Project Runway (season 8)

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Project Runway (season 8)
Project-runway-cast-season-8-lifetime.jpg
Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, and season 8 contestants
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 14
Broadcast
Original channel Lifetime
Original run July 29, 2010 – October 28, 2010
Additional information
Winner Gretchen Jones
No. of tasks 12
No. of designers 17
All-Stars April Johnston
Michael Costello
Mondo Guerra
All-Stars 2 Peach Carr
Carlos Casanova
Ivy Higa
All-Stars 3 Ari (formerly Andy) South
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Project Runway Season 8 is the eighth season of the television show Project Runway. The season began airing on July 29, 2010, on the Lifetime. After Lifetime cancelled the accompanying series Models of the Runway, Project Runway episodes were extended to 90 minutes in Season 8. This was the first season that episodes were longer than an hour with commercials.

The season included 17 designers at the beginning of the competition. Returning as judges were supermodel Heidi Klum; fashion designer Michael Kors; and Marie Claire fashion director, Nina Garcia. Tim Gunn returned as the workroom mentor to the aspiring designers. Designer Gretchen Jones was the season's winner.

April Johnson, Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra later appeared in Project Runway: All Stars in 2012, with April receiving 10th Place, Michael 3rd, and Mondo winning the competition. Peach Carr, Carlos Casanova and Ivy Higa in the same year, competed in the second season of the All Stars edition placing 13th, 7th and 5th respectively.

Contestants[edit]

Designers[edit]

Designer Age Place of Residence Place Finished
McKell Maddox 29 Layton, UT 17th
Jason Troisi 33 Greenwich, CT 16th
Nicholas D'Aurizio 32 New York, NY 15th
Sarah Trost 27 Toluca Lake, CA 14th
Kristin Haskins Simms 39 Philadelphia, PA 13th
A.J. Thouvenot 26 St. Charles, MO 12th
Peach Carr 50 Lake Forest, IL 11th
Carlos Casanova 33 Astoria, NY 10th
Michael Drummond 31 St. Louis, MO 9th
Ivy Higa 30 New York, NY 8th
Valerie Mayen 29 Cleveland, OH 7th
Christopher Collins 30 San Francisco, CA 6th
April Johnston 21 Savannah, GA 5th
Michael Costello 27 Palm Springs, CA 4th
Andy South 23 Waianae, HI 3rd
Mondo Guerra 32 Denver, CO Runner-up
Gretchen Jones 28 Portland, OR Winner

Models[edit]

Model Place Finished
Vanessa Ratnavich 17th
Dre Davis 16th
Julia Rodriguez 15th
Samantha Zajarias 14th
Kaven Jo Caven 13th
Amare Tk 12th
Ifeoma 'Ify' Jones 11th
Sarae Cart 10th
Zhanna Ved 9th
Ekaterina Py 8th
Alexandra Palmer 7th
Eyen Chorm 6th
Rose Cook 5th
Cassie Dzienny 4th
Lenka Dayrit 3rd
Tina Marie Clark Runner-up
Millana Snow Winner


Challenges[edit]

