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Old 06-17-2014, 03:43 PM
 
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The answer to this might be a bit easier, or a bit more complicated, than it first seems, but has anyone ever wondered how those perceptive people, generally cast as gay men, on those fashion programs get their training? I know that no one is born with superior understanding of culture and society. Is there a chance their skilled "observations" are just added by the directors for effect, or are they demonstrating real skills? If these are real skills, they seem interesting and fun. How, step by step, do you think they learned them? What exactly are they demonstrating? The average Joe or Jane is led to believe that he or she cannot do this. To me, it feels a bit like an optical illusion or magic trick, but there are methods even with those.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:13 PM
 
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I think they just have an "eye" for it. Just like how some people can take apart an engine and rebuild it without having gone through any training.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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PErceptive about what OP? I am a little confused by your post.

I do think that gay men end up getting cast in certain things because they are "non-threaening" for straight men and women.
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Old 06-17-2014, 05:20 PM
 
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you mean like tim gun??
he sounds like a 12 yr old valley girl

what else is he going to be good at??? being a hunting guide???
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:19 PM
 
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Um, okay. I meant how the fashion consultant of whatever stripe has a way of seeing the client, assessing his or her problems, and coming up with an outstanding vision for the finished product. How does a person do that? What kind of training and experience, in what fields, do you suppose a person would have to have in order to do this kind of stuff? I was blown away by David Tutera on Fair Wedding and how he is able to assess the bride's needs and come up with something outstanding, but they never give away the magician's tricks. We never get to see what the actual thinking or planning process looks like; we only see the finished product. I could give other examples, like Que-r Eye and similar shows. Some of them seem like they can read a person's whole life story by looking at a person's clothing or decorating. I don't know about you, but it's exciting to me; it's almost like watching a real life version of the latest Sherlock Holmes reincarnation. How do they do that? Do the shows just make us think the consultants are doing that or have they honed some kind of superior talent; if so how? Sorry, as someone who has always wanted to be a magician or artist of sorts, this is intriguing.

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Old 06-17-2014, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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Be observant, ask questions, experiment.

I am the "unofficial" personal shopper for a few of my friends. I like shopping, and picking out stuff for other people. And I help them pick out good stuff that people compliment them on.

You can figure out a lot about people based on what they do wear. Some people dress poorly because they are unaware of their body shape. Others have been "trained" to hide or be ashamed of certain parts.

The last thing is to help people find their positives and learn to highlight them. And help them frame their advantages into something positive.
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:55 PM
 
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Practice and attention.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:37 PM
 
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Practice and attention.
That's easier said than done, and I bet someone could offend a lot of people by doing it wrong. Of course, I've heard that failure means one step closer to success. I don't know.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:12 PM
 
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Ellemint and jade are right. You have to really look ate the whole picture and all of the parts of the sum.
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