Rebecca’s owner has shot at being Project Runway contestant

WICHITA — Most people who have “Project Runway” parties simply are watching the popular Lifetime show with friends.

That’s not why Rebecca Simpson is throwing one during Final Friday.

The casting director of the program, which is a reality show that pits designers against each other, has invited Simpson to try out for the next season. Part of her audition includes making a short video, which she’ll do at Rebecca’s, her Old Town Square shop next to Caffe Moderne.

“It’s going to be packed in here,” Simpson says.

She also has to fill out a 25-page application and may be called for an interview.

“He already asked me where I wanted to interview at,” Simpson says.

The casting director found her through a mutual friend.

“I still haven’t seen a whole episode through,” Simpson says.

She plans to study, though.

The contestants often can be a tad catty about each other and their designs.

“Some of that is just young people not knowing how to behave,” Simpson says. “I just don’t think that’s going to affect me. I’ve got four kids. I’ve got teenagers.”

If she’s selected, Simpson potentially could be gone from her shop for four weeks, but she says that’s OK.

“I have lots of help.”

If she’s not chosen, Simpson says that’s OK, too.

“It’s an honor even to be asked, and that’s how I’m looking at it.”