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Austin Scarlett

Scarlett at the 2009 Metropolitan Opera opening
Born January 1, 1983 (1983-01-01) (age 27)
Cottage Grove, Oregon, USA
Nationality American
Education Fashion Institute of Technology

Austin Scarlett (born January 1, 1983) is a New York City-based fashion designer best known for his appearance on the original season of Bravo's Project Runway.


Austin Scarlett, son of Debra Little and Christopher Scarlett, was born and raised in Oregon's Willamette Valley.[1] Scarlett attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where he specialized in couture and eveningwear design and received his degree in fashion design.[1] While in school and afterward he designed for private clients, and worked as a design assistant and patternmaker on various design projects ranging from opera to dance, film and on Broadway.[1]

Scarlett moved to Los Angeles in the early 2000's to work in film-costume design. After a year in Hollywood, he returned to New York City, subsequently achieving fame on the legendary first season of the Bravo reality show "Project Runway" in 2004. It was during this stint on television that he became notable for his ability to produce glamorous fashions despite the tight deadlines and unusual requirements of the show. Perhaps most famously, a gown he designed entirely of cornhusks resulted in a victory on the seminal first episode of the series.

After Project Runway, Scarlett produced couture collections under his own name for fall 2005 and spring 2006. He has also appeared as a fashion designer and commentator on MTV, E!, Discovery Channel, Logo and NBC’s Today, and published in Life and Style, Elle, US Weekly, and iVillage and New York City's Daily News. His designs have also been featured on episodes of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress.

Scarlett has also lent his design talents to many charitable causes.

In January 2006, he joined New York-based bridal-design house Amsale as Creative Director of its luxury bridal collection, Kenneth Pool, where he served until early 2009. [2]

He has been portrayed on Saturday Night Live by comedian Fred Armisen, in a spoof of "Project Runway."




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