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Project Runway

Project Runway

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Photo Credit:  Miller Mobley/Bravo
  • Premiered: 
    December 1, 2004
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  • Network: Bravo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: fashion

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum (Seasons 1-16) or Karlie Kloss (Season 17), PROJECT RUNWAY is a competition reality series set in the glamorous world of the fashion industry. Up-and-coming designers compete in weekly elimination challenges to win the half-million-dollar grand prize, which for Season 12 includes $150,000 cash, $100,000 fabric allowance, a $50,000 styling contract, a fashion spread in "Marie Claire" magazine, a 2014 Lexus IS 350, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk. For the first five seasons, the series aired on Bravo and took place in New York City. After a long legal battle, the program moved to Lifetime for Season 6, originating from Los Angeles. Starting with Season 7, the show continued to air on Lifetime, but the program moved back to New York City. On May 26, 2016 Lifetime renewed PROJECT RUNWAY for three additional seasons, taking the series through Season 18. Two years later, soon after Season 16 concluded, A+E Networks severed its relationship with the production company, TWC Television, and canceled later seasons of the series, following the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Bravo bought the rights to the series, which returned to its original network in March 2019.

Past winners include: Jay McCarroll (Season 1); Chloe Dao (Season 2); Jeffrey Sebelia (Season 3); Christian Siriano (Season 4); Leanne Marshall (Season 5); Irina Shabayeva (Season 6); Seth Aaron Henderson (Season 7); Gretchen Jones (Season 8); Anya Ayoung-Chee (Season 9); Dmitry Sholokhov (Season 10); Michelle Lesniak Franklin (Season 11); Dom Streater (Season 12); Sean Kelly (Season 13); Ashley Nell Tipton (Season 14); Erin Robertson (Season 15); Kentaro Kameyama (Season 16); Sebastian Grey (Season 17).

