CINCINNATI — Not only will the evolution of fashion be televised, a Queen City clothing designer will be tailoring its future.
Tessa Clark, creator of the local Grind and Glaze womenswear line and a University of Cincinnati graduate, will participate in the upcoming season of "Project Runway." The newest season of the fashion-focused reality competition series is being described as "the fashion evolution." Clark will compete against 15 other designers on the show for a grand prize of more than $250,000.
The premiere episode of "Project Runway's" 17th season will air at 8 p.m. March 14 on the Bravo cable television network.
On her Grind and Glaze website, Clark describes her line of clothing as being inspired "by her rural upbringing" that "transcends the modern fashion label by refining traditional staples, like the apron, to create a collection of sustainably-made, all-occasion pieces."
Clark was raised by her parents, a self-taught ceramicist and a miller in rural Greenville, Ohio. She moved to the Queen City to attend UC's College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, where she studied fashion design.
While at UC, Clark interned for Marchesa and VPL in New York City, and also worked worked at Michelle Boor Paris-Vienna in Paris, France. After graduating, Clark joined Idlewild, a high-end womenswear boutique in Over-the-Rhine, where she launched Grind and Glaze.
Clark shared that she would be participating in the 17th season of "Project Runway" via social media.
She said she was unable to discuss her appearance on the show until the season premiere.