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Project Runway
PRLogo12.jpg
GenreReality competition
Created byEli Holzman
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes137
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Barbara Schneeweiss
  • Bob Weinstein
  • Colleen Sands
  • David Hillman
  • Desiree Gruber
  • Gena McCarthy
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Heidi Klum
  • Jane Cha
  • Jon Murray
  • Meryl Poster
  • Sara Rea
Running time62 to 64 minutes
(Season 8–present)
40 to 42 minutes
(Season 1–7)
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelLifetime
(2009–present)
Bravo
(2004–2008)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runDecember 1, 2004 (2004-12-01) – present
External links
Website
 
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Project Runway
PRLogo12.jpg
GenreReality competition
Created byEli Holzman
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons12
No. of episodes137
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Barbara Schneeweiss
  • Bob Weinstein
  • Colleen Sands
  • David Hillman
  • Desiree Gruber
  • Gena McCarthy
  • Harvey Weinstein
  • Heidi Klum
  • Jane Cha
  • Jon Murray
  • Meryl Poster
  • Sara Rea
Running time62 to 64 minutes
(Season 8–present)
40 to 42 minutes
(Season 1–7)
Production company(s)
Broadcast
Original channelLifetime
(2009–present)
Bravo
(2004–2008)
Picture format480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original runDecember 1, 2004 (2004-12-01) – present
External links
Website

Project Runway is an American reality television series on Lifetime, previously on the Bravo network, created by Eli Holzman which focuses on fashion design and is hosted by model Heidi Klum. The contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and one or more designers are eliminated each week.

On July 4, 2006, the show's producers, The Weinstein Company, announced a five-year deal that would relocate the show to Lifetime, beginning with Season 6. In response, NBCUniversal filed a lawsuit against the Weinstein Company for violating its contract rights.[1] A September 2008 court decision granted NBCU's request for an injunction, preventing Lifetime from promoting or exhibiting "Runway" until further notice.[2]

On April 1, 2009, the lawsuit between The Weinstein Company and NBCUniversal was settled, with Weinstein agreeing to pay NBC an undisclosed sum for the right to move the show to Lifetime.[3][4] Season 6 began airing on Lifetime on August 20, 2009.[5] On August 27, 2009, NBC Universal wound up gaining partial ownership of Lifetime, when A&E Television Networks, which was already partially owned by NBC, acquired the channel's parent company, Lifetime Entertainment Services. It premiered on the Slice channel in Canada on September 12.[6]

Format[edit]

Project Runway uses progressive elimination to reduce the initial field of 12 or more fashion designers down to 3 before the final challenge. Each non-finale challenge (the scope of one episode) requires the designers to develop one or several pieces of new clothing to be presented at a runway show. The challenges range in creative diversity to test the designers' ingenuity while maintaining their personal design aesthetic. These challenges may include creating a garment from non-traditional materials, such as: apartment furnishings (Season 3), recyclable materials (Season 3), items from a grocery store (Seasons 1 & 5), edible food items (Seasons 1, 4 & 10), plants and flowers (Season 2), using their own clothes that they happened to be wearing (Season 2), designing clothing with materials from a party store (season 8) ; or designing for a certain high-profile person (such as actress Brooke Shields, figure skater Sasha Cohen or Miss USA Tara Conner); or designing for a corporate fashion line (e.g., Banana Republic; Diane von Fürstenberg; Macy's; or Sarah Jessica Parker's Bitten); or centered around a specialized theme (such as "cocktail party", "wedding gown", "female wrestling outfit", or "prom dress").

Project Runway judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors

The show took place in New York City for Seasons One through Five (with a short stop in Paris in Season 3) with designers using a workroom at The New School university's Parsons The New School for Design. They shop for materials at a fabric store in New York's Garment District (usually at MOOD Designer Fabrics) – unless the challenge requires otherwise (e.g., denim jackets and jeans from Levi's, confectionery and souvenirs at the Hershey's Store in Times Square, or fabric at Spandex House in Season 4). The designers live together, grouped by gender, at Atlas New York (an apartment building near Parsons) during Seasons 1–3 (back again at Season 5) and at New Gotham during Season 4. Along with the network change to Lifetime, the location changed from New York to Los Angeles for Season 6. While on the show, the designers are prohibited from leaving the apartments without authorization, making unauthorized communication with family or friends, or using the Internet to research designs. Designers are also forbidden to bring pattern books or similar how-to materials with them during the show, or risk being disqualified from the competition (as was the case of Keith Michael in Season 3).

The designers are given a budgeted stipend to select and purchase fabric and notions, and then provided a limited amount of time to finish their designs (the shortest being 5 hours and the longest being two or three days, with the exception of fashion week when they are given 12 weeks). Often, the designers work independently, although on some challenges, contestants must work in teams or as a single collective group. Once the deadline is reached, the designers must dress their models and select their hair, make-up, and accessories. Each model walks down the runway, and the garment the contestant made is rated by a panel of judges, who score each look in several categories from 0 to 5, and often provide personal annotations and comments regarding the presented designs. The judges then interview the six remaining designers who garnered the highest and the lowest scores (usually a top 3 and a bottom 3), and share their opinions while listening to the designers' defense of their outfits, then confer as a group in private. The panel then announces the winning and losing designers based on their scores and other considerations. Typically, the winner receives immunity for the next challenge, and therefore cannot be eliminated. As the season progresses, immunity is disregarded during later challenges to prevent the designers from getting an easy pass to make it into the final round. Other incentives given to the contestants aside from winning immunity include: The winning garment may be featured in print media, integrated into a limited edition look for a particular clothing brand, or sold at an online fashion store (e.g., BlueFly.com beginning in Season 4 onwards). Generally, the loser of each challenge is eliminated from the competition, with host Klum giving him or her a double air kiss on the runway and wishing the eliminated designer her catchphrase, Auf Wiedersehen, before they depart. Thus, elimination from the show is sometimes called "being auf'd"—a play on words as it can be interpreted as offed.

