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Project Runway is a reality competition television show featuring fashion designers attempting to out-sew and out-design each other. Winning the competition earns the designer a generous package with seed money to start a fashion line. Heidi Klum, a former supermodel, hosts the show and leads the contestants through each week's episode. The results of each show depend solely on the decisions made by the judges of that week's episode.

Each episode begins with a creative and difficult challenge that each designer must complete. Previous challenges have tasked designers to create dresses out of party supplies, food and recycled paper. Other challenges required the designers to make new looks out of old wedding dresses or to create an outfit for a doll. Many episodes feature a mid-episode twist, forcing the contestants to create an additional look or deal with some unexpected obstacle. These challenges must usually be finished within a short time frame. Through it all, the warm and friendly Tim Gunn guides each contestant through the pitfalls of high-paced fashion design.

After the looks are finished, the contestants must present their designs to a panel of judges. Model after model struts up and down the catwalk to show off each designer's look. The designers must then face the tough panel of judges. This is when the real drama starts and the tears begin to flow. The competitors must listen as their work is scrutinized, criticized and sometimes praised by industry experts. Finally, the judges will speak amongst themselves and pick a winner and a loser for that episode. The winner often receives immunity for the next challenge and the loser is sent home.

After the field of contestants dwindles, one last challenge selects three or four designers. These designers will be given a chance to show a complete collection at a major fashion show. The selected contestants go home for several weeks to create a dozen or so different fashions. After Tim Gunn checks in with each contestant, the competitors travel to the runway show to present their final collection. Many of these contestants have never had the opportunity to display their designs in a professional runway show. This is a special moment that some may never experience again.

After the final fashion show, the designers must face the judging panel once more. Once each collection has been scrutinized, the judges crown the season's winner. The winner takes the prize and attempts to make a name in the fashion world.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on Lifetime
17 Seasons, 245 Episodes
December 1, 2004
Game Show, Reality
Cast: Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors
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Project Runway Full Episode Guide

  • The future of fashion is upon us. The button bag is back, with a stylish new makeover, as the designers are divided into teams for the first time. This week’s challenge tasks the designers to create a mini-collection that shows a sneak peek into the future of fashion. The designers are shocked to find out their models will be completely transformed with special effects body modifications, inspired by Simon Huck’s ‘A. Human’ exhibit. The designers must highlight their modification with their collections, as they fight to impress the judges with their innovative take on what’s next in fashion.

  • Sixteen talented designers from all walks of life arrive in New York City for the ultimate fashion competition. Nerves are high as the designers start-off by showcasing their best looks for industry influencers and the Project Runway host and judges Karlie Kloss, Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth. Afterwards, the contestants meet this season’s mentor, CFDA and celebrity fashion designer, Christian Siriano. The designers receive their first challenge, to create a look inspired by some of the biggest names in fashion but with a shocking and unexpected twist!

  • 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 our favorite models also swing by!

  • In the Season 16 finale, the designers rush to put the final touches on their collections for Fashion Week. Four designers have their dream of showing at New York Fashion Week, but only one designer will reach their goal of being crowned the winner. Guest judge Jessica Alba joins the panel.

  • The runway is converted into a Winter Wonderland as the designers are tasked with creating a winter-themed look.

  • It's an emotional Runway as the designers create looks inspired by "Warrior Women" -- women who have battled breast cancer. Rachel Brosnahan guest judges.

  • In this unconventional Lexus Challenge the designers use safety materials to create a look that wows the judges as Fashion Week is right around the corner. Carly Chalkin joins as guest judge.

  • The fallout from the cheating incident rocks the designers and leaves everyone wondering how they will move forward in the competition. The designers rally to create an avant-garde look inspired by “Shopkins” characters. Kate Upton guest judges.

  • The designers are tasked with creating an on-the-go look for friends and family of the Project Runway crew, but the good spirited challenge takes an ugly turn when accusations of cheating cloud the results of a contentious runway. Sophia Stallone and Yolanda Hadid guest judge.

  • The models serve as inspiration for the designers to create a street-style look that will be featured in a photo shoot.

  • Drawing inspiration from "Descendants 2,'' the designers visit Lyndhurst Castle and are tasked with creating a look that represents good or evil.

  • It's the Heidi Klum Sleepwear Challenge, and the designers are invited to a slumber party on the roof of the Empire State Building. Demi Lovato joins as guest judge.

  • The designers struggle to make their voices heard during their first team challenge; the designers must create a fashionable look out of recyclable materials.

  • In the Season 16 premiere, the designers must create a red-carpet look that demonstrates their fashion point-of-view, but the real surprise comes when the designers learn they will be working with models of all sizes. Guest judge Olivia Munn joins.

  • Host Tim Gunn will introduce this season's sixteen new designers with a behind-the-scenes look from their casting auditions.

Project Runway News

Heidi Klum and Seal Divorce: Are They Dunzo?!

Some divorces you see coming (see: Kim Kardashian). Others sort of blindside you and make you wonder what the heck was going on behind the scenes. Rumors that Heidi Klum and Seal are divorcing came as a shock to many early this morning... could it really be true?

Lady Gaga to Tim Gunn: Stop Making Fun of Hillary Clinton!

In a recent appearance on "The View," Gaga had some things to say about "Project Runway" mentor Timm Gunn, after he bashed Hillary Clinton. "He's being a bully. I think Hillary Clinton has more important things to think about than her hemline," she said.

Jessica Simpson to Mentor on 'Fashion Star' Reality Show

Usually when one thinks of Jessica Simpson and her questions of whether tuna fish is chicken, the word "mentor" doesn't immediately come to mind. But NBC begs to differ. The network has tapped Simpson to act as a mentor to competitors in the upcoming reality show "Fashion Star." The competition show, which will be hosted by Elle MacPherson, will feature 14 competitors as they create clothing in the hopes of winning a million bucks and a shot at their own fashion label.

Heidi Klum to Go Nude to Promote 'Project Runway'

"Project Runway" has been on for so many years now, and gone through so many changes in management, that it's going to take a serious shot in the arm to get it back out to the huge mainstream success it once was. Wait, Heidi Klum is posing nude to promote it? Well done and done I'd say.

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