Thursday, January 26, 2012
Madison Valley designer gets reality show gig
Madison Valley's own Lisa Vian Hunter has been chosen to appear on a new reality show, Fashion Star, which will air Tuesday nights on NBC beginning in March. Hunter has been a clothing designer and retailer of vintage 1950's and 1960's clothes for several years. With her husband, Scott, she established her clothing line, Vian Hunter, in the Bay Area in 2006. They opened their retail shop in Madison Valley three years later.
Fashion Star, hosted by former supermodel Elle Macpherson, is designed to be a kind of American Idol for fashionistas (defined as avid followers of the fashion scene). According to the Hollywood Reporter, "each episode will feature a fashion show complete with musical performances, dancers and models shot in front of a live studio audience. The contestants will be faced with a weekly challenge. Immediately following the episode, the winning designs will be available on the Web and in U.S. stores."
Hunter, who is a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM) in San Francisco, was a finalist two years ago to be on the eighth season run of the popular Project Runway reality show, though she ultimately was not chosen. This year when the reality-show producers came calling the outcome was different.
[Vian Hunter is located at 2814 E. Madison Street. Photo: John Russo/NBC]