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Making it Work

Chicago designer Steven Rosengard of season four of Project Runway talks

Since getting auf’d by Heidi on season four of Project Runway, Chicago designer Steven Rosengard has parlayed his celeb status into a thriving, eclectic career. In addition to his work as an assistant curator at the Museum of Science and Industry, he designs one-off dresses (“I never make anything twice—I have a short attention span, and a lot of my clients run in the same social circles!"), teaches economical mannequin-making to small museums (“That’s my nerdy side, showing how to display clothing in an archival, period-appropriate manner"), and crafts kiddie couture for the online rental service Gagas.com (“It’s the Netflix of evening wear"). He’s also, ironically, a go-to guy for wow wedding gowns (it was a satin bridal gown challenge on PR that sent him packing). Up next: Rosengard is in negotiations to make a line of eco-friendly mens’ underwear. “I always work with natural fabrics,” he says, “but these will be completely green, which I think is really sexy." 

Photography: (Rosengard) Courtesy of Steven rosenguard 

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