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Project Runway (Season 1)
Pr1con23.jpg Host of the show Heidi Klum and season 1 contestants.
Winner Jay McCarroll
Original run December 2004
– February 2005
Filming dates
No. of episodes 11
No. of tasks 10
No. of designers 12
Season chronology
Next Season 2

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. McCaroll later turned down both the $100,000 and the mentorship with Banana Republic, stating that the prizes came with too much contractual baggage.[1]

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Season 1 contestants

The 12 fashion designers competing in the first season were:

Contestant Age Hometown
Mario Cadenas 23 Pembroke Pines, Florida
Nora Caliguri 21 Cheshire, Connecticut
Daniel Franco 32 Los Angeles, California
Starr Ilzhoefer 27 Charlotte, North Carolina
Kevin Johnn 37 New York, New York
Jay McCarroll 29 Dallas, Pennsylvania
Wendy Pepper 39 Middleburg, Virginia
Robert Plotkin 28 New York, New York
Vanessa Riley 34 London, England
Kara Saun 37 Los Angeles, California
Austin Scarlett 22 New York, New York
Alexandra Vidal 21 Miami, Florida

(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:

Model Age Hometown
Josiane Barboza 21 Brazil
Julia Beynon 20 California
Audrey Chihocky 18 Virginia
Erin Denardo 21 New Jersey
Melissa Haro 17 California
Mary Henderson 19 Texas
Olga Kononova 18 Czech Republic
Martinique Mitchell 21 California
Joy Pursell 21 Texas
Morgan Quinn 21 Iowa
Jenny Toth 22 Ohio
Alison Zebelian 19 Michigan

(ages listed are according to the profiles on bravotv.com)

Season 1 challenges

Elimination Chart
Designer 1 2 3 41 5 6 7 8 9 11 Episodes
Jay IN IN HIGH IN HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH LOW WINNER WINNER
Kara Saun IN WIN IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN LOW OUT Runner-Up
Wendy LOW LOW WIN LOW IN LOW LOW LOW WIN OUT Third Place
Austin WIN IN LOW LOW LOW WIN LOW LOW OUT 9 - Design For The Red Carpet
Robert IN HIGH LOW IN IN LOW 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
Results
     Green background and WIN means the designer won Project Runway.
     Blue background and WIN means the designer won that challenge.
     Light blue background and HIGH means the designer had one of the highest scores for that challenge, but did not win.
     Pink background and LOW means the designer had one of the lowest scores for that challenge, but was not eliminated.
     Orange background and LOW means the designer was in the bottom two, but was not eliminated; orange background and HIGH means the designer scored highly but was in the bottom two.
     Red background and OUT means 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.

Season 1 Fashion models

Elimination Chart
Model 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Finale
Julia IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN WIN
Jenny IN IN IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN IN IN OUT
Melissa IN IN IN WIN IN WIN IN IN WIN IN OUT
Martinique IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Olga WIN IN IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Erin IN IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Morgan IN IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Joy IN IN IN IN IN OUT
Audrey IN IN WIN IN OUT
Josiane IN WIN IN OUT
Alison IN IN OUT
Mary IN OUT
     Green background and WIN means model won Project Runway.
     Blue background and WIN means the model wore the winning design that episode.
     Red background and IN means the model wore the losing design that episode.
     Gray background and OUT means the model was not picked and was out of the competition.
Notes:
  • 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.

Episode 1: Innovation

  • 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 USD and 1 hour to make their purchases. They have one day to complete the design and the winner had immunity for the next challenge and cannot be eliminated.
  • Judges: Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Patricia Field.
  • WINNER: Austin
  • OUT: Daniel
  • First broadcast December 1, 2004

Episode 2: Vision

  • Designers used plain white cotton jersey to build a garment that conveys "envy." They had a budget of $50 USD and one day to complete the design.
  • Judges: Nina Garcia, Constance White, style director at eBay; and Paul Berman, from 30 Van Dam.
  • WINNER: Kara Saun
  • OUT: Mario
  • First broadcast December 8, 2004

Episode 3: Commercial Appeal

  • Designers created a holiday dress to fit with Banana Republic's current line. They had to pick their fabrics at the studios and two days to complete the designs.
  • Judges: Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Deborah Lloyd, Head Designer at Banana Republic.
  • WINNER: Wendy
  • OUT: Starr
  • First broadcast December 15, 2004

Episode 4: Collaboration

  • 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 USD and one day to complete the design.
  • Kevin, Nora and Alexandra
  • Jay, Kara and Robert
  • Austin, Wendy and Vanessa

Note: team leader in bold

  • Judges: Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Sarah Hudson.
  • WINNER: Kevin (teamed with Nora Caliguri and Alexandra Vidal)
  • OUT: Vanessa (teamed with Austin Scarlett and Wendy Pepper)
  • First broadcast January 5, 2005

Episode 5: "Model" Clients

  • Working with their chosen models, the designers created a wedding dress for that model. The designers had a budget of $300 USD and two days to complete the design.
  • Judges: Michael Kors; Anne Slowey, Fashion News Director at ELLE; and wedding dress designer Amsale.
  • WINNER: Kara Saun
  • OUT: Nora
  • First broadcast January 12, 2005

Episode 6: Making A Splash

  • Designers made swimsuits, then attended an evening party with their swimsuit-clad models. The winner was the designer who received a mention in the New York Post gossip column "Page Six". The designers have a budget of $75 USD and 5 hours to complete the design.
  • Judges: Constance White; Anne Slowey; and Richard Johnson, editor of "Page Six".
  • WINNER: Austin
  • OUT: Alexandra
  • First broadcast January 19, 2005

Episode 7: Design A Collection

  • 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 USD and one day to complete the collection.
  • Judges: Anne Slowey; Michael Kors; and Betsey Johnson.
  • WINNER: Kara Saun
  • OUT: Kevin
  • First broadcast January 26, 2005

Episode 8: Postal Uniform Challenge

  • Designers redesigned the uniform worn by United States Postal Service workers. The designers had a budget of $100 USD and one day to complete the design.
  • Judges: Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and United States Postal Service worker Becky Negich.
  • WINNER: Kara Saun
  • OUT: Robert
  • First broadcast February 2, 2005
  • Kara is the First person to win 2 challenges in a row.

Episode 9: Design For The Red Carpet

  • Designers created a dress for Access Hollywood reporter Nancy O'Dell to wear to the Grammys. The designers have $300 USD and two days to complete the design.
  • Judges: Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Nancy O'Dell.
  • WINNER: Wendy
  • OUT: Austin
  • First broadcast February 9, 2005

Episode 10: Reunion

  • All of the participating designers gathered for a reunion hosted by Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn on the eve of New York Olympus Fashion Week at which the final three designers will display their collections.
  • Judges: not applicable
  • WINNER/OUT: not applicable
  • First broadcast February 16, 2005

Episode 11: Finale

  • The final three designers, Jay, Kara Saun, and Wendy, were visited by Tim Gunn at their homes to show their progress of their collection. Each designer created a twelve piece collection for a showing at New York Olympus Fashion Week.
  • Judges: Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Parker Posey.
  • Winner of Project Runway Season 1: Jay
  • OUT: Kara Saun (1st Runner-Up), Wendy Pepper (2nd Runner-Up)
  • First broadcast February 23, 2005

References

  1. ^ Robin Givhan (December 9, 2005; Page C02). "Baggage on the 'Runway'" (HTML). pub. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/12/08/AR2005120802181.html. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 

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