Returning to its original network, Season 17 of PROJECT RUNWAY premieres Thursday, March 14, 2019 from 8-9:30pm ET/PT on Bravo with a new host Karlie Kloss, new mentor Christian Siriano (Season 4 winner), returning judge Nina Garcia, and new judges Brandon Maxwell & Elaine Welteroth. The new look and feel continues with 16 new designers from across the United States and abroad who compete for the coveted spot of a lifetime, a chance to show their collection during an exclusive runway show for industry insiders and influencers as well as win the largest cash prize in the show's history. With an all-new runway and workroom furnished with sewing and embroidery machines by Brother, a glam room for the models outfitted by TRESemme and Maybelline, along with challenges that embrace the nuances of the fashion industry -- including flash sales, fast fashion, the inclusion of plus-size models, Instagram, a special Elton John challenge inspired by Paramount Pictures' Rocketman, and more. Proving they can survive in the competitive and cutthroat world of fashion, the hopefuls compete in an array of challenges, including a series first -- the flash sale challenge. In several episodes this season, fans will have a higher stake in the show by getting a chance to own a piece of the Runway by voting on the outfits they like best, with both the judges' winning look and a fan-favorite look being manufactured in the USA by Nineteenth Amendment, a production platform producing sustainable clothing on-demand, and sold on Bravotv.com/ProjectRunway. The wining designer will receive the largest prize in the show's history -- $250,000 furnished by the Pilot's FriXion Erasable Gel Ink Pen -- a feature in ELLE, and his or her own featured role in a Bluprint digital series as well as $50,000 to put toward their own design studio also courtesy of Bluprint. Plus, for the first time ever, "Project Runway" is partnering with one of the most prestigious organizations in fashion, CFDA (The Council of Fashion Designers of America) for a one-on-one mentorship including all the tools and connections to create, grow, and sustain a business in fashion. Guest judges for Season 17 include: Marni Senofonte, who is Kendall Jenner's personal stylist as well as the stylist behind Beyonce's Lemonade and Super Bowl 50 looks; actress and Siriano muse Danielle Brooks, who judges a fierce challenge to design a dream dress for the women who keep New York City running; famed designer Dapper Dan drops by to inspire the contestants to think outside the box as he did with luxury fashions in the '80s; and to take things up another notch, rapper/songwriter Cardi B makes a surprise visit and gives commentary as only she can. The Season 17 designers are: Afa Ah Loo (Lotopa, Samoa); Rakan Shams Aldeen (Homs, Syria); Cavanagh Baker (Nashville, TN); Tessa Clark (Greenville, OH); Bishme Cromartie (Baltimore, MD); Venny Etienne (Brooklyn, NY); Jhoan "Sebastian" Grey (Cali, Colombia); Renee Hill (Philadelphia, PA); Sonia Kasparian (Portland, OR); Kovid Kapoor (Brooklyn, NY); Frankie Lewis (Louisville, KY); Lela Orr (Monroe, LA); Jamall Osterholm (Cranston, RI); Nadine Ralliford (Stone Mountain, GA); Gary "Garo Sparo" Spampinato (Bayshore, NY); and Hester Sunshine (Santa Fe, NM).
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Season 18 of PROJECT RUNWAY premiered on Thursday, December 5, 2019 from 9:30-11pm ET/PT on Bravo. Host Karlie Kloss is back, along with Christian Siriano as the mentor and returning judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, and Elaine Welteroth, to decide who has what it takes to make it in this industry. Each 90-minute episode features the return of some fan-favorite elements, including the "Siriano Save," in which Christian has the opportunity to bring one eliminated designer back into the competition, and the piece de resistance, a chance to present a final collection at New York Fashion Week. Gotham remains a main character for this fashion adventure for challenge reveals and runway shows with iconic locations such as the famous TWA Hotel at JFK, The Vessel at Hudson Yards, and Bergdorf Goodman. In addition, the series continues to shine a light on the evolution of fashion and inclusion by featuring a variety of sexual preferences, racial backgrounds and ages including a nonbinary model and a trans model, a "Dreamer," and the oldest designer ever to compete on PROJECT RUNWAY. Challenging fashion norms, the designers are tasked with creating functional outfits for Olympians and Paralympians, as well as turning donated garments from Goodwill of NY into high fashion wear. Guest stars this season include: singer and actress Cyndi Lauper, actress and equal-rights advocate Laverne Cox, comedian and actress Leslie Jones, Olympic gold-medal downhill skier Lindsey Vonn, actress Rachel Brosnahan, fashion designer Thom Browne, legendary artists Ashley Longshore, Emmy-nominated fashion stylist Marni Senofonte, and more.

The 16 new hopefuls for Season 18 include: Brittany Allen (Austin, TX); Asma Bibi (Athens, GA); Chelsey Carter (Chicago, IL); Jenn Charkow (Seattle, WA); Victoria Cocieru (Moldova); Marquise Foster (Brooklyn, NY); Alan Gonzalez (Houston, TX); Sergio Guadarrama (Austin, TX); Dayoung Kim (Portland, OR); Shavi Lewis (Hillside, NJ); Geoffrey Mac (Brooklyn, NY); Delvin McCray (Chicago, IL); Tyler Neasloney (Jersey City, NJ); Veronica Sheaffer (Chicago, IL); and Nancy Volpe-Beringer (Philadelphia, PA);

In the season opener, "Blast Off," the competition begins with some twists right out of the airport gate. With luggage still in tow, the designers are greeted at the iconic TWA Hotel at JFK airport ready to take flight with their first challenge: to create an innovative look inspired by humanity's continued push into space exploration. In a "Runway" first, these unfamiliar designers have to pair up and collaborate to make cohesive pieces that blow away the judges or they are out. Fans will also get a chance to own a piece of the designer creations when they vote on the outfits they like best. Both the judges' winning look and a fan-favorite look will be manufactured in the USA by Nineteenth Amendment, a production platform producing sustainable clothing on-demand, and sold on Bravotv.com/ProjectRunway.

Cast

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by The Weinstein Company
  • Produced by Miramax Films
  • Produced by Bunim-Murray Productions
  • Produced by Full Picture Productions
  • Produced by Magical Elves

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