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McCarroll on the set of "Mare of Easttown", February, 2020
|Born||October 11, 1974|
London College of Fashion
|Television||Project Runway Season 1 (Winner)|
McCarroll lists Alexander McQueen as his favorite designer. He originally hailed from the Back Mountain, Pennsylvania, area before moving to London to study at the London College of Fashion. He lived in London selling clothes in Camden Market after he graduated, and he sold clothing in Amsterdam before moving back to the U.S.
Like the show's other participants, McCarroll was struggling to get recognition as a fashion designer before the show began airing on December 1, 2004, on the Bravo cable television network. When McCarroll won the show's first season, becoming the only winner so far to never win a challenge, he was awarded $100,000, a mentorship from Banana Republic, and a spot in the prestigious 2005 New York Fashion Week event. However, Jay turned down the money and the mentorship, citing a contractual clause stipulating that the Project Runway production company would own a 10% stake of all his professional ventures in perpetuity. The company has since dropped this clause.
In April 2008 McCarroll launched his blog and designer fashion boutique, The Colony by Jay McCarroll.
In February 2020 McCarroll was employed in the wardrobe department of the television series Mare of Easttown, coordinating clothing for background extras.
Since winning Project Runway, McCarroll has been interviewed by various media outlets, such as The Village Voice. He spends part of his time living in New York, working on his new projects and trying to strengthen his position as a designer. He helped pick contestants for the second season of Project Runway, and filmed a one-hour documentary, Project Jay, which focused on his attempts to establish himself after his win. The special first aired February 22, 2006, on Bravo.
McCarroll returned to Fashion Week on September 15, 2006, debuting his new collection, Transport, with a show under the prestigious tents. He explained, "My new collection will take the fashion consumer to a higher plane of consciousness and encourage people to see fashion from a different perspective."
His collection was sponsored by the Humane Society of the United States, reflecting his anti-fur stance. He also mentioned that this was his first showing since the first-season finale of Project Runway. He changed the theme of his collection, which was initially inspired by the Pet Shop Boys' 1986 hit "West End Girls." The collection featured more of a futuristic theme and had both men's and women's looks.
The entire process of his designing, building, showing and attempts at selling his Transport line was documented in a feature film called Eleven Minutes, which debuted at the Philadelphia Film Festival on April 5, 2008.
It was reported on August 6, 2007, by The Daily 10 on E! that McCarroll was homeless and relying on the kindness of friends who are allowing him to stay at their apartments. The reports turned out to be in error.
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