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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 and 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 mentor-ship with Banana Republic, stating that the prizes came with too much contractual baggage.

Season 1

ContestantsEdit

DesignersEdit

(ages listed are the designers' ages at the time the show was taped in the summer of 2004.)

Winner:

ModelsEdit

Winner:


EpisodesEdit

  1. Innovation - December 1, 2004
  2. Vision - December 8, 2004
  3. Commercial Appeal - December 15, 2004
  4. Collaboration - January 5, 2005
  5. "Model" Clients - January 12, 2005
  6. Making A Splash - January 19, 2005
  7. Design A Collection - January 26, 2005
  8. Postal Uniform Challenge - February 2, 2005
  9. Design For The Red Carpet - February 9, 2005
  10. Reunion(Season 1) - February 16, 2005
  11. Finale (Season 1) - February 23, 2005

Designer EliminationsEdit

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 IN WIN IN IN WIN IN WIN WIN LOW OUT Runner-Up
Wendy LOW LOW WIN LOW IN LOW LOW LOW WIN OUT 2nd Runner-Up
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 HIGH 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


Model EliminationsEdit

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
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 RecapsEdit

Episode 1: InnovationEdit

  • 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: VisionEdit

  • 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 AppealEdit

  • 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: CollaborationEdit

  • 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" ClientsEdit

  • 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 SplashEdit

  • 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 CollectionEdit

  • 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 ChallengeEdit

  • 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 CarpetEdit

  • 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: ReunionEdit

  • 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: FinaleEdit

  • 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


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