After the final challenge, the remaining three designers are then told to prepare a complete fashion collection of twelve looks to be presented at New York Fashion Week in Bryant Park. The finalists are given 12 weeks and $8000 for this task, which they perform at their own homes or studios. While some construction work can be outsourced, the majority of the garments must be created by the designers themselves. Prior to the show, the finalists must return to New York City to oversee model casting, hair and make-up consultations, finishing touches to their clothes, final fitting on their models, and possibly an additional challenge, such as designing another outfit to blend in with the collection (as in Seasons 2, 5, 6 and 8). Their receipts are also handed over to the producers of the show to determine if they went over budget or had outsourcing done as favors, both of which are against the rules. If rules are violated, they may be forced to eliminate a crucial aesthetic factor in their presentation (e.g., Jeffrey Sebelia's blond wigs and pleated leather shorts in Season 3); or the judging panel might lower their scoring, if they insist upon using a forbidden item (e.g., Kara Saun's outsourced footwear in Season 1). The ultimate winner is selected by the judges, and receives $100,000 to start his or her own design line, a feature spread in Elle magazine, and a mentorship from a design firm (ended on Season 3). The winner is also given the optional opportunity to sell his or her collection on bluefly.com. Subsequent seasons have also included a new car as part of the prize package, courtesy of the automobile company Saturn.

Female fashion models, who work with the designers throughout the season, are also in the competition. Each week, as the number of designers dwindles, the number of models is also reduced. Models are randomly pre-assigned to a designer during the first challenge, but from the second challenge onwards, the designers are able to choose the model with whom they wish to work. During weekly model eliminations, the models stand on a runway with Klum, in front of the seated group of designers. The models always appear in barefoot, hair tied back and wearing a little black dress. The designers then pick their models in sequence, based upon their respective scores in the previous design competition. Originally, model selection happened at the start of every episode save for the first. The winner of the previous challenge receiving first pick, and the other designers picking models in order through Klum's random draw of large red shirt buttons with their names stored in a black velvet bag. However, there were times when only the winning designer was given the choice to pick with the following choices: either keep his or her previous model, take the losing designer's model from the last challenge, or switch models with another competing designer. Beginning with Season 6, model selection appears on a companion program, Models of the Runway, usually near the end of that show. At the end of the weekly model selection process, the one unpicked model is sent home. This losing model is also given host Klum's air kiss and Auf Wiedersehen before leaving the runway. Included in the prize package for the winning model is coverage in Elle magazine, featuring the winning designer's twelve-piece collection as part of her prize. However, certain challenges may not require the models at all, such as: giving a competing designer a head-to-toe makeover (Season 2 and 5), designers creating their own looks (Season 3), designing menswear (Season 4), or creating a garment for a specific client (e.g., reconstructed outfits for women who lost weight, or wrestling costumes for the WWE Divas in Season 4).

Joining Klum in judging duties are American top designer Michael Kors, Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia, and a fourth judge – typically a fashion designer (Diane von Fürstenberg, Vera Wang, Zac Posen, Austin Scarlett, Francisco Costa, Betsey Johnson, Alberta Ferretti, Roberto Cavalli, Monique Lhuillier, Catherine Malandrino), a supermodel (Iman or Alessandra Ambrosio), a celebrity (Victoria Beckham, Sarah Jessica Parker, Christina Aguilera, Nicky Hilton, Natalie Portman), or a professional from an industry related to the challenge given (Nancy O'Dell, Rachel Zoe, Tiki Barber, Apolo Anton Ohno, Patricia Field, Ivanka Trump). Tim Gunn, former Chair of the Fashion School at Parsons The New School for Design and now Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne Inc., acts as mentor to the designers and does not participate in the judging. Instead, he visits the designers midway through each challenge to comment and suggest improvements for each design, as well as announcing additional challenge updates and enforcing the time limit before each runway show. Gunn also usually announces the design challenges along with from Klum, and accompanies the designers during their fabric shopping at MOOD or on field trips related to a particular challenge. Gunn serves other functions as well, including bidding farewell to each eliminated designer and model, and visiting the homes of each of the three finalist designers.

