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|Project Runway (season 1)|
Host of the show Heidi Klum and season 1 contestants
|No. of tasks||10|
|No. of contestants||12|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Original release||December 1, 2004 –|
February 23, 2005
Project Runway Season 1 was the first season of Project Runway, Bravo's reality competition show for fashion designers. The season received critical acclaim including an Emmy nomination for outstanding competitive reality series. Growth in audience popularity was also dramatic from its debut to the season finale, making it a sleeper hit. Project Runway gave Bravo one of its most successful series since Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.
The winning designer of the first season was Pennsylvania-based designer Jay McCarroll. As his prize for winning the competition among 12 designers, McCarroll won $100,000, a mentorship with Banana Republic to aid in developing his own fashion label, and a feature of his work in the American edition of ELLE magazine. The winning model of the first season, selected by McCarroll, was Julia Beynon. McCarroll later turned down both the $100,000 and the mentorship with Banana Republic, stating that the prizes came with too much contractual baggage.
Austin Scarlett later appeared in Project Runway: All Stars in 2012, where he finished runner-up. Wendy Pepper, in the same year, competed in the second season of the All Stars edition placing 12th out of 13. In 2016, Daniel Franco competed in the fifth season of the All Stars edition, placing 12th out of 13.
The 12 fashion designers competing in the first season were:
|Daniel Franco||32||Los Angeles, California||12th|
|Mario Cadenas||23||Pembroke Pines, Florida||11th|
|Starr Ilzhoefer||27||Charlotte, North Carolina||10th|
|Vanessa Riley||34||London, England||9th|
|Nora Caliguri||21||Cheshire, Connecticut||8th|
|Alexandra Vidal||21||Miami, Florida||7th|
|Kevin Johnn||37||New York, New York||6th|
|Robert Plotkin||28||New York, New York||5th|
|Austin Scarlett||22||New York, New York||4th|
|Wendy Pepper||39||Middleburg, Virginia||3rd|
|Kara Saun||37||Los Angeles, California||Runner-up|
|Jay McCarroll||29||Dallas, Pennsylvania||Winner|
(ages listed are the designers' ages at the time the show was taped in the summer of 2004.)
The 12 models competing for an ELLE spread in the first season were:
|Erin Denardo||21||New Jersey||6th|
|Olga Kononova||18||Czech Republic||5th|
|Jay||IN||IN||HIGH||IN||HIGH||HIGH||HIGH||HIGH||LOW||WINNER||10 - Finale|
|Austin||WIN||IN||LOW||LOW||LOW||WIN||LOW||LOW||OUT||9 - Design For The Red Carpet|
|Robert||IN||HIGH||LOW||IN||IN||HIGH||HIGH||OUT||8 - Postal Uniform Challenge|
|Kevin||IN||IN||IN||WIN||IN||LOW||OUT||7 - Design A Collection|
|Alexandra||IN||IN||HIGH||HIGH||IN||OUT||6 - Making A Splash|
|Nora||HIGH||LOW||IN||LOW||OUT||5 - "Model" Clients|
|Vanessa||HIGH||IN||IN||OUT||4 - Collaboration|
|Starr||LOW||LOW||OUT||3 - Commercial Appeal|
|Mario||IN||OUT||2 - Vision|
|Daniel||OUT||1 - Innovation|
- The designer won Project Runway Season 1.
- The designer won that challenge.
- The designer had the second highest score for that challenge.
- 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.
^Note 1 : Although Nora's team was voted the best, the judges thought that Nora's teamwork was very poor, therefore she was placed in the bottom two. | | | | |
- The model was the winner of Project Runway Season 1
- The model wore the winning designer's outfit
- The model wore the losing designer's outfit
- The model was eliminated
- Designers chose their models prior to each challenge, with the winner of the previous challenge choosing first and the other designers choosing in random order. The model who was not chosen would be eliminated.
- Since models are eliminated at the beginning of the next episode, no model was eliminated in episode 1.
- There are only 10 sections for models instead of 11 because no models were out in the reunion episode.
- During Episode 8, while Jay had selected Julia, she was unable to attend the runway showing. Austin walked in her place.