Designer Elimination Table
Designer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Eliminated Episode
Gretchen WIN WIN HIGH IN LOW IN IN IN HIGH HIGH LOW LOW ADV WINNER 14 - Finale, Part 2
Mondo IN HIGH IN IN HIGH HIGH LOW WIN WIN WIN HIGH HIGH ADV RUNNER-UP
Andy IN IN WIN IN LOW IN HIGH LOW HIGH LOW WIN HIGH ADV 3RD PLACE
Michael C. IN IN IN WIN LOW WIN IN IN LOW LOW LOW WIN OUT 13 - Finale, Part 1
April LOW IN IN LOW HIGH IN WIN IN IN HIGH HIGH OUT 12 - We're in a New York State of Mind
Christopher IN IN IN LOW LOW HIGH IN HIGH IN LOW OUT 11 - A Look in the Line
Valerie IN HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW IN LOW LOW OUT 10 - There's a Pattern Here
Ivy LOW IN IN IN LOW IN LOW HIGH OUT 9 - Race to the Finish
Michael D. IN IN IN HIGH HIGH LOW HIGH OUT 8 - A Rough Day on the Runway
Casanova LOW IN LOW IN WIN IN OUT 7 - What's Mine Is Yours
Peach IN LOW IN IN HIGH OUT 6 - You Can Totally Wear That Again
A.J. IN IN LOW IN OUT 5 - There IS an "I" in Team
Kristin IN IN IN OUT 4 - Hats Off to You
Sarah IN IN OUT 3 - It's a Party
Nicholas LOW OUT 2 - Larger Than Life
Jason LOW OUT
McKell OUT 1 - And Sew It Begins
     The designer won Project Runway Season 8.
     The designer advanced to prepare a line for Fashion Week.[1]
     The designer was selected as a finalist to display at Fashion Week.
     The designer won the challenge.
     The designer was in the top two, but did not win.
     The designer had one of the highest scores for that challenge, but did not win.
     The designer had one of the lowest scores for that challenge, but was not eliminated.
     The designer was in the bottom two, but was not eliminated.
     The designer lost and was out of the competition.
     The designer was disqualifed from the competition
Model Elimination Table
Model 1 2 3 4 5 61 7 8 9 10 11 2 12 13 14
Millana AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ AJ CC AJ AJ AJ GJ GJ GJ WINNER (GJ)
Tina Marie VM VM VM VM VM VM AS VM VM VM MG MG MG MG
Lenka MC MC MC MC MC MC MG MC MC MC AS AS AS AS
Cassie AS AS AS AS AS AS VM AS AS AS MC MC MC OUT
Rose CC CC CC CC CC CC AJ CC CC CC AJ AJ OUT
Eyen MG MG MG MG MG MG MC MG MG MG CC OUT
Alexandra GJ GJ GJ GJ GJ GJ CA GJ GJ GJ WD
Ekaterina IH IH IH IH IH IH MD IH IH OUT
Zhanna MD MD MD MD MD MD IH MD OUT
Sarae CA CA CA CA CA CA GJ OUT
Ify PC PC PC PC PC PC OUT
Amare AT AT AT AT AT OUT
Kaven KS KS KS KS OUT
Samantha ST ST ST OUT
Julia ND ND OUT
Dre JT JT OUT
Vanessa MM OUT
     The model won Project Runway Season 8.
     The model wore the winning design that challenge.
     The model wore the losing design that challenge.
     The model was eliminated.
     The model withdrew from the competition
^1 : The models were not used in Episode 6.
^2 : Alexandra was chosen by Christopher, but then withdrew from the competition because of a family crisis and Eyen was brought back.

Designer legend

  • A.J.: AT
  • Andy: AS
  • April: AJ
  • Casanova: CA
  • Christopher: CC
  • Gretchen: GJ
  • Ivy: IH
  • Jason: JT
  • Kristin: KS
  • Nicholas: ND
  • McKell: MM
  • Michael C.: MC
  • Michael D.: MD
  • Mondo: MG
  • Peach: PC
  • Sarah: ST
  • Valerie: VM
^1 : The models were not used in Episode 6.
^2 : Alexandra was chosen by Christopher, but then withdrew from the competition because of a family crisis and Eyen was brought back.

Designer legend

  • A.J.: AT
  • Andy: AS
  • April: AJ
  • Casanova: CA
  • Christopher: CC
  • Gretchen: GJ
  • Ivy: IH
  • Jason: JT
  • Kristin: KS
  • Nicholas: ND
  • McKell: MM
  • Michael C.: MC
  • Michael D.: MD
  • Mondo: MG
  • Peach: PC
  • Sarah: ST
  • Valerie: VM

Rate The Runway Results[edit]

Designer Elimination Table
Designer 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Gretchen HIGH IN IN IN IN IN LOW LOW LOW LOW OUT OUT OUT OUT
Mondo IN HIGH IN IN IN WIN LOW WIN WIN WIN WIN WIN IN WINNER
Andy IN IN WIN IN LOW HIGH WIN OUT HIGH OUT HIGH HIGH IN OUT
Michael C. HIGH IN IN HIGH IN IN HIGH IN HIGH HIGH LOW HIGH IN
April IN IN IN LOW IN HIGH IN IN IN HIGH HIGH LOW
Chris HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH IN HIGH IN HIGH IN LOW LOW
Valerie IN WIN HIGH IN IN LOW LOW IN LOW LOW
Ivy IN IN IN LOW OUT IN OUT HIGH OUT
Michael D. IN IN IN WIN HIGH LOW IN LOW
Casanova LOW IN IN IN WIN IN HIGH
Peach WIN LOW IN LOW HIGH OUT
AJ HIGH IN LOW HIGH LOW
Kristin LOW LOW LOW OUT
Sarah IN IN OUT
Nicholas IN IN
Jason OUT OUT
McKell IN