Seasons[edit]

Regular series[edit]

SeasonPremiere DateFinale DateNo. of
Designers
WinnerRunner-up2nd runner-upDesigner PrizesModel Prizes
3rd runner-up
1December 1, 2004February 23, 200512Jay McCarroll &
Julia Beynon
Kara Saun &
Jenny Toth
Wendy Pepper &
Melissa Haro
  • $100,000 to start his own line
  • A mentorship with Banana Republic
  • An editorial feature in Elle magazine
  • A spread in Elle magazine
N/A
2December 7, 2005March 8, 200616Chloe Dao &
Grace Kelsey
Daniel Vosovic &
Rebecca Holliday
Santino Rice &
Heather Brown
  • A spread in Elle magazine
N/A
3July 12, 2006October 18, 200615Jeffrey Sebelia &
Marilinda Rivera
Uli Herzner &
Nazri Segaro
Laura Bennett &
Camilla Barungi
  • $100,000 to start his own line
  • A mentorship with INC (Inter-National Concepts) Design
  • An editorial feature in Elle magazine
  • One year of representation with Designers Management Agency
  • A 2007 Saturn Sky roadster
  • A spread in Elle magazine
Mychael Knight &
Clarissa Anderson
4November 14, 2007March 5, 200815Christian Siriano &
Lisa Nargi
Rami Kashou &
Sam Ruggiero
Jillian Lewis &
Lauren Browne
  • $100,000 to start his own line
  • An editorial feature in Elle magazine
  • The opportunity to sell a fashion line on Bluefly.com
  • A 2008 Saturn Astra automobile
  • A spread in Elle magazine
N/A
5July 16, 2008October 15, 200816Leanne Marshall &
Tia Shipman
Korto Momolu &
Katarina Munez
Kenley Collins &
Topacio Pena
  • $100,000 to start her own line
  • An editorial feature in Elle magazine
  • The opportunity to sell a fashion line on Bluefly.com
  • A 2009 Saturn Vue Hybrid
  • A spread in Elle magazine
N/A
6August 20, 2009November 19, 200916Irina Shabayeva &
Kalyn Hemphill
Althea Harper &
Tanisha Harper
Carol H. Whitfield &
Lisa Blades
  • $100,000 to start her own line
  • An editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine
  • An all-expenses-paid trip for two to Paris
N/A
7January 14, 2010April 22, 201016Seth Aaron Henderson &
Kristina Sajko
Emilio Sosa &
Lorena Angjeli
Mila Hermanovski &
Brandise Danesewich
  • $100,000 to start his own line
  • An editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine
  • The opportunity to sell a fashion line on Bluefly.com
  • A $50,000 technology suite from Hewlett-Packard
N/A
8July 29, 2010October 28, 201017Gretchen Jones &
Millana Snow
Mondo Guerra &
Tina Marie Clarke
Andy South &
Lenka Dayrit
  • $100,000 to start her own line
  • An editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine
  • The opportunity to sell a fashion line on Piperlime.com
  • A $50,000 technology suite from Hewlett-Packard
N/A
9July 28, 2011October 27, 201116Anya Ayoung-Chee &
Sveta Glebova
Joshua McKinley &
Sonia Niekrasz
Viktor Luna &
Erika K. Jones
  • $100,000 to start her own line
  • An editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine
  • The opportunity to sell a fashion line on Piperlime.com
  • A $50,000 technology suite from Hewlett-Packard
Kimberly Goldson &
Bojana Draskovic
10July 19, 2012October 18, 201216Dmitry Sholokhov &
Katt Vogel
Fabio Costa &
Hannah Herreid
Melissa Fleis &
Lacee Teel
  • $100,000 from L’Oréal Paris to start his/her own line
  • A fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine
  • A 2013 Lexus GS 350
  • A $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel to create his/her own vision and run his/her business
  • The opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor
  • $25,000 from L'Oréal Paris EverStyle
  • Appear in the designer's editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine
Christopher Palu &
Claudia Ruff
11January 24, 2013April 25, 201316Michelle Lesniak Franklin &
Lisa Jackson
Patricia Michaels &
Katrina Topacio
Stanley Hudson &
Anna Kanehara
  • $150,000 to start her own line
  • A 2013 Lexus GS 350
  • A $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel
  • Design and sell an exclusive collection at Lord & Taylor* $25,000 from L'Oréal Paris EverStyle
  • Appear in the designer's Marie Claire editorial feature
12July 18, 2013[7]October 17, 201316Dom Streater
& Rayuana Aleyce
Alexandria von Bromssen
& Ya Jagne
Justin LeBlanc
& Ji Young Baek
  • $150,000 from GoBank[7]
  • $100,000 fabric allowance from Tide[7]
  • $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel[7]
  • $50,000 styling contract with L'Oréal Paris[7]
  • A 2014 Lexus IS 350[7]
  • A spa retreat for two in the Maldives[7]
  • A chance to design and sell a collection at Belk[7]
  • A complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery[7]
  • A fashion spread in Marie Claire[7]
  • $25,000 from L'Oréal Paris.[7]
  • Fashion spread in Marie Claire[7]
Bradon McDonald
& Cameron Corrigan

All Stars edition[edit]

SeasonPremiere DateFinale DateNo. of
Designers
WinnerRunner-up2nd runner-upDesigner PrizesRunners-up Prizes
1January 5, 2012March 22, 201213Mondo GuerraAustin ScarlettMichael Costello
  • Exclusive designer’s boutique in select Neiman Marcus stores and on NeimanMarcus.com
  • $100,000 in technology and office space to help grow their business from HP and Intel
  • $100,000 cash from L’Oreal Paris
  • A feature spread in Marie Claire, for which he serve as a guest editor for one year
  • A sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother International
  • An exclusive first class flight to Paris, courtesy of Open Skies Airlines
  • A Hotel retreatment for one week in Paris at Le Meurice and at Plaza Athénéé
2October 25, 2012January 17, 201313Anthony Ryan AuldEmilo SosaUli Herzner
  • A custom-branded capsule collection for Nine West, receive $150,000 in cash
  • A sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother Sewing and Embroidery
  • An all-expenses paid trip around the world to attend fashion week, courtesy of Laura Mercier
  • A technology suite provided by HP and Intel
  • A fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine
  • A position with the publication of the aforementioned magazine as Contributing Editor for one year
N/A
3October 24, 2013January 9, 201411Seth Aaron HendersonKorto MomoluElena Slivnyak
  • A custom-branded capsule collection for QVC, receive $150,000 in cash
  • A sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother Sewing and Embroidery
  • A year's supply and an all-expenses paid trip for two to South-East Asia, courtesy of resource®
  • A year's professional hair styling and photography for all of the designer’s upcoming fashion shows, courtesy of Alterna Haircare
  • A year’s worth of beauty products for their fashion shows as well as professional makeup artist services for their debut show, courtesy of Mary Kay Cosmetics
  • A technology suite provided by HP and Intel
  • A fashion spread in and a contributing editor position for one year at Marie Claire magazine
N/A

