Project Runway (season 9)
|Project Runway (season 9)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Original release||July 28 – October 27, 2011|
|Filming dates||June 2011|
|No. of contestants||20|
|No. of tasks||12|
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."
Laura Kathleen Planck, Joshua McKinley and Anthony Ryan Auld later competed in the second season of the All Stars edition. In 2013, Viktor Luna competed in the third season of All Stars. In 2018, Kimberly Goldson and Joshua McKinley (in his second All Stars appearance) competed in the sixth season of All Stars, placing 9th and 7th respectively.
- 1 Contestants
- 2 Challenges
- 3 Episodes
- 3.1 Episode 1: Come As You Are
- 3.2 Episode 2: My Pet Project
- 3.3 Episode 3: Go Big or Go Home
- 3.4 Episode 4: All About Nina
- 3.5 Episode 5: Off the Track
- 3.6 Episode 6: The Art of the Matter
- 3.7 Episode 7: Can't We Just All Get Along?
- 3.8 Episode 8: What Women Want
- 3.9 Episode 9: Image is Everything
- 3.10 Episode 10: Sew 70s
- 3.11 Episode 11: This is for the Birds
- 3.12 Episode 12: The Finale Challenge
- 3.13 Episode 13: The Finale, Part 1
- 3.14 Episode 14: The Finale, Part 2
- 4 Trivia
- 5 References
- 6 External links
|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 Planck||26||St. Louis, Missouri||St. Louis, Missouri||5th|
|Kimberly Goldson||35||Brooklyn, New York City, New York||White Plains, Maryland||4th Place|
|Viktor Luna||30||Guadalajara, Jalisco||New York City, New York||3rd Place|
|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.
|Michel Ann Lienhard-O'Malley||12th|
|Erika Kimberly Jones||3rd|
- 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.
- ^1 : The models were not used in Episodes 3, 8 & 9
- 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
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|Designers||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||HIGH||IN||WIN||HIGH||LOW||WIN||WIN||WIN||ADV||WINNER||14 - Finale, Part 2|
|Laura||IN||IN||WIN||IN||LOW||HIGH||IN||IN||IN||LOW||LOW||OUT||12 - The Finale Challenge|
|Bert||WIN||IN||LOW||IN||LOW||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||HIGH||LOW||HIGH||IN||OUT||9 - Image Is Everything|
|Bryce||IN||LOW||LOW||IN||LOW||IN||IN||OUT||8 - What Women Want|
|Becky||IN||IN||HIGH||IN||HIGH||IN||OUT||7 - Can't We All Just Get Along?|
|Joshua C.||LOW||OUT||HIGH||OUT||2 - My Pet Project/6 - The Art of the Matter|
|Danielle||IN||IN||HIGH||LOW||OUT||5 - Off the Track|
|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., Olivier, Viktor) and the ones they liked the least (Anthony, Bryce, 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 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.
Episode 1: Come As You Are
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.
- 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.
- Guest Judge: Christina Ricci
- WINNER: Bert
- ELIMINATED: Rafael
Episode 2: My Pet Project
Original Airdate: August 4, 2011
The designers must create an outfit using only materials found in a pet supply store.
- Guest Judge: Stacey Bendet 
- WINNER: Olivier
- ELIMINATED: Joshua C.
Episode 3: Go Big or Go Home
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
- Guest Judge: Kim Kardashian
- WINNER: Laura
- ELIMINATED: Fallene
Episode 4: All About Nina
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
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.
|Team Leader||Team Members|
|Anthony Ryan||Laura, Bert|
|Joshua M.||Anya, Becky|
|Viktor||Olivier, Josh C.|
- Guest Judge: Erin Wasson
- 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
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?
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||Team Nuts And Bolts|
|Anthony Ryan, Anya, Viktor, Olivier, Bryce||Josh M., Laura, Kimberly, Becky, Bert|
- WINNER: Anya
- ELIMINATED: Becky
Episode 8: What Women Want
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.
- Guest Judge: Malin Akerman
- WINNER: Joshua M.
- ELIMINATED: Bryce
Episode 9: Image is Everything
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.
- Guest Judge: Adam Lambert
- WINNER: Viktor
- ELIMINATED: Oliver
Episode 10: Sew 70s
Original Airdate: September 29, 2011
The remaining designers do the time warp when fashions from the 1970s inspire their creations.
- Guest Judge: Olivia Palermo
- WINNER: Anya
- ELIMINATED: Anthony Ryan
Episode 11: This is for the Birds
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.
- Guest Judge: Francisco Costa
- WINNER: Anya
- ELIMINATED: Bert
Episode 12: The Finale Challenge
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.
- Guest Judge: Zoe Saldana
- ADVANCED: Anya, Viktor, Joshua M., Kimberly
- ELIMINATED: Laura
Episode 13: The Finale, Part 1
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
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.
- Guest Judge: L'Wren Scott
- WINNER: Anya
- ELIMINATED: Joshua M., Viktor, Kimberly
- Anya Ayoung-Chee won the Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe in 2008 and represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant the same year but she failed to place in the Top 15 semifinalists.