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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.

Project Runway is a Game Show Reality series that is currently running and has 18 seasons (273 episodes). The series first aired on December 1, 2004. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.3.

Project Runway is available for streaming on the Lifetime website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Project Runway on demand at Amazon, Hulu, NBC, Vudu, Bravo, FuboTV, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, iTunes online.

Thursday 9:00 PM et/pt on Lifetime
18 Seasons, 273 Episodes
December 1, 2004
Game Show Reality
7.3/10
Cast: Nina García, Tim Gunn, Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Zac Posen
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Project Runway Full Episode Guide

  • Christian visits the remaining contestants at home as they furiously complete their final collections.

  • With only one challenge left to make it to New York Fashion Week, the remaining designers must think big to create an avant-garde look that is anything but ordinary. In a fashion first, the runway begins with a season long retrospective, outside and 16 stories high, at New York City’s dramatic, Vessel. The stakes are as high as the runway, because in fashion one day you’re in, and in this challenge, two will be out.

  • Designing for a client can be tough, especially when your client is a star athlete with high expectations. In this challenge, designers are paired up with a real athlete who will be competing to be in the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games. The designers need to make them their dream outfit for a victory night celebration, using all of their specialty skills to make the perfect proportions for their clients unique bodies, all while keeping their own point of view amongst a tough client challenge.

  • Tie dye is back in a big way and the designers will need to create their own textiles to elevate the trend from casual to couture. In a twist that may feel more like a trick to the designers, it's an overnight challenge! The designers go a bit mad working into the wee hours trying to perfect their techniques and complete their high end looks.

  • This week’s challenge is all about turning a timeless classic on its head: The Tuxedo. Inspired by recent fashion moments like their mentor Christian Siriano’s groundbreaking Oscar look for Billy Porter, the designers will each need to find their own way to take the tuxedo into the future with a mix of male, female, and non-binary models. A perfectly tailored suit is nearly impossible without help, so the designers get a surprise second set of hands to help out.

  • The designers realize that the challenges only get harder the longer they survive the competition when they’re faced with the hardest yet: a one-day challenge using some of the toughest textiles: sexy, sheer fabrics. As the challenges get more challenging, the competition heats up and just staying in the game becomes more and more difficult for several designers who are reaching their personal limits and question their ability to make it to the end.

  • Collaborations between fashion designers and artists are all the rage. In this challenge, the designers get a chance to enter into one with the fashion industry's latest art darling, Ashley Longshore.

  • In this week’s challenge, the designers are given a chance to think about their family history and channel those stories and emotions into a look of their choosing.

  • The iconic Cyndi Lauper is both inspiration and guest judge for this totally tubular team challenge. Split into two teams, the designers must create cohesive mini-collections. They need to collaborate to pay homage to Cyndi's '80s fashion trailblazing that brought underground punk into the pop culture while still giving the looks a totally awesome modern take. Sounds pretty straight forward until Christian throws out a mid-challenge twist that changes everything.

  • The designers must transform a winter wonderland into a wearable wonder by channeling their own holiday memories. Also: a surprise visitor stops by.

  • The designers must make their own spin on the classic animal prints.

  • The competition begins with some twists right out of the airport gate. With luggage still in tow, the designers are greeted at the iconic TWA Hotel at JFK airport ready to take flight with their first challenge: to create an innovative look inspired by humanity's continued push into space exploration. In a "Runway" first, these unfamiliar designers have to pair up and collaborate to make cohesive pieces that blow away the judges or they are out. Fans will also get a chance to own a piece of the designer creations when they vote on the outfits they like best. Both the judges' winning look and a fan-favorite look will be manufactured in the USA by Nineteenth Amendment, a production platform producing sustainable clothing on-demand, and sold on Bravotv.com/ProjectRunway.

  • The finalists attempt to snatch the ultimate goal of being crowned the winner.

  • A group of aspiring fashion designers competes for a chance to break into the industry.

  • The competition is down to the final five. It's the last challenge to determine which four designers will move on to the finale. Each designer is tasked with creating their biggest and best look as well as designing an experiential art installation in which to showcase it. Cardi B and Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo join the judges to check out their creations and help determine which designers have the vision and skills to move on.

  • The designers head to the store and atelier of their mentor, Christian Siriano, for a look at what could be their future as the winner of Project Runway. There, some surprise clients await: the real women who keep New York City moving! The designers are asked to create dream dresses for civic workers from the Post Office, Department of Sanitation, FDNY, NYPD and more! But they’ll need to balance their own design aesthetic while delivering on their clients’ dreams, otherwise this challenge could be their worst nightmare.

  • The remaining seven designers dig deep in this challenge and use their skills to bring attention to a social cause they care deeply about. Judge Elaine Welteroth mentors each designer on channeling their creative voice for change, a skill she honed in her time at Teen Vogue. Just as the designers start to get comfortable creating this emotionally charged look, they’re hit with a Flash Sale twist.

  • The designers create looks inspired by the film, "Rocketman."

  • Stylist Marni Senofonte is back, this time to challenge the designers to work in her wheelhouse: celebrity styling. The designers divide into teams to create a mini-collection for their client, Morena Baccarin ("Deadpool"), who is heading to Rio on vacation. Some designers collaborate while others compromise, as they race to create cohesive looks that tell a vacation fashion story.

  • The designers are surprised with an invitation to a Brandon Maxwell photoshoot featuring none other than super model and Project Runway host, Karlie Kloss. Brandon has made a career on sophisticated, elegant creations and now the final 10 will have to impress him with their take on elegance! If the pressure wasn’t high enough – the designers are faced with a flash sale challenge. America will vote on their looks and the winning look will be sold on bravotv.com!

  • The designers take on the virtual world of fashion in this video game challenge. Three women breaking ground in the multi-billion dollar industry visit the runway, helping the designers understand how clothing for powerful women works in video games!

  • The designers visit the atelier of the legendary Dapper Dan. Dap is the trailblazer who introduced high fashion to the hip-hop world by creating luxury streetwear. The designers are asked to create their own take on the future of streetwear, and are given just one day to complete the challenge and impress a fashion legend.

  • The pressure is high as the designers are tasked to create bold head-to-toe looks using a single print. One of the most influential celebrity stylists in the country, Marni Senofonte, surprises the designers by lending her expertise in this "go big or go home" challenge.

  • 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!

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