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There's no denying Peter Morrissey's passion for fashion. The respected Aussie designer is one of the new judges on Foxtel's Project Runway Australia, along with former fashion director of Harper's Bazaar Claudia Navone.

Morrissey had previously judged on the show before and made it clear to the producers that he would like to take over the role full-time after the departure of Kirrily Johnston and Jarrad Clark.

"I wanted that hot spot," he told Access All Areas on the final day of filming in Melbourne late last month.

"I made it very clear that I would love to do the job."

A renowned fashion designer, businessman and entrepreneur, Morrissey has been at the forefront of the Australian fashion industry for 30 years.

He's no stranger to giving guidance to young designers, having previously acted as a mentor for the Qantas Spirit of Youth Awards. "I've been mentoring kids in the industry for 10 years," he said. "I've travelled all around the country, teaching kids fashion. I've worked with indigenous kids in Broome.

"I believe that you should assist the future with your knowledge."

When asked what or who he modelled his judging style on, the animated fashion aficionado quipped: "A guy called Pete Morrissey".

But that doesn't mean he will be beating about the bush.

"I believe criticism is faith in their potential," he said.

"We're here not to power trip but to offer reality.

"With good judges, it shouldn't be about us, it should be about them and by them it might be about their design, it might be about their personality.

"If we do criticise and we do use strong words, it's because we believe it."

After filming for nine weeks, Morrissey said he and fellow judges Navone, Alex Perry and the host, *Perth * supermodel *Megan Gale *, hit their stride.

"We all have strong opinions and we all can disagree with each other but also learn from each other.

"This has been an exhausting experience but it's been painless because we've all really enjoyed it."

Morrissey has enjoyed his role on the show so much he's already put his hand up for another season.

"I would love to do another year," he said.

Morrissey also hosed down rumours of the show taking a rest next year with the return of Australia's Next Top Model so that Gale can host both.

"I don't think they'll be able to rest the show and nobody wants to rest something that's successful," he said.

Project Runway Australia will return to Foxtel later this year.

The West Australian

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