Season 1[edit]

Project Runway premiered its first season on December 1, 2004. During this season, Project Runway received critical acclaim, including an Emmy nomination for outstanding competitive reality series. Growth in audience popularity was also dramatic from its debut to the season finale, making it a sleeper hit. Project Runway gave Bravo one of its most successful series since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

The winning designer of the first season was Pennsylvania-based designer Jay McCarroll. Second place was Kara Saun, and third was Wendy Pepper. As his prize for winning the competition among 12 designers, McCarroll was eligible to receive a $100,000 cash prize, a mentorship with Banana Republic to aid in developing his own fashion label (both of which he turned down), and display of his work in the American edition of Elle magazine. The winning model of the first season, selected by McCarroll, was Julia Beynon, who beat out models Jenny Toth (for Kara Saun) and Melissa Haro (for Wendy Pepper).

Austin Scarlett produced a decoy collection for Fashion Week after being eliminated in the controversial "Nancy O'Dell Grammy Challenge", causing outrage among fans. His appearance at Fashion Week was an 11th hour decision made by the show's producers who were concerned that the identity of the three finalists would be revealed before the Project Runway Season 1 finale aired. The ploy was later adopted for the show's succeeding seasons.

In 2008, Jay McCarrol, in conjunction with Here! Films released the feature length documentary "Eleven Minutes". The feature documentary chronicles his year-long post Project Runway journey preparing his first independent runway show for New York's Fashion Week in Bryant Park and the subsequent selling of his line to stores. Also in 2008, Jay McCarroll launched his own online fashion boutique, The Colony.

The cast members were Jay McCarroll, Kara Saun, Wendy Pepper, Austin Scarlett, Mario Cadenas, Nora Caliguri, Daniel Franco, Starr Ilzhoefer, Kevin Johnn, Vanessa Riley, Robert Plotkin, and Alexandra Vidal.

Season 2[edit]

The series' second season began on December 7, 2005. Following a nationwide search earlier in the year, sixteen designers were chosen as semi-finalists and brought to New York City in June 2005. After the first challenge, called Road to the Runway, fourteen went on to compete as finalists. The winning designer, Houston-based Chloe Dao, received $100,000 in seed money to help launch her own line, a one year contract with Designers Management Agency, a 2007 Saturn Sky roadster, a spread in Elle magazine, and a mentorship with the Banana Republic Design Team. Michael Kors and Nina Garcia returned as judges for the second season. The final judging seat rotated each week, based on the challenge. Tim Gunn, fashion chair at Parsons The New School for Design, returned as a mentor for the designers. Chloe Dao (paired with model Grace Kelsey) beat out rivals Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice.

Season 2's competitors were Zulema Griffin, Santino Rice, Raymundo Baltazar, Marla Duran, Kirsten Ehrig, Guadalupe Vidal, Emmett McCarthy, Diana Eng, John Wade, Daniel Vosovic, Chloe Dao, Kara Janx, Daniel Franco, Andraé Gonzalo, Heidi Standridge, and Nick Verreos.

Season 3[edit]

Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia, and Michael Kors returned for season three, which began airing on July 12, 2006. Season 3 introduced a new set of sponsors, notably Macy's replacing Banana Republic, in advance of Macy's conversion of former May Company department stores.

The season finale aired on October 18, 2006. Mychael Knight was the first to be eliminated in the season finale for his collection titled "Street Safari." Knight was a fan favorite, but his line did not appeal to the judges. In a "Reunion" episode that aired on October 4, 2006, viewers voted Mychael Knight as their favorite designer, earning him a $10,000 prize. Laura Bennett was the second eliminated for her collection of cocktail dresses and evening wear, though the judges praised her for how expensive her items looked. During taping, Bennett found out she was pregnant with her sixth child. Jeffrey Sebelia was voted the winner by the judges. His model was Marilinda Rivera. Jeffrey's designs edged out fellow designers Uli Herzner (with Nazri Segaro), Laura Bennett (with Camilla Barungi), and Mychael Knight (with Clarissa Anderson), to take the coveted Elle fashion spread. Uli Herzner was the runner-up and was also highly praised by the judges for her collection. Sebelia's girlfriend and son were there to celebrate his win with him.

There were many dramatic scenes which played out this season. Designer Keith Michael became the first designer to be asked to leave the show for multiple rule violations. He was found to be in possession of prohibited pattern-making books and left the production site for several hours, during which time he used the internet. Sebelia was accused of having outside help to finish his garments by fellow competitor Laura Bennett. The issue was investigated, and it was declared that he had followed the guidelines. Because he could not produce a receipt for a pair of leather shorts he had sent out for pleating, he removed that item from the show. In addition, because he had gone over budget by $227.95, he removed the blonde wigs he had planned for his runway models in order to drop below budget. Also, for the first time, the last four designers were selected as finalists (Jeffrey Sebelia, Laura Bennett, Ulrike "Uli" Herzner, and Mychael Knight), with no decoy collection to serve as a distraction before the finale aired, and allowed to compete at New York Fashion Week.

