Project Runway (season 1)

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Project Runway (season 1)
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Host of the show Heidi Klum and season 1 contestants
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 11
Broadcast
Original channel Bravo
Original run

December 1, 2004 – February 23, 2005

Additional information
No. of contestants 12
No. of tasks 10
Winner Jay McCarroll
Season chronology
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Season 2

Project Runway Season 1 was the first season of Project Runway, Bravo's reality competition show for fashion designers. The season 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. As his prize for winning the competition among 12 designers, McCarroll won $100,000, a mentorship with Banana Republic to aid in developing his own fashion label, and a feature of his work in the American edition of ELLE magazine. The winning model of the first season, selected by McCarroll, was Julia Beynon. McCaroll later turned down both the $100,000 and the mentorship with Banana Republic, stating that the prizes came with too much contractual baggage.[1]

Austin Scarlett later appeared in Project Runway: All Stars in 2012, where he finished runner-up. Wendy Pepper, in the same year, competed in the second season of the All Stars edition placing 12th out of 13.

Contestants[edit]

The 12 fashion designers competing in the first season were:

Contestant Age Hometown Place Finished
Daniel Franco 32 Los Angeles, California 12th
Mario Cadenas 23 Pembroke Pines, Florida 11th
Starr Ilzhoefer 27 Charlotte, North Carolina 10th
Vanessa Riley 34 London, England 9th
Nora Caliguri 21 Cheshire, Connecticut 8th
Alexandra Vidal 21 Miami, Florida 7th
Kevin Johnn 37 New York, New York 6th
Robert Plotkin 28 New York, New York 5th
Austin Scarlett 22 New York, New York 4th
Wendy Pepper 39 Middleburg, Virginia 3rd
Kara Saun 37 Los Angeles, California Runner-up
Jay McCarroll 29 Dallas, Pennsylvania Winner

(ages listed are the designers' ages at the time the show was taped in the summer of 2004.)

The 12 models competing for an ELLE spread in the first season were:

Model Age Hometown Place Finished
Mary Henderson 19 Texas 12th
Alison Zebelian 19 Michigan 11th
Josiane Barboza 21 Brazil 10th
Audrey Chihocky 18 Virginia 9th
Joy Pursell 21 Texas 8th
Morgan Quinn 21 Iowa 7th
Erin Denardo 21 New Jersey 6th
Olga Kononova 18 Czech Republic 5th
Martinique Mitchell 21 California 4th
Melissa Haro 17 California 3rd
Jenny Toth 22 Ohio Runner-up
Julia Beynon 20 California Winner

Challenges[edit]

Elimination Chart
Designers 1 2 3 41 5 6 7 8 9 11 Eliminated Episode
Jay IN IN HIGH IN HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW WINNER 11 - Finale
Kara Saun IN WIN IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN LOW RUNNER-UP
Wendy LOW LOW WIN LOW IN LOW LOW LOW WIN 3RD PLACE
Austin WIN IN LOW LOW LOW WIN LOW LOW OUT 9 - Design For The Red Carpet
Robert IN HIGH LOW IN IN HIGH HIGH OUT 8 - Postal Uniform Challenge
Kevin IN IN IN WIN IN LOW OUT 7 - Design A Collection
Alexandra IN IN HIGH HIGH IN OUT 6 - Making A Splash
Nora HIGH LOW IN LOW OUT 5 - "Model" Clients
Vanessa HIGH IN IN OUT 4 - Collaboration
Starr LOW LOW OUT 3 - Commercial Appeal
Mario IN OUT 2 - Vision
Daniel OUT 1 - Innovation
Results
     Limegreen background and WINNER means the designer won Project Runway Season 1.
     Blue background and WIN means the designer won that challenge.
     Turquoise background and HIGH means the designer had the second highest score for that challenge.
     Light blue background and HIGH means the designer had one of the highest scores for that challenge, but did not win.
     Pink background and LOW means the designer had one of the lowest scores for that challenge, but was not eliminated.
     Orange background and LOW means the designer was in the bottom two, but was not eliminated.
     Red background and OUT means the designer lost and was out of the competition.

^Note 1 : : Although Nora's team was voted the best, the judges thought that Nora's teamwork was very poor, therefore she was placed in the bottom two.

Models[edit]

Elimination Chart
Model 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Finale
Julia AV AV JM AS AS JM JM JM JM JM WINNER
Jenny JM KJ NC KS KS KS KS KS KS KS OUT
Melissa RP RP AS KJ NC AS WP WP WP WP OUT
Martinique KJ AS KS AV RP WP KJ AS AS OUT
Olga AS MC KJ VR KJ RP RP RP OUT
Erin MC WP AV JM AV AV AS OUT
Morgan KS VR VR WP JM KJ OUT
Joy VR NC SI NC WP OUT
Audrey SI SI WP RP OUT
Josiane WP KS RP OUT
Alison NC JM OUT
Mary DF OUT
     The model was the winner of Project Runway Season 1
     The model wore the winning designer's outfit
     The model wore the losing designer's outfit
     The model was eliminated
Notes:
  • Designers chose their models prior to each challenge, with the winner of the previous challenge choosing first and the other designers choosing in random order. The model who was not chosen would be eliminated.
  • Since models are eliminated at the beginning of the next episode, no model was eliminated in episode 1.
  • There are only 10 sections for models instead of 11 because no models were out in the reunion episode.
  • During Episode 8, while Jay had selected Julia, she was unable to attend the runway showing. Austin walked in her place.

