SHE’S walked enough of the world’s catwalks and worn sufficient designer clothes to know at a glance what’s in, what’s out and what works.
So when model Megan Gale was offered the chance to step into the shoes of departing host Kristy Hinze on the new season of Project Runway Australia, she knew the role was the perfect fit. The fact she could also be involved as an executive producer was the icing on the cake.
Juggling the role of host and judge for series three of the reality show, which involves 12 Australian fashion designers battling it out in a series of weekly challenges, meant Gale ( pictured) had to relocate to Melbourne for six weeks.
By the halfway mark, she admitted she was feeling the pace of the long days, but that was nothing compared with the pressure on the contestants.
‘‘ It’s been challenging but satisfying,’’ Gale says ahead of a runway judging session midway through filming the show.
‘‘ The contestants are a hugely talented and very hungry bunch. They’re diverse in terms of both their characters and what they put out on the catwalk each week.’’
While the American version of the reality show has made stern-faced judging its signature, Gale says she and fellow judges Kirrily Johnston and Jarrad Clark have opted for a slightly softer – albeit still honest – approach.
‘‘ The hardest thing for me has been these elimination days,’’ Gale says.
‘‘ We three judges make the decision collectively, but I’m the one who ultimately delivers the verdict.
‘‘ That’s hard because we appreciate the work they’re putting in and, at the end of the day, it’s their life goal and dream. I feel like I’m shattering it every time I have to tell someone to go.’’
Fashion designer and Gale’s great mate Alex Perry has taken up the mentoring role for the contestants this season. This shows another side to Perry from his bitchy judge persona on another Foxtel project, Australia’s Next Top Model.
Gale and Perry see different sides to the 12 hopefuls throughout challenge week.
‘‘ I see them at the start and the end of the challenge. He sees them when the pressure is on and they’re unravelling,’’ Gale says and the result is ‘‘ a fabulous creative bubble’’.
She also hopes it is equally great television.
‘‘ What you see walking down the runway early in the series is incredible stuff done under pressure with time restrictions, stress and a limited budget,’’ she says.
‘‘ When the final three go away with time to produce a 10-piece collection, that’s when we’ll see them shine.
‘‘ I have a feeling that not only the winner will get the spoils of being involved with the show. I hope more than one career is launched here.’’
Project Runway, Arena, Monday, 8pm