madonna’s American Life period. This remix dance project was also released in conjunction with Madonna’s GAP campaign. She and Missy Elliot sing and rap about wearing jeans on a mashup called, “Into the Hollywood Groove (The Passengerz Mix).” Need I say more?


Recommended by Twan @ Artie Is My Muse:

  • Style Rookie: Tavi is amazing. She has an awesome sense of style, an awesome view of the world, and is an awesome writer/blogger.
  • Craftster: This is a forum to post crafts or find tutorials or ask questions all about crafting.  It is an incredibly useful resource as well as an incredibly good way to lose a few hours while you look through some of the projects people have made.

What are your favorite books, movies, tv shows, or music related to Project Runway? Please share your own recommendations in the comments!

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7 Responses to "If You Like Project Runway"

  • A beautifully designed middle grade novel not mentioned is The Time Traveling Fashionista, which is the first in a series, about vintage fashion that takes a girl back in history. The book includes a lot of illustrations that would appeal to those who are young and fashion conscious.

    1 Melanie said this (September 12, 2011 at 7:32 AM)

  • As someone who has ranks somewhere between negative and 0 on the fashion scale, I’ve still always been curious about Project Runway. The only reality I’ve ever watched was the first season of The Apprentice and a few seasons of So You Think You Can Dance.

    BUT. I love so many of these recs! Especially the websites and the movies!

    2 Capillya said this (September 12, 2011 at 1:33 PM)

    • I’m totally fashion challenged, which makes the show all the more magical to me. Watching the creative process is fascinating, and then seeing how incredibly off base I apparently am sometimes with what is “stylish” is amusing.

      Another great guilty pleasure show for the fashion challenged: What Not to Wear. I need those people in my life in a big way.

      3 Melanie said this (September 12, 2011 at 4:17 PM)

  • These are such great recs! I’m glad you got a ton because I don’t know of 99% of these and drew a complete blank lol!

    4 Tara said this (September 12, 2011 at 8:33 PM)

  • I really enjoyed the responses. Some I’ve not heard of before. I had trouble with this one — the only ones I thought of were Sex and the City, and The Devil Wears Prada, which both got mentioned without my help. Thanks!

    Also, I’ve had trouble commenting on blogs that use this comment system. I’ve tried for a couple of days, this is my last attempt–hoping it makes it through. Just thought you should know…

    5 Annette said this (September 14, 2011 at 5:33 PM)

  • I LOVE America’s Next Top Model, Project Runway, and have occasionally even checked out RuPaul’s Drag Race! I love all of those types of shows. I also really loved Cinna in the Hunger Games trilogy (he reminds me of Mr. Jay from ANTM!) and would wholeheartedly second the recommendations for The Devil Wears Prada and Meg Cabot’s Airhead trilogy!

    6 Jessica @ I Read to Relax said this (September 14, 2011 at 7:17 PM)

  • These are seriously the best posts for me as a librarian because it gives me several readalikes (and more!) for people who are looking for something I may not have read or don’t watch, like PR. Keep it up!

    7 Sarah said this (September 15, 2011 at 12:38 PM)