Kornit Digital Provides On-Demand Production Technology for 'Project Runway'
ROSH-HA`AYIN, Israel — October 6, 2016 — Kornit Digital has announced that its digital roll-to-roll printing system, the Kornit Allegro, will play a critical role in the next episode of Lifetime’s Emmy-nominated "Project Runway." In this American reality competition show, fashion designers compete to create the best fashion pieces with a limited amount of time and resources. The episode, called "Sink or Swim," will air tonight.
"Project Runway," which has been called "a lesson in fashion" by the The Washington Post, is now running its fifteenth season. Judges include Heidi Klum, Marie Claire’s creative director Nina Garcia, creative director for Brooks Brother Women, fashion designer Zac Posen and mentor Tim Gunn, who once again will have the power to “save” one designer from elimination.
In the "Sink or Swim" episode, previewed at http://kornit.info/2dhn5vk, the challenge is to create a swimsuit and cover-up design. The candidates are told that they can create a custom design which would be printed and returned to them the following morning. Klum also announces that the winning design would be shown as part of her swimwear line. The technology partners enabling the super-fast turnaround are Kornit Digital and Kornit user Papilio Prints in New Jersey.
The production technology used is called Kornit Allegro. With its print width of 1.8m, it is the world’s only single-step digital textile printing system designed for high-speed end-to-end production, using Kornit’s patented NeoPigment printing process. The system features an integrated pretreatment technology and works on a variety of fabrics, both natural and man-made fibers and blends. It is the only industrial textile printer available today that integrates all production steps in a single, integrated production line, removing the need for complicated pre- and post-treatments such as steaming and washing. In fact, it is the fastest way from digital designs to the finished fabric.
Relying on Kornit’s proprietary process, textile companies and brands can shorten their turnaround times, cut intermediators and eliminate inventory cost. Because of its resource-efficient technology, saving energy and water, the Allegro is also a top choice for environmental protection, can be located practically anywhere and is especially suitable for local production requirements, a growing trend fueled by the internet.
About Project Runway
Hosted by Emmy Award winner, supermodel and fashion connoisseur Heidi Klum, the hit Emmy-nominated series "Project Runway" provides budding designers with an opportunity to launch their careers in fashion, under the watchful eyes of mentor and co-host Emmy Award winner Tim Gunn and judges Nina Garcia and Zac Posen.
"Project Runway" is produced by The Weinstein Company, Bunim/Murray Productions, Full Picture Entertainment, and Heidi Klum Company. Executive producers include Bob and Harvey Weinstein (co-chairmen of The Weinstein Company) and Patrick Reardon and Barbara Schneeweiss of The Weinstein Company, Jonathan Murray and Sara Rea of Bunim/Murray Productions, Klum, and Jane Cha and Desiree Gruber of Full Picture Entertainment. Mary Donahue and David Hillman of Lifetime also executive produce, and Gil Goldschein and Teri Weideman of Bunim/Murray Productions serve as co-executive producers.