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1: And Sew It Begins[edit]

Original Airdate: July 29, 2010

As the season begins and the designers arrive to New York, they are informed that they are not yet part of season 8. For the final stage of their casting session, they are asked to take an article of clothing from their suitcase and incorporate it into their final design. But as Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn stand before the designers (who were all lined up in a straight line), they tell each of them to pass their article of clothing to the designer standing to their right. After collecting their garments, the designers go off to Parson's School of Design to complete their first runway show.

WINNER: Gretchen
ELIMINATED: McKell

Episode 2: Larger Than Life[edit]

Original Airdate: August 5, 2010

The designers were asked to design a look exemplifying what they thought was the vibe of Marie Claire magazine. The winner of the challenge would have his or her look put on a billboard in Times Square to advertise Marie Claire. As part of the process, each designer and model was taken to a photo shoot to have their look photographed to get a feel of what it would look like in print. Gretchen's winning design was modeled by Coco Rocha for the finished billboard.

  • Guest Judge: Joanna Coles, Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire magazine
WINNER: Gretchen
ELIMINATED: Jason and Nicholas

Episode 3: It's a Party[edit]

Original Airdate: August 12, 2010

The designers are asked to create a look made from materials found at Party Glitters, a party supply store in New York City. Toward the end of the challenge, they must also make an accessory using additional party materials. Some time after the runway show and elimination, Ivy passed out and was taken to the emergency room by ambulance.

WINNER: Andy
ELIMINATED: Sarah

Episode 4: Hats Off to You[edit]

Original Airdate: August 19, 2010

The designers must create outfits to pair with a unique, avant garde Philip Treacy hat. The models are each randomly assigned a hat, and the designers can select their model based on the hat she has.

WINNER: Michael C.
ELIMINATED: Kristin

Episode 5: There IS an 'I' in Team[edit]

Original Airdate: August 26, 2010

The designers are split into two teams of six, and each team is asked to design a six-piece collection for Fall 2010. Each team must select one concept and one textile of choice for their inspiration, and are given $1,000 to shop at Mood and one day to complete the challenge.

Concept/Textile Team Members (in the order of being chosen1)
Military/Lace April, Mondo, Michael D., Valerie, Casanova, Peach
Menswear/Camel Michael C., Gretchen, Christopher, Andy, Ivy, AJ

1Team members are listed in the order chosen. Michael C. is chosen first for his team because of his win the previous week. April is selected randomly. Each team member selects the next member.

On the runway, Team Military and Lace is declared the winning team. The judges declared the pieces made by Casanova and Peach as their favorites. Heidi polled the six designers on that team, asking who should win; both Casanova and Peach receive mentions.

Team "Luxe" (Menswear and Camel) is declared the losing team. When asked who should be sent home, the designers focus on Michael C., who is immune from elimination because he won the previous challenge. When Heidi asks who from among the five non-immune designers should be sent home, while Gretchen, Andy, Ivy, and Christopher all named Michael C., AJ names himself, saying that he did not bring his "fun and unusual style" to the collection. The judges note that Gretchen contradicted herself in front of them, first saying she and the rest of the team stood behind their collection, then later saying it was "crappy" after the judges expressed dissatisfaction.

After A.J. is eliminated, Tim Gunn expresses his anger at Team Luxe's behavior on the runway, criticizing the team for "allowing Gretchen to manipulate, control, and bully" them.[3]

WINNER: Casanova
ELIMINATED: AJ

Episode 6: You Can Totally Wear That Again[edit]

Original Airdate: September 2, 2010

Working with real women who were bridesmaids as models for this challenge, the designers must transform their models' bridesmaids dresses into wearable fashion. Prior to the runway show, a public showcase of the designs is held at which participants can vote for their favorite designs. Mondo's garment receives the most votes. Gretchen and Ivy again criticize Michael C., with Ivy claiming that Michael C. told guests not to vote for Ivy's garment.

