When Tim Gunn Comes to Washington, People Run

Hide your shirt, hide your tie, Gunn's judging everybody out here.

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Tim Gunn says self-conscious, frumpy Washingtonians flee his gaze.
Tim Gunn says self-conscious, frumpy Washingtonians flee his gaze.

When celebrities come to Washington, folks normally flock. But when "Project Runway" and "Under the Gunn" host Tim Gunn walks through Capitol Hill's corridors he inspires the opposite reaction. "I would have people fleeing from me [saying,] 'I didn't know you were going to be here, don't look at me, I'm not dressed,'" Gunn said of staffers' reactions when he's lobbied on the Hill in recent years. "And people were emailing people all over the Hill saying, 'Tim Gunn's here, lock your doors.'"

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That's because Washington is notoriously bad at fashion, filled with "plain vanilla" outfits and ill-fitting suits. (Though Gunn, a D.C. native, gives first lady Michelle Obama and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., high marks.) And Gunn, through his television programs, is known as someone who wants to see it work.

"I said, I'm not here as the fashion policeman," Gunn told Whispers. "Trust me, I would have already run out of tickets."

Gunn also found Washington's reaction to him perplexing because it proved that Washingtonians knew there was a problem. "OK, so you actually have an awareness that this isn't right, then why don't you do something about it?" he suggested.

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