Project Runway (season 9)

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Project Runway (season 9)
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 14
Broadcast
Original channel Lifetime
Original run July 28, 2011 – October 27, 2011
Additional information
Filming dates June 2011 –
Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee
No. of tasks 12
No. of designers 20
All-Stars 2 Laura Kathleen Planck
Joshua McKinley
Anthony Ryan Auld
All-Stars 3 Viktor Luna
Season chronology
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Project Runway Season 9 is the ninth season of the television show Project Runway. The season began airing on July 28, 2011 and features 20 designers who hope to become "the next great American designer."

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.

Laura Kathleen Planck, Joshua McKinley and Anthony Ryan Auld later competed in the second season of the All Stars edition, where Laura Kathleen came in 6th, Joshua placed 4th, and Anthony Ryan won the season.

Contestants[edit]

Designers[edit]

Designer Age Hometown Place of Residence Place Finished
Rafael Cox 27 Alamogordo, New Mexico Atlanta, Georgia 16th
Fallene Wells 29 Las Vegas, Nevada Denver, Colorado 15th
Julie Tierney 35 Baton Rouge, Louisiana Grand Junction, Colorado 14th
Cecilia Motwani 34 Cordoba, Argentina Woodside, Queens, New York City, New York 13th (Quit)
Danielle Everine 26 Minneapolis, Minnesota Minneapolis, Minnesota 12th
Joshua Christensen 29 Snohomish, Washington Los Angeles, California 11th (Originally 15th)
Becky Ross 38 Calumet, Michigan Portland, Oregon 10th
Bryce Black 26 Twin Falls, Idaho Portland, Oregon 9th
Olivier Green 22 Columbus, Ohio New York City, New York 8th
Anthony Ryan Auld 28 Linden, Texas Baton Rouge, Louisiana 7th
Bert Keeter 57 Washington, D.C Los Angeles, California 6th
Laura Kathleen 26 St. Louis, Missouri St. Louis, Missouri 5th
Kimberly Goldson 35 Brooklyn, New York City, New York White Plains, Maryland 4th
Viktor Luna 30 Guadalajara, Jalisco New York City, New York 3rd
Joshua McKinley 25 Cleveland, Ohio Queens, New York City, New York Runner-up
Anya Ayoung-Chee 29 Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago Winner

In the first episode, 4 designers were eliminated and 16 continued to participate in the show.[1]

Models[edit]

Model Place Finished
Kenzie Gallo 16th
Ashley Lacamp 15th
Tatjana Sinkevica 14th
Thais Magalhaes 13th
Michel Ann Lienhard-O'Malley 12th
Karin Agstam 11th
Alyssa Pasek 10th
Hannah Gottesman 9th
Carla Barrucci 8th
Chelsea Blackburn 7th
Kerstin Lechner 6th
Meghan Giffin 5th
Bojana Draskovic 4th
Erika Kimberly Jones 3rd
Sonia Nieklasz Runner-up
Sveta Glebova Winner

Challenges[edit]

