Tim Gunn, guest host of The New York Public Library's Fifth Annual Anti-Prom, is Chief Creative Officer at Liz Claiborne Inc. In this newly created role, he is responsible for attracting, retaining, and developing the creative talent within the Liz Claiborne Inc. portfolio of brands.
Prior to joining Liz Claiborne Inc., Gunn served as a member of the administration and faculty at Parsons The New School for Design for close to 24 years and has had a rich and deep history with the institution. Gunn joined the staff in 1983 as Assistant Director of Admissions. In 1985, he was promoted to Associate Director of Admissions and to Director of Admissions in 1986. In 1990, he became Associate Dean.
In August 2000, Gunn was appointed Chair of the Department of Fashion Design at Parsons with the charge of retooling and invigorating the curriculum for the 21st century. Under Gunn's direction, the department was repositioned as the indisputable leader in fashion design education in America and as one of only a handful of leading programs in the world. Gunn is currently Honorary Chair of Fashion Design at the school.
Gunn has lectured widely on fashion and lifestyle design as well as the profound role that Parsons has played in putting America on the global design map. His interviews have appeared in a diverse range of publications, from Newsweek and The New York Times, to Entertainment Weekly and Martha Stewart Living, as well as Women's Wear Daily and People. He has also garnered much broadcast coverage. Gunn covered the red carpet at the Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, and Golden Globes in 2006, 2007, and 2008 for The Today Show and Entertainment Tonight.
He has written articles for Elle, Seventeen, People, and US Weekly, and has a regular feature on the bravotv.com website. He was also named one of People magazine's "sexiest men alive" in 2006.
Currently, Gunn serves as co-host of the thrice Emmy-nominated television program Project Runway, a reality-based fashion design incubator, the third season of which broke all cable viewer ratings records. Project Runway's much anticipated fifth season will premier in the coming months. He is also starring in the second season of his own show, Tim Gunn's Guide to Style, which is based on his book, Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste & Style, which was published in 2007.