WINNER: Michael C.
ELIMINATED: Peach

Episode 7: What's Mine Is Yours[edit]

Original Airdate: September 9, 2010

While on a boat ride with Michael Kors on the East River, the designers receive their next challenge: to create a fashionable resort wear look in one day. After sketching their designs and shopping for fabric, they are told that they will actually be working in randomly selected teams of two, with each designer executing their teammate's design.

Teams:
Valerie - Andy
Michael C. - Mondo
April - Christopher
Casanova - Gretchen
Ivy - Michael D.
WINNER: April
ELIMINATED: Casanova

Episode 8: A Rough Day on the Runway[edit]

Original Airdate: September 16, 2010

The designers are told to design a look that is their own take on classic American sportswear using the style of Jacqueline Kennedy as inspiration. After they have nearly finished their garment, they are told they have an additional day to work to create a companion outerwear item.

WINNER: Mondo
ELIMINATED: Michael D.

Episode 9: Race to the Finish[edit]

Original Airdate: September 23, 2010

The designers must create a high fashion look for a L'Oreal advertorial, using one of the L'Oreal eye shadow finishes as an inspiration. Designers pick the finish of their choice. Halfway through the challenge, they are told they must also create a companion ready to wear look. The winner receives $20,000. This is the first time in the history of Project Runway that the winner of a challenge has received a cash prize.[citation needed]

Designer Eye Shadow Finish
Mondo Bright
Christopher Crystal
April Matte
Michael C. Metallic
Ivy Bright
Valerie Crystal
Gretchen Velvet
Andy Metallic
WINNER: Mondo
ELIMINATED: Ivy

Episode 10: There's a Pattern Here[edit]

Original Airdate: September 30, 2010

The designers are given the challenge to create a textile design based on a profound moment or time in their lives. Their design will be converted into fabric that the designers have to use to make a garment of their choosing. The challenge is interrupted when the designers' loved ones make a surprise visit and work is suspended for the rest of the day. Emotions are high for most contestants after their family visits, particularly Andy and Mondo. Seeing his mother distracted Andy for the rest of the challenge, and his lack of inspiration and innovation landed him in the bottom. The episode is best remembered for Mondo as he struggles with a secret he has been keeping for ten years—that he is HIV positive—which he incorporates into his design and reveals during the runway show.

WINNER: Mondo
ELIMINATED: Valerie

Episode 11: A Look in the Line[edit]

Original Airdate: October 7, 2010

The six remaining contestants are given the challenge of designing a look for Heidi Klum's New Balance active wear line in two days. The winning look will be designed and sold on Amazon.com. On the first day, however, Heidi increases the number of looks to three, and the six most recently eliminated contestants are brought back to help the designers. Ivy accuses Michael C. of cheating on a previous challenge; Tim Gunn dispels the accusations. After the runway show, Heidi announces that all three of Andy's looks will be produced and sold, not just one as previously announced.

WINNER: Andy
ELIMINATED: Christopher

Episode 12: We're in a New York State of Mind[edit]

Original Airdate: October 14, 2010

Michael Bloomberg, the Mayor of the City of New York, gives the remaining five contestants the challenge of creating a look inspired by New York City itself. Four designers will prepare their line for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week and return to New York where three of the designers will compete as Project Runway finalists.[1]

Designer Inspiration from New York City
Andy Central Park
April Brooklyn Bridge
Gretchen Lower East Side
Michael C. Statue of Liberty
Mondo Brooklyn Bridge
ADVANCED TO PREPARE LINE FOR FASHION WEEK: Michael C., Mondo, Andy, Gretchen
ELIMINATED: April

Episode 13: Finale, Part 1[edit]

Original Airdate: October 21, 2010

The four remaining designers are given six weeks and $9000 and return to their homes to prepare a ten-piece line, knowing that only three of them will ultimately be chosen to show at Fashion Week. A month later, Tim Gunn visits each designer to check on their progress. When the designers return to New York on the eve of Fashion Week, they are given two days to create one additional look to show as part of a mini-line consisting of that look and two of their existing pieces. Based on the showing of that line, three designers are chosen to continue and display their entire lines at Fashion Week.

  • Guest Judge: None
ADVANCED TO FASHION WEEK: Mondo, Gretchen, Andy
ELIMINATED: Michael C.

Episode 14: Finale, Part 2[edit]

Original Airdate: October 28, 2010

WINNER: Gretchen
ELIMINATED: Andy, Mondo

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