Designer Elimination Table
Designer 1 1 2 3 4 5 2 3 6 7 8 9 10 4 11 12 135 14 Eliminated Episode
Anya HIGH IN IN HIGH IN IN WIN HIGH LOW WIN WIN WIN ADV WINNER 14 - Finale, Part 2
Joshua M. IN HIGH LOW IN WIN HIGH LOW WIN HIGH LOW HIGH HIGH ADV RUNNER-UP
Viktor IN IN LOW HIGH WIN IN HIGH HIGH WIN HIGH LOW HIGH ADV 3RD PLACE
Kimberly IN IN HIGH WIN IN IN IN IN LOW IN HIGH LOW ADV 4TH PLACE
Laura Kathleen IN IN WIN IN IN HIGH IN IN HIGH LOW LOW OUT 12 - The Finale Challenge
Bert WIN IN LOW IN IN LOW LOW LOW HIGH HIGH OUT 11 - This Is for the Birds
Anthony Ryan HIGH HIGH HIGH IN LOW WIN IN LOW IN OUT 10 - Sew '70s
Olivier IN WIN IN IN IN LOW HIGH IN OUT 9 - Image Is Everything
Bryce IN LOW LOW IN HIGH IN IN OUT 8 - What Women Want
Becky IN IN HIGH IN IN IN OUT 7 - Can't We All Just Get Along?
Joshua C. LOW OUT IN OUT 2 - My Pet Project/6 - The Art of the Matter
Danielle IN IN HIGH LOW OUT 5 - Off the Track
Cecilia IN IN HIGH LOW WD
Julie LOW IN LOW OUT 4 - All About Nina
Fallene IN LOW OUT 3 - Go Big or Go Home
Rafael OUT 1 - Come As You Are
^1 : In episode 1, Amanda, David, Gunnar, and Serena were the 4 designers who were eliminated before the final 16 were officially participants of the show.
^2 : After Cecilia withdrew from the competition in episode 5, Olivier and Viktor were allowed to pick any previously eliminated contestant to come back into the competition to join their team. They chose Joshua C.
^3 : In episode 5, although the judges categorized all the clothes into ones they liked and didn't like, their deliberation revealed the ones they liked the most (Joshua M., Bryce, Viktor) and the ones they liked the least (Anthony, Olivier, Danielle). In addition, although Joshua M. was chosen as a winner, the actual winning design from his team was the dress designed and sewn by Anya and Becky, respectively.
^4 : In episode 10, the prize was that the winning designer's garment would be produced and sold on Piperlime. After Anya was declared the winner, it was announced that Bert's garment will also be produced and sold on the site.
^5 : All four contestants went on to compete at Fashion Week, for the first time since season 3.
     The designer won the Project Runway Season 9.
     The designer was advanced to Fashion Week.
     The designer won the challenge.
     The designer was in the top two, or the first announced into the top 3, 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 not in the Top 16 and was out of the competition.
     The designer withdrew from the competition.
Model Elimination Table
Model 1 2 31 4 5 6 7 81 91 10 11 12 13 14
Sveta AC AC AC AC AC BR BR AC AC AC AC AC AC WINNER (AC)
Sonia JM JM JM JM JM JM JM JM JM JM JM JM JM JM
Erika VL VL VL VL VL VL VL VL VL VL VL VL VL VL
Bojana KG KG KG KG KG KG KG KG KG KG KG KG KG KG
Meghan BR BR BR BR BR LK LK LK LK LK LK LK OUT
Kerstin BK BK BK BK BK AC AC BK BK BK BK OUT
Chelsea AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA AA OUT
Carla OG OG OG OG OG OG OG OG OG OUT
Hannah BB BB BB BB BB BB BB BB OUT
Alyssa CM CM CM CM JC BK BK OUT
Karin DE DE DE DE DE JC OUT
Michel Ann LK LK LK LK LK OUT
Thais JT JT JT JT OUT
Tatjana FW FW FW OUT
Ashley JC JC OUT
Kenzie RC OUT
     The model won Project Runway Season 9.
     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 Episodes 3, 8 & 9

Designer legend

  • Anya Ayoung-Chee: AC
  • Joshua McKinley: JM
  • Viktor Luna: VL
  • Kimberly Goldson: KG
  • Laura Kathleen: LK
  • Bert Keeter: BK
  • Anthony Ryan Auld: AA
  • Olivier Green: OG
  • Bryce Black: BB
  • Becky Ross: BR
  • Joshua Christensen: JC
  • Danielle Everine: DE
  • Cecilia Motwani: CM
  • Julie Tierney: JT
  • Fallene Wells: FW
  • Rafael Cox: RC

Episodes[edit]

Episode 1: Come As You Are[edit]

Original Airdate: July 28, 2011

As the season begins and the designers arrive in New York, they are informed that they are not yet part of season 9. For the final stage of their casting session, the 20 designers must go in front of Heidi, Michael, Nina and Tim to make a case as to why they deserve one of the 16 coveted spots this season.[2]

ELIMINATED: Amanda, David, Gunnar & Serena

The next day, the 16 remaining designers are awoken by Tim in the early morning hours and given their first challenge: transform the pajamas they are wearing and one bed sheet into an outfit of their choice. Dyes, trim, and closures are provided.

WINNER: Bert
ELIMINATED: Rafael

Episode 2: My Pet Project[edit]

Original Airdate: August 4, 2011

The designers must create an outfit using only materials found in a pet supply store.

  • Guest Judge: Stacey Bendet [3]
WINNER: Olivier
ELIMINATED: Joshua C.

Episode 3: Go Big or Go Home[edit]

Original Airdate: August 11, 2011

The designers work on a challenge revolving around a theme called "Larger than Life". In teams of two with a budget of $500 and one day to work, they create outfits for professional stilt walkers. The runway show is at Battery Park, making it the first runway show to be held outside.

