'Under the Gunn'
premiered Jan. 16
by Barbara Blum
One of 15 competitors on Tim Gunn’s new TV show “Under the Gunn,” which premiered Jan. 16, 2014, on the Lifetime channel, is a recent UC fashion design grad.
Asha Ama Daniels, DAAP ’13, is competing on the show, hosted by “Project Runway” mentor Gunn. The competition is similar to that popular show. Over 13 episodes, three mentors, all former "Project Runway" contestants, are each managing a team of designers who will each create a look to present before the judges. The show was filmed at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
A graduate of St. Ursula Academy in Walnut Hills, Daniels as a UC freshman joined Honors Scholars program for academically talented students. As a child, she attended UC’s award-winning preschool, the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center – one of the oldest demonstration preschools in the United States.
In high school, she was a member of the National Honor Society, the St. Ursula Ensemble Theater and Sisters in Cultural Unity, a school organization she led as president her senior year. Daniels served as a student mentor at her high school and at Beech Acres, an agency dedicated to strengthening children and families. Daniels was also co-founder of a youth dance and drama after-school program.
When Daniels came to UC, she was a recipient of a Cincinnatus Scholarship and one of four Presidential Scholars. Daniels recently interned at fashion-giant Marchesa.
In 2009, UC grad Althea Harper, DAAP '08, was a finalist on season six of "Project Runway." After leaving the show, Harper moved to New York City, where designer Tory Burch invited her to become a part of the label's design team. Harper now manages her own fashion line.