Gunn's Golden Rules

Gunn's Golden Rules

Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work

By Tim Gunn; Ada Calhoun

Gallery Books, Paperback, 9781439177716, 264pp.

Publication Date: September 6, 2011

On the runway of life, Tim Gunn is the perfect life coach.

You've watched him mentor talented designers on the hit television show "Project Runway." Now the inimitable Tim Gunn shares his personal secrets for "making it work"--in your career, relationships, and life. Filled with delightfully dishy stories of fashion's greatest divas, behind-the-scenes glimpses of "Runway"'s biggest drama queens, and never-before-revealed insights into Tim's private life, "Gunn's Golden Rules "is like no other how-to book you've ever read.

In the world according to Tim, there are no shortcuts to success. Hard work, creativity, and skill are just the beginning. By following eighteen tried-and-true principles, you can apply Tim's rules to anything you set your mind to. You'll learn why Tim frowns on displays of bad behavior, like the vitriolic outburst by Martha Stewart's daughter about her mother's name-brand merchandise. You'll discover the downfalls of divadom as he describes "Vogue"'s Andre Leon Talley being hand-fed grapes and Anna Wintour being carried downstairs by her bodyguards. And you'll get Tim's view on the backstabbing by one designer on "Project Runway "and how it brilliantly backfired.

Then there are his down-to-earth guidelines for making life better--for yourself and others--in small and large ways, especially in an age that favors comfort over politeness, ease over style. Texting at the dinner table? Wearing shorts to the theater? Not in Tim's book. Living a well-mannered life of integrity and character is hard work, he admits, but the rewards are many: being a good friend, being glamorous and attractive, and being a success-- much like Tim himself

He is never one to mince words. But Tim Gunn is always warm, witty, wise, and wonderfully supportive-- just the mentor you need to design a happy, creative, and fulfilling life that will never go out of style.

About the Author
Beloved pop culture icon and "New York Times" bestselling author Tim Gunn is best known as the Emmy Award winning host of "Project Runway". He also hosted two seasons of his own Bravo makeover series, "Tim Gunn s Guide to Style", and was the host of the reality TV series "Under the Gunn".

Journalist Ada Calhoun has done hard-news reporting for the New York Post, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Republic. Born and raised on St. Marks Place, she lives in Brooklyn.

Praise For Gunn's Golden Rules

“There is a reason Tim Gunn is so beloved. Who else are you going to take advice from if not the consummate gentleman? Tim is the best—and he knows what he’s talking about!”

—Heidi Klum