Pairs: Anthony Ryan & Laura, Bryce & Fallene, Danielle & Cecilia, Joshua M. & Julie, Viktor & Bert, Anya & Olivier, and Kimberly & Becky

WINNER: Laura
ELIMINATED: Fallene

Episode 4: All About Nina[edit]

Original Airdate: August 18, 2011

The designers create a look for judge Nina Garcia that should be wearable by Garcia during work and for an industry event at night. The winning design will be featured in a Marie Claire editorial and on a billboard atop a New York City taxicab.

WINNER: Kimberly
ELIMINATED: Julie

Episode 5: Off the Track[edit]

Original Airdate: August 25, 2011

The designers meet at the New Balance Track and Field Center in New York City and are challenged to create apparel to wear with a new Heidi Klum for New Balance lifestyle sneaker from Klum's collection. The designers work in teams of three, with team leaders chosen by holding a foot race at the Track and Field Center. The winning looks will be sold as part of Klum's collection exclusively on Amazon.com.[4]

WINNERS: Joshua M. and Viktor
WITHDREW: Cecilia
ELIMINATED: Danielle

Cecilia withdrew from the competition and was replaced by Josh C.

Episode 6: The Art of the Matter[edit]

Original Airdate: September 1, 2011

The designers each work together with an art student to create a painting, and then must design an avant-garde look that reflects their art work. They have a budget of $300 and two days to complete their look.

  • Guest Judge: Kenneth Cole, Zanna Roberts Rassi (in for Nina Garcia)
WINNER: Anthony Ryan
ELIMINATED: Joshua C.

Episode 7: Can't We Just All Get Along?[edit]

Original Airdate: September 8, 2011

The designers plug into computer technology to help create signature fabric designs in a challenge that forces them into working in two teams of five. Wielding video cameras, they also venture out into the city to capture the stories behind their inspirations.

Team CHAOS: Anthony Ryan, Anya, Bryce, Olivier, and Viktor

Team Nuts and Bolts: Becky, Bert, Joshua M., Kimberly, and Laura

WINNER: Anya
ELIMINATED: Becky

Episode 8: What Women Want[edit]

Original Airdate: September 15, 2011

The contestants are introduced to nine men on the runway and, in a seamless twist, discover they must design for the men's significant others. Actress Malin Akerman is the guest judge.

WINNER: Joshua M.
ELIMINATED: Bryce

Episode 9: Image is Everything[edit]

Original Airdate: September 22, 2011

The outfitters are treated to a special performance from their new client, the up-and-coming band The Sheepdogs. Broken into two teams of four, the designers are charged with creating a look that will establish them as image-makers.

WINNER: Viktor
ELIMINATED: Oliver

Episode 10: Sew 70s[edit]

Original Airdate: September 29, 2011

The remaining designers do the time warp when fashions from the 1970s inspire their creations.

WINNER: Anya
ELIMINATED: Anthony Ryan

Episode 11: This is for the Birds[edit]

Original Airdate: October 6, 2011

Birds serve as the inspiration for the looks in this challenge. Designers are paired up, with each pair assigned a bird. They then learn that they are not competing together, but rather head-to-head. Kimberly and Viktor design head-to-head with a cockatoo as their inspiration, Anya and Laura with a raven, and Bert and Joshua with an Amazon parrot.

WINNER: Anya
ELIMINATED: Bert

Episode 12: The Finale Challenge[edit]

Original Airdate: October 13, 2011

The remaining designers had to create 3 looks from inspirations on Governor's Island. They were assisted by the five most recently eliminated contestants.

ADVANCED: Anya, Viktor, Joshua M., Kimberly
ELIMINATED: Laura

Episode 13: The Finale, Part 1[edit]

Original Airdate: October 20, 2011

The final four designers are critiqued on their collections and compete, for the last time, to show at Fashion Week. In a shock elimination, it is revealed that all of the four designers will be advancing to Fashion Week instead of the usual three.

  • Guest Judge: None
ADVANCED TO FASHION WEEK: Joshua M., Viktor, Kimberly, Anya

Episode 14: The Finale, Part 2[edit]

Original Airdate: October 27, 2011

The four finalists work the last part of preparation for Fashion Week, including model casting and hair and makeup counseling. Each shows their collection pieces before the winner of Project Runway Season 9 is announced.

WINNER: Anya
ELIMINATED: Joshua M., Viktor, Kimberly

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