Mychael Knight

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Mychael Knight
Designer Mychael Knight at Charleston Fashion Week.jpg
Michael Knight at the Charleston Fashion Week
Michael Anthony Knight Jr.

(1978-04-11)April 11, 1978
Nuremberg, Germany
DiedOctober 17, 2017(2017-10-17) (aged 39)
Atlanta, Georgia
ResidenceAtlanta, Georgia
EducationApparel Design and Merchandising, B.S.
OccupationFashion designer
TelevisionProject Runway Season 3 (4th)

Michael Anthony Knight Jr. (April 11, 1978 – October 17, 2017) was an American fashion designer.


Michael Anthony Knight Jr.[1] was born on April 11, 1978 in Nuremberg, Germany to Pamela and Michael Anthony Knight Sr.

Although Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama,[2] in 1996 he received his high school diploma from Washingtonville Senior High School in Washingtonville, New York.[3] Later that same year, Knight began his freshman year of college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. In 2001, this university awarded Knight a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising.[2]

After completing his undergraduate studies, Knight broke into the fashion industry in Atlanta, Georgia by working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in 2001[4] and then by becoming a fashion stylist in the music industry in 2002.[5]

In 2005, Knight auditioned for the second season of the Bravo network reality television series, Project Runway, but he was not accepted as a season two contestant.[4] In 2006, Knight reauditioned for Project Runway, and this time he was accepted as a contestant for season three. Knight went on to win season three's Fan Favorite award and to place fourth in the overall competition.[6]

In 2007, Knight introduced his label, Mychael Knight, on BET's Rip the Runway [7] and he designed a line of custom tees for the Starbucks Corporation.[8]

In 2008, Knight launched Kitty & Dick, his female and male lingerie label,[9] and his unisex fragrance, MajK.

On August 20, 2009, the Project Runway: All Star Challenge aired on Lifetime Television. Knight joined Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice of season two, Jeffrey Sebelia and Uli Herzner of season three, Chris March and Sweet P of season four, and Korto Momolu of season five in a special, "one-shot" competition where the winner, Vosovic, received $100,000.[10]

On March 17, 2010, Mychael Knight debuted his Fall/Winter 2010 line at Charleston Fashion Week in Charleston, South Carolina.[11]

In 2013, Knight became a contestant on Project Runway: All Stars (season 3).[12]

Mychael Knight died on October 17, 2017 at the age of 39.[13] His cause of death remains a mystery. He had been open about his battle with irritable bowel syndrome and extreme weight loss in recent months, leaving many to wonder if the disease may have played a role in his death. Doctors believe that’s unlikely.[14]


  1. ^ 'Mychael Knight, Designer' (2009) Accessed 2010-03-16.
  2. ^ a b [1][permanent dead link] Accessed 2010-03-16.
  3. ^ 'Washingtonville High School' (2003-2010) Accessed 2010-03-16.
  4. ^ a b 'Mychael Knight Inspires SCAD Fashion Students with Life Lessons', by Tina A. Brown Archived 2009-12-12 at the Wayback Machine (May 15, 2009) Accessed 2010-03-16.
  5. ^ Designer Profile - Mychael Knight, The MajK Man, by Laura Hagler (February 4, 2010). Accessed 2010-03-16.
  6. ^ Kappes, Serena; Orloff, Brian (2008-07-16). "Project Runway: Where are They Now?'". Retrieved 2010-03-16.
  7. ^ 'Michael Knight Reveals New Collection on BET's "Rip The Runway' (March 9, 2007) Accessed 2010-03-16.
  8. ^ "People".
  9. ^ 'Kitty & Dick Lingerie Debuts', by Nedra Rhone (January 10, 2008) Accessed 2010-03-16.
  10. ^ 'Atlantan Mychael Knight joining “Project Runway: All Star Challenge” August 20', by Rodney Ho Archived 2009-08-25 at the Wayback Machine (July 22, 2009) Accessed 2010-03-16.
  11. ^ Mychael Knight, The MajK Man, by Nedra Rhone. (February 4, 2010) Accessed 2010-03-16.
  12. ^ Introducing the Season 3 Cast! Archived 2013-11-13 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ Remembering Mychael Knight 1978-2017 Obvious Magazine, October 17, 2017
  14. ^ Is irritable bowel syndrome fatal?

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Preceded by
Fan Favorite
Mychael Knight
Succeeded by
Christian Siriano