- Alexandra Vidal: AV
- Austin Scarlett: AS
- Daniel Franco: DF
- Jay McCarroll: JM
- Kara Saun: KS
- Kevin Johnn: KJ
- Mario Cadenas: MC
- Nora Caliguri: NC
- Robert Plotkin: RP
- Starr Ilzhoefer: SI
- Vanessa Riley: VR
- Wendy Pepper: WP
Original airdate: December 1, 2004
Designers created a sexy, glamorous outfit for a night on the town made only from materials bought at a Manhattan supermarket. The designers had a budget of $50 and one hour to make their purchases. They had one day to complete the design and the winner had immunity for the next challenge and could not be eliminated.
- Guest Judge: Patricia Field.
- WINNER: Austin
- ELIMINATED: Daniel
Original airdate: December 8, 2004
Designers used plain white cotton jersey to build a garment that conveys "envy." They had a budget of $50 and one day to complete the design.
- Guest Judges: Constance White & Paul Berman
- WINNER: Kara
- ELIMINATED: Mario
Original airdate: December 15, 2004
Designers created a holiday dress to fit with Banana Republic's current line. They had to pick their fabrics at the studios and had two days to complete their designs.
- Guest Judge: Deborah Lloyd
- WINNER: Wendy
- ELIMINATED: Starr
Original airdate: January 5, 2005
The designers created a new look for rising rock star Sarah Hudson. A team event with three teams, each with a lead designer and two assistants. Each team had $150 and one day to complete the design.
|Team||Team Leader||Team Members (in the order of being chosen)|
- Guest Judge: Sarah Hudson
- WINNER: Kevin
- ELIMINATED: Vanessa
Original airdate: January 12, 2005
Working with their chosen models, the designers created a wedding dress for that model. The designers had a budget of $300 and two days to complete the design.
- Guest Judges: Anne Slowey & Amsale Aberra
- WINNER: Kara
- ELIMINATED: Nora
Original airdate: January 19, 2005
Designers made swimsuits, then attended an evening party with their swimsuit-clad models. The designers had a budget of $75 and five hours to complete their garments. The winner was the designer who received a mention from New York Post reporter Richard Johnson on "Page Six," the newspaper's gossip column.
- Guest Judges: Constance White, Anne Slowey & New York Post reporter Richard Johnson
- WINNER: Austin
- ELIMINATED: Alexandra
Original airdate: January 26, 2005
Designers created a collection for the year 2055 as one team. Kevin was the team leader for this challenge. Each designer had a budget of $50 and one day to complete the collection.
|Designer||Type Of Look|
|Austin||2055 Cocktail Party Dress|
|Kevin||2055 Service Uniform|
|Wendy||2055 Youth Outfit|
|Jay||2055 Nightclub Outfit|
|Kara||2055 Business Suit|
- Guest Judge: Betsey Johnson
- WINNER: Kara
- ELIMINATED: Kevin
Original airdate: February 2, 2005
Designers redesigned the uniform worn by United States Postal Service workers. The designers had a budget of $100 and one day to complete the design. This episode is particularly notable for the fact that Jay's model was unable to attend the runway showing in time. As a result, Austin walked in her place and received positive feedback for doing so by the judges.
- Guest Judge: United States Postal Service worker Becky Negich.
- WINNER: Kara
- ELIMINATED: Robert
- Note: Kara is the first designer to win two challenges in a row.
Original airdate: February 9, 2005
- Guest Judge: Nancy O'Dell
- WINNER: Wendy
- ELIMINATED: Austin
Original airdate: February 16, 2005
All of the participating designers gathered for a reunion hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn on the eve of Olympus New York Fashion Week at which the final three designers displayed their collections.
Original airdate: February 23, 2005
The final three designers—Jay, Kara Saun and Wendy—were visited by Tim Gunn at their homes to show the progress of their collections. Each designer created a twelve piece collection for a showing at New York Olympus Fashion Week. Kara Saun had designer shoes created for her collection, however producers determined that was in breach of the contract.
- Guest Judge: Parker Posey
- WINNER: Jay
- ELIMINATED: Kara (1st Runner-Up), Wendy (2nd Runner-Up)
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