During Season 5, there was a poll consisting of the most memorable moments of Project Runway. Among the most notable were Keith's disqualification, Sebelia's issues with competitor Angela Kesler's mother, and the controversy about Sebelia's final collection.

Designers for Season 3 were: Alison Kelly, Angela Keslar, Bonnie Dominguez, Bradley Baumkirchner, Jeffrey Sebelia, Katherine Gerdes, Kayne Gillaspie, Keith Michael, Laura Bennett, Malan Breton, Michael Knight, Robert Best, Stacey Estrella, Uli Herzner, and Vincent Libretti.

Season 4[edit]

Casting auditions for Season 4 of Project Runway began in April 2007, with production taking place in June and July. The fourth season premiered on November 14, 2007, with Heidi Klum returning as host and Tim Gunn returning as design mentor. Earlier in the year Gunn was named Chief Creative Officer for Liz Claiborne Inc.[8] Cast members for Season 4 were revealed during episodes of Tim Gunn's Guide to Style.

This was the first season a designer was compelled to quit the competition for medical reasons. Jack Mackenroth left in Episode 5 and was replaced by Chris March, who had been the most recently eliminated designer.

This was also the first season in which four designers were chosen to prepare collections for Fashion Week, but only three proceeded on in the competition to show their collections at Fashion Week. Christian Siriano, who had won the last challenge, was assured of presenting his designs at Fashion Week. Jillian Lewis, the runner up in the last challenge, was also guaranteed a spot. In a new finale twist, Rami Kashou and Chris March had to show the three best pieces from their collections to the judges. Kashou was selected.

Kathleen "Sweet P." Vaughn, the last designer eliminated before the finale, produced a decoy collection for Fashion Week, along with Chris March. Siriano won $10,000 as the Project Runway Season 4 Fan Favorite. Season 3 Fan Favorite winner Mychael Knight brought out the check to Siriano during the Reunion episode. Siriano became the fourth and youngest winner of Project Runway. His model, Lisa Nargi, won the Elle fashion editorial featuring his winning designs at Fashion Week, over fellow models Sam Ruggiero (for Rami Kashou) and Lauren Browne (for Jillian Lewis). This was also the first season of the show in which the final three models did not wear the finale pieces of their respective designers.

Season 5 had a series poll consisting the 22 most memorable moments of Project Runway. The season 4 moments consist of Michael Kors losing it during a competition, designer Elisa Jimenez's spit marks, the designers talking about their wrestling names, Mackenroth's departure/March's return, Siriano's drama with a teen, Sarah Jessica Parker surprising the designers, and Victoria Beckham telling Siriano she would love to wear any of his clothing.

"It's Sew Not Over", a post-show competition, designers were asked to create a three piece collection that would be voted online by the viewing public. Jillian Lewis was chosen as the winner.[9]

Seasons cast members: Christian Siriano, Ricky Lizalde, Steven Rosengard, Carmen Webber, Kevin Christiana, Marion Lee, Rami Kashou, Elisa Jimenez, Victorya Hong, Simone LeBlanc, Kathleen Vaughn, Christina Scarbo, Jillian Lewis, Jack Mackenroth, and Chris March.

Season 5[edit]

Season five began on Wednesday July 16, 2008, at its new time of 9/8c on Bravo with Heidi Klum returning as host and Tim Gunn returning as design mentor with 16 new designers: Jerell Scott, Korto Momolu, Leanne Marshall, Kenley Collins, Daniel Feld, Joe Faris, Keith Bryce, Kelli Martin, Stella Zotis, Jennifer Diederich, Stephen "Suede" Baum, Emily Brandle, Terri Stevens, Wesley Nault, and Blayne Walsh.

This first episode was the first time that they repeated a challenge from a previous season: the Gristedes challenge, in which the designers had to make a design of their choice using what they could find at a grocery store. The episode, featuring a special guest judge appearance by first season competitor Austin Scarlett, was intended as an homage to the glories of past seasons, the fifth season being the last on Bravo and by original producers Magical Elves.

This season also featured more stars from the acting and music industries than usual. Natalie Portman, Sandra Bernhard, Apolo Anton Ohno, Brooke Shields, RuPaul, LL Cool J all acted as special guest judge in a challenge. Jennifer Lopez also was supposed to be the guest judge in the finale, but bowed out at the last minute, so Tim Gunn took her place.

For the first time, six people showed collections for Fashion Week. Joe Faris and Stephen "Suede" Baum, the last two designers eliminated, and Jerell Scott, who was eliminated in the first part of the finale, showed decoy collections.

For the first time, all of the finalists (Kenley Collins, Korto Momolu and Leanne Marshall) were female. The second part of the season finale was aired October 15, 2008. All three collections were well received. Kenley was praised for her well-tailored designs, but was eliminated first for some of her designs were reminiscent of other professional designers' collections. The judges admired Korto's ethnic touches on her designs, but thought that a few were overworked. Leanne was declared the winner for her wave patterns. Her model, Tia Shipman, received a spread in Elle magazine. The other models were Katarina Munez (for Korto) and Topacio Pena (for Kenley).

