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Project Runway

Project Runway

Photo Credit:  Lifetime Television
  • Premiered: 
    December 1, 2004
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  • Network: Bravo
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Reality
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Talent
  • Tags: fashion

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Plot Synopsis

Hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum, PROJECT RUNWAY is a competition reality series set in the glamorous world of the fashion industry. Up-and-coming designers compete in weekly elimination challenges to win the half-million-dollar grand prize, which for Season 12 includes $150,000 cash, $100,000 fabric allowance, a $50,000 styling contract, a fashion spread in "Marie Claire" magazine, a 2014 Lexus IS 350, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk. For the first five seasons, the series aired on Bravo and took place in New York City. After a long legal battle, the program moved to Lifetime for Season 6, originating from Los Angeles. Starting with Season 7, the show continued to air on Lifetime, but the program moved back to New York City. Past winners include: Jay McCarroll (Season 1); Chloe Dao (Season 2); Jeffrey Sebelia (Season 3); Christian Siriano (Season 4); Leanne Marshall (Season 5); Irina Shabayeva (Season 6); Seth Aaron Henderson (Season 7); Gretchen Jones (Season 8); Anya Ayoung-Chee (Season 9); Dmitry Sholokhov (Season 10); Michelle Lesniak Franklin (Season 11); and Dom Streater (Season 12). Lifetime premiered Season 11 on Thursday, January 24, 2013 at 9pm ET, showcasing its first-ever Teams Edition season, during which designers worked in teams for the entire season. Plus, Michael Kors was replaced on the judging panel by Zac Posen, whose collections are found in top retailers all over the world including Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue, Harvey Nichols, Holt Renfrew and Vakko. Season 12 of PROJECT RUNWAY premiered on Thursday, July 18, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT with a 90-minute season opener that welcomed back all three judges from the previous season. Celeb guest judges for the twelfth season included Kate Bosworth, Kelly Osbourne, Allison Williams, Sigourney Weaver, Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Kaley Cuoco, Michael Kors, and Stacy Keibler. PROJECT RUNWAY returned for its thirteenth season on Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 9pm ET/PT with the designers in disbelief when they discover there is one final audition before being granted a spot on the show. Before the contestants even get to the first challenge, three designers are sent packing. After that hurdle, the remaining 16 get their first challenge -- they must create a look that would give the judges a glimpse of what their spring collection would like if they present at New York Fashion Week. The designers complete their looks with shoes and accessories from the ALDO accessories wall, but with only a trunk of fabric to use. Judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen and mentor Tim Gunn are joined by these guest judges in Season 13: Julie Bowen, Elisbeth Moss, Shay Mitchell, Lindsey Vonn, Dita Von Teese, Christian Soriano, Amanda de Cadenet, and Bethany Mota. Lifetime premiered the fourteenth season of PROJECT RUNWAY on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 9pm ET/PT, immediately following a new one-hour special (8pm) and an all-day marathon (8am-8pm) of encore episodes from the previous season. Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen, and Tim Gunn all return for the new season. In the brand-new cast special (8pm), "Road to Runway Season 14," Tim Gunn provides a look into the lives and designs of the upcoming cast. Then, in the 90-minute season opener (9pm), "Mad Dash Mayhem," with guest judge Hannah Davis, the designers have three minutes to find the only fabric they will be able to design with. Other celebrity guest judges in Season 14 include: actress Bella Thorne; actress Kiernan Shipka; actress Tracee Ellis Ross; actress Paula Patton; actress Ashley Tisdale; actresses Shiri Appleby and Constance Zimmer; singer/songwriter Ciara; singer and AMERICA'S GOT TALENT judge Mel B; supermodel Coco Rocha; and fashion designer Lisa Perry. Season 15 of PROJECT RUNWAY premiered on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime, immediately following a brand-new one-hour special at 8pm. In the special, "Road to the Runway Season 15," The new season features 16 new designers who are evaluated by the returning judges -- host Heidi Klum; Marie Claire's creative director Nina Garcia; creative director for Brooks Brother Women, fashion designer Zac Posen; and mentor Tim Gunn -- who once again have the power to "save" one designer from elimination. Guest judges this season include Priyanka Chopra, Emily Ratajkowski, Nina Dobrev, Camilla Belle, Jaime King, Sabrina Carpenter, Shiri Appleby, Carly Chaiken, Savannah Guthrie, Rebecca Minkoff, Kelly Osbourne, Lucky Blue Smith and Anne Fulenwider. Season 16 of PROJECT RUNWAY premiered on Thursday, August 17, 2017 at 8pm ET/PT on Lifetime. For the first time in PROJECT RUNWAY history, Season 16 breaks out of the conventional modeling mold and celebrates body diversity by incorporating size-inclusive models on the catwalk. As a true reflection of all women across the country, models range from 0 to 22, and this season's designers must show off their skills and ability to make stunning creations, for any size. Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return to the runway alongside fashion authorities Nina Garcia and Zac Posen. Guest judges include Demi Lovato, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Yolanda Hadid, Kate Upton, Maggie Q, Kelsea Ballerini, Dove Cameron, China Anne McClain, Asia Kate Dillon, Carly Chaikin, Maddie Ziegler, Sophia Stallone, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Brosnahan and Anne Fulenwider. The Season 16 winner receives $100,000 to launch their line, and the opportunity to collaborate with JCPenney on a limited edition capsule collection as part of the Project Runway line sold at select JCPenney stores and online at In addition, the winner receives a selection of Brother sewing and embroidery machines, with a retail value of $40,000; a lifetime supply of pens from the Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen, the official pen of Project Runway; and an all-expense paid luxury trip to Japan, including a 5-star stay near Japan's fashion center. The prize package also includes the new 2018 Lexus NX. Additionally, the winning designer and model receives a fashion spread in "Marie Claire" magazine. The Season 16 designers are: Aaron Myers (23) Brooklyn, NY; Amy Bond (46) Los Angeles, CA; Ayana Ife (27) Salt Lake City, UT; Batani-Khalfani (32) Inglewood, CA; Brandon Kee (24) San Francisco, CA; Claire Buitendorp (27) Grand Ledge, MI; Deyonte Weather (36) Lynwood, WA; Kentaro Kameyama (38) Los Angeles, CA; Kenya Freeman (37) Atlanta, GA; Kudzanai Karidza (32) Atlanta, GA; Margarita Alvarez (30) San Juan, PR; Michael Brambila (25) Oakland, CA; Samantha Rei (36) Minneapolis, MA; Sentell McDonald (33) New York, NY; Shawn Buitendorp (27) Grand Ledge, MI; and ChaCha (24) Taipei, Taiwan.
On Thursday, November 30, 2017 from 9-10:30pm ET/PT, Lifetime premiered the Season 16 reunion of PROJECT RUNWAY. In this 90-minute special, the Season 16 designers reunite with mentor Tim Gunn to discuss their PROJECT RUNWAY experience. They come ready to reminisce, share emotions, and get to the bottom of the cheating scandal that rocked the season. And some of their favorite models also swing by!

Eighteen months earlier -- on May 26, 2016 -- Lifetime renewed PROJECT RUNWAY for three additional seasons, taking the series through Season 18.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by The Weinstein Company
  • Produced by Miramax Films
  • Produced by Bunim-Murray Productions
  • Produced by Full Picture Productions
  • Produced by Magical Elves


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