Oklahoma fashion designer Johnathan Kayne Gillaspie continues his mission to put the Sooner State on the fashion map this weekend.
At 9 p.m. Friday, cable network TLC will air the television special “Gown Crazy” one last time before deciding to buy it as a series. Highlighting Gillaspie’s design business in Norman, the show follows Gillaspie as he rushes to finish five outfits for the Miss Oklahoma pageant, while also designing custom evening and wedding gowns and helping put together a charity fashion show. “Gown Crazy” will be an hourlong episode featuring a weeklong view in the crazy life of the designer, according to a news release.
“Basically, the show is all about my design business, and making my design business work here in Oklahoma,” Gillaspie said in the release. “I wanted the show to be informative and interesting for people to see what I do and how I do it, not only from design to finished product but also to see the talent and hard work involved in making custom clothing or any type of fashion.”
Gillaspie was a top five contestant from season three of the hit reality TV series “Project Runway.”
“Oklahoma is a force to be reckoned with in the world of fashion,” Gillaspie said in the release, adding that he has seen firsthand that “fashionistas no longer have to travel to New York and California to get their fashion fix. We need all of Oklahoma’s support in making ‘Gown Crazy’ a success with amazing ratings from our viewers!”
Since graduating in 2002 from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Gillaspie has progressively made a name for himself. He has established a shoe line carried in about 2,200 stores by the Benjamin Walk Corporation, and the Johnathan Kayne Line carried by WOW! PROM is in about 650 stores. He has not only dressed the entire top five teens, the winner and first runner-up in the Miss Oklahoma U.S.A. Pageant, but also the fourth runner-up of Miss Universe, Tara Conner.
For more information on the designer, go to www.johnathankayne.com or follow him on Twitter @Projectkayne.