For the first time since Season 1, there was no reunion or opening introduction due to time restraints. However, Bravo continued to stage the fan favorite contest, with Momulu winning.

Designers for season 5 were: Blayne Walsh, Daniel Feld, Emily Brandle, Jennifer Diederich, Jerell Scott, Jerry Tam, Joe Faris, Keith Bryce, Kelli Martin, Kenley Collins, Korto Momolu, Leanne Marshall, Stella Zotis, Suede, Terri Stevens, and Wesley Nault.

Season 6[edit]

The sixth season was the first season of Project Runway to be filmed in Los Angeles, at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising,[10] rather than New York. The pre-finale filming concluded on Friday, October 17, 2008.[11]

The sixth season had been announced to begin airing in January 2009 on Lifetime, but was delayed due to legal issues. The announcement occurred before NBC Universal sought preliminary injunctive action effectively enjoining production. The launch was further delayed due to Lifetime's request that the suit between NBC Universal and The Weinstein Co. be removed to federal court.[12][13][14]

The three finalists of the sixth season showed their collections at New York Fashion Week at Bryant Park on February 20, 2009, but the finalists were not named and did not appear onstage that day.[15] Irina Shabayeva won the competition with her model Kalyn Hemphill. Althea Harper and her model Tanisha Harper placed second in the competition, followed by Carol Hannah Whitfield and her model Lisa Blades. This was the second season overall (and the second consecutive season) where all three finalists were female.

On April 1, 2009, the lawsuit between Weinstein Co. and NBC Universal was settled, with Weinstein agreeing to pay NBC an undisclosed sum for the right to move the show to Lifetime.[3][4] The season began airing on Lifetime on August 20, 2009, and featured guest judges such as Christina Aguilera, Eva Longoria and Lindsay Lohan.

The designers were: Nicolas Putvinski, Ra'mon-Lawrence Coleman, Shirin Askari, Qristyl Frazier, Malvin Vien, Louise Black, Mitchell Hall, Epperson, Althea Harper, Ari Fish, Carol Hannah Whitfield, Johnny Sakalis, Irina Shabayeva, Gordana Gehlhausen, Christopher Straub, and Logan Neitzel.

Season 7[edit]

The casting process for Season 7 began in May 2009.[16] The show returned to New York City for Season 7, and premiered on January 14, 2010.[17] Nina Garcia and Michael Kors are returning as judges for the entire length of the season, along with mentor Tim Gunn and host Heidi Klum.

The cast members were: Amy Sarabi, Seth Aaron Henderson, Emillio Sosa, Jonathan Joseph Peters, Jay Nicolas Sario, Maya Luz, Mila Hermanovski, Christiane King, Pamela Ptak, Ping Wu, Jesus Estrada, Anna Lynett, Janeane Marie Ceccanti, Jesse LeNoir, Ben Chmura and Anthony Williams.

Seth Aaron Henderson was declared the winner of Season 7 on April 22, 2010, who beat out rivals Emilio Sosa and Mila Hermanovski.

Season 8[edit]

The eighth season of Project Runway began airing July 29, 2010, on the Lifetime network with a new 90-minute format for each episode and in a new time-slot, 9pm PT/ET. Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, and Nina Garcia returned as judges. Tim Gunn returned to mentor the 17 competing designers, the most in the show's history.

The designers were A.J. Thouvenot, Andy South, April Johnson, Casanova, Christopher Collins, Gretchen Jones, Ivy Higa, Jason Troisi, Kristen Haskin Simms, McKell Maddox, Michael Costello, Michael Drummond, Mondo Guerra, Nicholas D'Aurizio, Peach Carr, Sarah Trost, and Valerie Mayen.

This winner of Project Runway season eight received $100,000 from L'Oréal Paris, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel, and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection on Piperlime.com. The model paired with the winning designer won a designer's editorial feature in Marie Claire magazine and received $25,000 from L'Oréal Studio Secrets Professional.[18]

Gretchen Jones was declared the winner of Season 8 on October 28, 2010.

Season 9[edit]

Season 9 of Project Runway premiered on July 28, 2011.[19]

The desigers of Season 9 are Anthony Ryan Auld, Anya Ayoung-Chee, Becky Ross, Bert Keeter, Bryce Black, Cecilia Motwani, Danielle Everine, Fallene Wells, Joshua McKinley, Joshua Christensen, Julie Tierney, Kimberly Goldson, Laura Kathleen, Olivier Green, Rafael Cox, and Viktor Luna.[20]

Anya Ayoung-Chee was declared the Winner of Project Runway Season 9 on October 27, 2011. Anya won over rivals Joshua McKinley, Viktor Luna, and Kimberly Goldson.

Season 10[edit]

Season 10 premiered July 19, 2012.

The designers of season 10 are Alicia Hardesty, Andrea Katz, Beatrice Guapo, Buffi Jashanmal, Christopher Palu, Dmitry Sholokhov, Elena Slivnyak, Fabio Costa, Gunnar Deatherage, Kooan Kosuke, Lantie Foster, Melissa Fleis, Nathan Paul, Raul Osorio, Sonjia Williams and Ven Budhu.

Dmitry Sholokhov was declared the Winner of Project Runway Season 10 on October 18, 2012, who beat out rivals Fabio Costa, Melissa Fleis and Christopher Palu.

Season 11[edit]

Season 11 premiered January 24, 2013.

