Shakespeare, Mark Twain and others have said: “The clothes make the man.” When it comes to famous names in fashion, we think of iconic designers like Chanel, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Alexander McQueen, Vera Wang, the recently passed Oscar de la Renta and more – all household names.
So as the season finale for “Project Runway” comes near, looking at our Names database, we asked: “Does a name make a designer?”
We decided to look at the popularity of the names of the hosts, judges, and finalists of this season of Project Runway and ask: Do you think a person’s name helps them “make it work”?
Only 1 person in the U.S. claims to have this “angelic” name.
There are 42 people in the U.S.with this name, but only one with a “Tim Gunn Save”.
276 people share this fashion arbiter’s name in the U.S., the most living in Texas.
3 people in the U.S. share the name of Lena Dunham’s childhood babysitter.
Only a dozen people share the name of this American sportswear designer, who, at age 5, designed his mother’s wedding dress for her remarriage.
There are 6 people in the U.S. with this name; nearly as unique as Char’s designs this season.
While this finalist embraces the fashion trends of the ’70s, her name reached is peak popularity in 1987, with the most people with this name living in Kentucky.
His mother says Kini means “King of the Morning Star” in Hawaiian; perhaps not surprisingly, you’ll find the most of the 276 people with this name in the U.S. living in Hawaii.
While Sean hails from New Zealand, there are over 400,000 people with this name in the U.S., and has been consistent in popularity over the last 50 years.