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Project Runway contestant
Jay McCarroll
Date of birth: October 11, 1974 (age 35)
Training: Philadelphia University
London College of Fashion
Resides: Living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Season: Season 1
Placed: Winner
Eliminating Challenge : Winner

Jay McCarroll (born October 11, 1974) is a fashion designer who gained fame after winning the debut season of the competitive reality show Project Runway in 2005.



McCarroll lists Alexander McQueen as his favorite designer. He moved to London to study at the London College of Fashion, and lived in London selling clothes in Camden Market after he graduated. [1] 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. As the winner of the show's first season, McCarroll 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[2], 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.[3][4]}}

In April 2008 McCarroll launched his blog and designer fashion boutique, The Colony by Jay McCarroll.[5]

After leaving New York, McCarroll now teaches at Philadelphia University and has a fashion line on QVC. [6]

Jay McCarrol is currently on VH1's Celebrity Fit Club

McCarroll is a designer for Field of View winter guard in West Chester, Pennsylvania.[7]

Mccarroll has appeared numerous times on the PBS tv show Quilting Arts [8]

In the media

Since winning Project Runway, McCarroll has been interviewed by various media outlets, such as The Village Voice. He has had to spend 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. "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.[9]

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. “I haven’t been living anywhere for two years,” he says. “I sleep at other people’s houses. I sleep [at my studio] if I’m drunk.”[4]

However, the New York Post reported three days later that the aforementioned news of McCarroll's homelessness was actually a product of sarcasm and that, according to a friend, "Jay is not homeless. He lives in a beautiful building on the Upper West Side, and has recently been tapped to head up the re-launch of classic '80s sportswear brand Camp Beverly Hills, and also has his own line and show premiering on QVC this fall." In addition, McCarroll himself filmed a video clip poking fun at the 'news,' in which he lay on the streets with a sign saying, "Will Design for Food." [10]


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Preceded by
First season
Project Runway winner
Jay McCarroll
Succeeded by
Chloe Dao


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