The designers of Season 11 are Amanda Valentine, Benjamin Mach, Cindy Marlatt, Daniel Esquivel, Emily Pollard, James Martinez, Joseph Aaron Segal, Kate Pankoke, Layana Aguilar, Matthew Arthur, Michelle Lesniak Franklin, Patricia Michaels, Richard Hallmarq, Samantha Black, Stanley Hudson and Tu Suthiwat Nakchat

Michelle Lesniak Franklin was declared the Winner of Project Runway Season 11 on April 25, 2013. Michelle won over rivals Patricia Michaels and Stanley Hudson. Originally, Michelle would have been eliminated in Episode 11, but the judges gave her a second chance.

Season 12[edit]

Season 12 premiered July 18, 2013.[7]

The designers of Season 12 are Alexander Pope, Alexandria Von Bromssen, Angela Bacskocky, Bradon McDonald, Dom Streater, Helen Castillo, Jeremy Brandrick, Justin LeBlanc, Kahindo Mateene, Karen Batts, Ken Laurence, Miranda Kay Levy, Sandro Masmanidi, Sue Waller, Timothy Westbrook and Kate Pankoke from Season 11.

Dom Streater was declared the Winner of Project Runway Season 12 on October 17, 2013. Dom won over rivals Alexandria von Bromssen, Justin LeBlanc and Bradon McDonald. Originally, Justin would have been eliminated in Episode 6, but he was given a second chance due to the newly instituted "Tim Gunn Save."[21]

All Stars: Season 1[edit]

Lifetime made a Project Runway All Stars, a series of twelve one-hour episodes featuring past contestants competing in a series of challenges, with a new presenter, judges and coach. An airdate was set for November 3, 2011, but was pushed back to January 5, 2012.[22] The winner was Mondo Guerra.

All Stars: Season 2[edit]

The second season of All-Stars began airing October 25, 2012. Carolyn Murphy replaced Angela Lindvall as host. Isaac Mizrahi was back for Season 2. The contestants were: Wendy Pepper, Andrae Gonzalo, Kayne Gillaspie, Ulrike "Uli" Herzner, Stephen "Suede" Baum, Althea Harper, Emilio Sosa, Peach Carr, Carlos Casanova, Ivy Higa, Anthony Ryan Auld, Laura Kathleen Planck, and Joshua McKinley. The winner was Anthony Ryan Auld.

All Stars: Season 3[edit]

It was announced in June 2013 that a third All Stars season was in the works with Alyssa Milano as the host.[23] Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman are also returning as judges.[23] Zanna Roberts Rassi, the senior fashion editor for Marie Claire, joined this season as the mentor. The season started production in late June 2013,[23] and premiered on October 24, 2013.[24] Mary Kay Cosmetics is the supplier for all makeup used by the designers for this season, and it is their first time to be featured on the series.[citation needed] The returning designers for this season are: Mychael Knight, Jeffrey Sebelia, Korto Momolu, Irina Shabayeva, Seth Aaron Henderson, Ari South, Viktor Luna, Elena Slivnyak, Christopher Palu, Melissa Fleis, Daniel Esquivel. The winner was Seth Aaron Henderson.

Project Accessory[edit]

Project Accessory aired directly after the season finale of Project Runway season 9, premiering on October 27, 2011. The show featured 12 contestants who participated in challenges to design and display the most amazing accessories. With the help of their mentor, Eva Jeanbart-Lorenzotti, they needed to impress host Molly Sims and judges Kenneth Cole and Ariel Foxman, editor of InStyle. Kelly Osbourne and Debra Messing were among the guest judges appearing this past season. The winner was Brian Burkhardt.

Home media[edit]

On November 29, 2005, Miramax released season 1 on DVD. The Weinstein Company released DVDs of seasons 2–8 between 2006 and 2011.

Both a PC and Wii video game were released in 2010.

Project Runway around the world[edit]