Designer legend

  • Alexandra Vidal: AV
  • Austin Scarlett: AS
  • Daniel Franco: DF
  • Jay McCarroll: JM
  • Kara Saun: KS
  • Kevin Johnn: KJ
  • Mario Cadenas: MC
  • Nora Caliguri: NC
  • Robert Plotkin: RP
  • Starr Ilzhoefer: SI
  • Vanessa Riley: VR
  • Wendy Pepper: WP

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1: Innovation[edit]

Original airdate: December 1, 2004

Designers created a sexy, glamorous outfit for a night on the town made only from materials bought at a Manhattan supermarket. The designers had a budget of $50 USD and one hour to make their purchases. They had one day to complete the design and the winner had immunity for the next challenge and could not be eliminated.

WINNER: Austin
ELIMINATED: Daniel

Episode 2: Vision[edit]

Original airdate: December 8, 2004

Designers used plain white cotton jersey to build a garment that conveys "envy." They had a budget of $50 USD and one day to complete the design.

WINNER: Kara
ELIMINATED: Mario

Episode 3: Commercial Appeal[edit]

Original airdate: December 15, 2004

Designers created a holiday dress to fit with Banana Republic's current line. They had to pick their fabrics at the studios and had two days to complete their designs.

WINNER: Wendy
ELIMINATED: Starr

Episode 4: Collaboration[edit]

Original airdate: January 5, 2005

The designers created a new look for rising rock star Sarah Hudson. A team event with three teams, each with a lead designer and two assistants. Each team had $150 USD and one day to complete the design.

Team Team Leader Team Members (in the order of being chosen)
1 Kevin Nora, Alexandra
2 Jay Kara, Robert
3 Austin Wendy, Vanessa
WINNER: Kevin
ELIMINATED: Vanessa

Episode 5: "Model" Clients[edit]

Original airdate: January 12, 2005

Working with their chosen models, the designers created a wedding dress for that model. The designers had a budget of $300 USD and two days to complete the design.

WINNER: Kara
ELIMINATED: Nora

Episode 6: Making A Splash[edit]

Original airdate: January 19, 2005

Designers made swimsuits, then attended an evening party with their swimsuit-clad models. The designers had a budget of $75 USD and five hours to complete their garments. The winner was the designer who received a mention from New York Post reporter Richard Johnson on "Page Six," the newspaper's gossip column.

  • Guest Judges: Constance White, Anne Slowey & New York Post reporter Richard Johnson
WINNER: Austin
ELIMINATED: Alexandra

Episode 7: Design A Collection[edit]

Original airdate: January 26, 2005

Designers created a collection for the year 2055 as one team. Kevin was the team leader for this challenge. Each designer had a budget of $50 USD and one day to complete the collection.

Designer Type Of Look
Austin 2055 Cocktail Party Dress
Robert 2055 Streetwear
Kevin 2055 Service Uniform
Wendy 2055 Youth Outfit
Jay 2055 Nightclub Outfit
Kara Saun 2055 Business Suit
WINNER: Kara Saun
ELIMINATED: Kevin

Episode 8: Postal Uniform Challenge[edit]

Original airdate: February 2, 2005

Designers redesigned the uniform worn by United States Postal Service workers. The designers had a budget of $100 USD and one day to complete the design. This episode is particularly notable for the fact that Jay's model was unable to attend the runway showing in time. As a result, Austin walked in her place and received positive feedback for doing so by the judges.

  • Guest Judge: United States Postal Service worker Becky Negich.
WINNER: Kara
ELIMINATED: Robert
  • Note: Kara is the first designer to win two challenges in a row.

Episode 9: Design For The Red Carpet[edit]

Original airdate: February 9, 2005

Designers created a dress for Access Hollywood reporter Nancy O'Dell to wear to the Grammys. The designers had $300 USD and two days to complete the design.

  • Guest Judge: Nancy O'Dell
WINNER: Wendy
ELIMINATED: Austin

Episode 10: Reunion[edit]

Original airdate: February 16, 2005

All of the participating designers gathered for a reunion hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn on the eve of New York Olympus Fashion Week at which the final three designers displayed their collections.

Episode 11: Finale[edit]

Original airdate: February 23, 2005

The final three designers—Jay, Kara Saun—and Wendy, were visited by Tim Gunn at their homes to show the progress of their collections. Each designer created a twelve piece collection for a showing at New York Olympus Fashion Week.

WINNER: Jay
ELIMINATED: Kara (1st Runner-Up), Wendy (2nd Runner-Up)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robin Givhan (December 9, 2005; Page C02). "Baggage on the 'Runway'". pub. Retrieved 2007-10-15.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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