CountryNameHostChannelFirst PremiereRegular JudgeSeasonsWinners
Arab League Arab Worldالمصمم العربي
El Musamim El Arabi
Norma NaoumFuture TVFebruary 26, 2006
  • Norma Naoum
  • Maria Aziz
  • Rabih Keyrouz (mentor)
2Season 1, 2006 Julien Abboud
Season 2, 2007 Mohammed Ashi
 AustraliaProject Runway AustraliaKristy Hinze (First 2 seasons)
Megan Gale (Season 3 onwards)
ArenaSeason 1: 7 July 2008 – 15 September 2008
Season 2: 8 July 2009 – 16 September 2009
Season 3: 4 July 2011 – 12 September 2011
Season 4: 8 October 2012 – 17 December 2012
  • Jarrad Clark
  • Kirrily Johnston
  • Alex Perry (mentor)
4Season 1, 2008 Juli Grbac
Season 2, 2009 Anthony Capon
Season 3, 2011 Dylan Cooper
Season 4, 2012 Christina Exie
 BelgiumDe DesignersEvi HanssenVTMDecember 16, 2008
  • Christophe Coppens
  • Veerle Windels
  • Ann Claes
  • Erik Verdonck (mentor)
2N/A
 BrazilProjeto FashionAdriane GalisteuBandSeptember 11, 20111N/A
 CanadaProject Runway CanadaImanSlice
Global
October 8, 2007
  • Shawn Hewson
  • Rita Silvan
  • Brian Bailey (mentor)
2Season 1, 2007 Evan Biddell
Season 2, 2009 Sunny Fong
 FinlandMuodin huipulleMinna Cheung (season 1) / Nora Vilva (season 2)MTV3November 1, 2009
  • Minna Cheung (hostess and judge season 1)
  • Nora Vilva (hostess and judge season 2)
  • Anssi Tuupainen (judge season 1)
  • Jaakko Selin (mentor season 1, judge season 2)
  • Janne Renvall (mentor season 2)
2Season 1, 2009 Katri Niskanen
Season 2, 2011 Linda Sipilä
Germany GermanyFashion HeroSteven GätjenProSiebenOctober, 20131Season 1, 2013 Marcel Ostertag
 Hong Kong時裝世界精英大獎
Fashion World Talent Awards
Terence YinTVB Pearl2009
  • Tina Liu
  • Judy Mann
  • Wing Shya
1N/A
 Israelפרויקט מסלול
Proyekt Maslul
Shiraz TalChannel 2 (Reshet)June 17, 2009 – October 2009
  • Vivi Bleish
  • Gal Afel
  • Sason Kedem (mentor)
1Season 1, 2008-2009 Alon Levine
 JamaicaMission CatwalkKeneea Linton-GeorgeTVJMarch 15, 2011
  • Keneea Linton-George (mentor season 2, hostess and judge seasons 1-3)
  • Novia McDonald-Whyte
  • Carlton Brown
  • Sandra Kennedy (mentor Season 1)
  • Kay Davitian (mentor)
3N/A
 MexicoProject Runway Mexico & Latin AmericaRebecca de AlbaFashion TVSeptember 20, 2010
  • Claudia Pandolfo
  • Ángel Sánchez
  • Mariano Toledo (mentor in Season 1-2) Jorge Duque Velez (mentor season 3)
3Template:Season 1, Jorge Duque Velez Season 2, Karin Koo Season 3, Matias Hernan
 MalaysiaProject Runway MalaysiaBernie Chan8TVAugust 3, 20071Season 1, 2007 Felix Chin
 NetherlandsProject CatwalkRenate Verbaan (season 1 & 2)
Stacey Rookhuizen (season 3)
RTL 5October 8, 2007
  • Simone Dernee (season 1)
  • Cecile Narinx (season 2)
  • Daryl van Wouw (season 1 & 2)
  • Olcay Gulsen (season 3)
  • Jan Taminiau (season 3)
3Season 1, 2007 Django Steenbakker
 NorwayDesignerspireneVendela KirsebomTV3February 26, 2007 – May, 20071Season 1, 2005-2006 Daniel Sørensen
 PhilippinesProject Runway PhilippinesTeresa Herrera
(2008–2009)
Tweetie De Leon
(2011–present)
ETC
SBN 21
Season 1: July 30, 2008 – November 12, 2008
Season 2: August 12, 2009 – December 2, 2009
Season 3: March 25, 2012 – May 13, 2012
  • Apples Aberin-Sahdwani
  • Rajo Laurel
  • Jojie Lloren (mentor)
3Season 1, 2008 Aries Lagat
Season 2, 2009 Manny Marquez
Season 3, 2012 Milka Quin Redoble
 PolandProject RunwayAnja RubikTVNMarch 2014
  • Joanna Przetakiewicz
  • Mariusz Przybylski
  • Tomasz Ossoliński (mentor)
1N/A
 PortugalProjecto ModaNayma MingasRTP1July 25, 2010 – September 26, 2010
  • Manuel Alves
  • Fátima Cotta
  • Cristina Pinho
  • Paulo Gomes (mentor)
1Season 1, 2010 Carina Duarte
 RussiaПроект Подиум
Project Runway Russia
Anna SedokovaMTV RussiaOctober 8, 2011
  • Elena Sotnikova
  • Leonid Alexeyev
  • Pavel Kaplevich (mentor)
1N/A
 South Korea프로젝트 런웨이 코리아
Project Runway Korea
Lee So-raOnstyleFebruary 7, 2009
  • Shin Yoo-jin
  • Kim Seok-won
  • Kan Ho-sup (mentor)
4Season 1, 2008 Lee Woo-kyung
Season 2, 2009 Jung Go-woun
Season 3, 2010 Shin Joo-yeon
Season 4, 2011 Kim Hye-ran
All-Stars 1 Hwang Jae-geun
 SwedenProject Runway SverigeSofi FahrmanTV3October 1, 2012
  • Rossana Mariano
  • Marcel Marongiu
  • Rohdi Heintz (mentor)
1Season 1, 2012 Naim Josefi
 TaiwanSuper DesignerLi JingTTVAugust 26, 2010
  • Ku Yu Wen
  • Hong Wei Ming
  • Lu Shu Fen
  • Lin Li
  • Wen Xiao Hong
N/A
 TurkeyProje ModaGüzide DuranStar TVJuly 9, 2007
  • Cemil İpekçi
  • Işın Görmüş
  • Barbarossa
N/A
 United KingdomProject CatwalkElizabeth Hurley
(2006)
Kelly Osbourne
(2007–2008)
Sky One2006–20083Season 1, 2006 Kirsty Doyle
Season 2, 2007 Wayne Aveline
Season 3, 2008 Jasper Garvida
 VietnamProject Runway: Nhà thiết kế thời trang Việt NamNgô Thanh VânVTV3Season 1: April 28 – June 16, 2013
  • Đỗ Mạnh Cường
  • Chloe Dao
  • Trần Nguyễn Thiên Hương
  • Nguyễn Thanh Tùng (mentor)
1N/A

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