Project Runway

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  • TV-PG
  • 2004
  • 18 Seasons
  • 7.3  (10,136)

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.

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Finale, Pt. 2
15. Finale, Pt. 2
March 12, 2020
The remaining designers rush to put the final touches on their collections, balancing advice from experts while trying to not lose their own point of view. It's game, set, match when Serena Williams joins as guest judge for the final runway, with only one designer chosen as the winner.
Finale, Pt. 1
14. Finale, Pt. 1
March 5, 2020
Christian visits the remaining contestants at home as they furiously complete their final collections.
The Height Of Avant-Garde Fashion
12. The Height Of Avant-Garde Fashion
February 27, 2020
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.
Olympic Game Plan
11. Olympic Game Plan
February 20, 2020
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.
Live and Let Tie Dye
10. Live and Let Tie Dye
February 13, 2020
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.
Suit Yourself
9. Suit Yourself
February 6, 2020
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.
Sheer Genius
8. Sheer Genius
January 30, 2020
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.
Project Runway X Ashley Longshore
7. Project Runway X Ashley Longshore
January 23, 2020
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.
There Is Only One You
6. There Is Only One You
January 16, 2020
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.
She's Sew Unusual
5. She's Sew Unusual
January 9, 2020
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 Ultimate Upcycle
4. The Ultimate Upcycle
January 2, 2020
Mega-stylist to the stars, Karla Welch is here to guest-mentor the designers and she's got a job for them - dress her client: the one and only Karlie Kloss! Karla's got a twist though, the materials used to design the look will be donated clothing from a local Goodwill, making this Project Runway's first upcycling challenge. The designers will need to be resourceful, sustainable, and fast because it's also their first one day challenge. One designer's dreams will come true with the chance to dress a supermodel while another will be all out of second chances in this second-hand challenge.
The Ultimate Upcycle
4. The Ultimate Upcycle
January 2, 2020
Mega-stylist to the stars, Karla Welch is here to guest-mentor the designers and she's got a job for them - dress her client: the one and only Karlie Kloss! Karla's got a twist though, the materials used to design the look will be donated clothing from a local Goodwill, making this Project Runway's first upcycling challenge. The designers will need to be resourceful, sustainable, and fast because it's also their first one day challenge. One designer's dreams will come true with the chance to dress a supermodel while another will be all out of second chances in this second-hand challenge.
Sleigh The Runway
3. Sleigh The Runway
December 19, 2019
The designers must transform a winter wonderland into a wearable wonder by channeling their own holiday memories. Also: a surprise visitor stops by.
Cats of the Urban Jungle
2. Cats of the Urban Jungle
December 12, 2019
The designers must make their own spin on the classic animal prints.
Blast Off
1. Blast Off
December 5, 2019
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.
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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 series that is currently running and has 18 seasons (273 episodes). The series first aired on December 1, 2004.

Where to Watch Project Runway

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, Vudu, Bravo, Microsoft Movies & TV, Sling, Google Play, Apple TV, NBC and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    December 1, 2004
  • IMDB Rating
    7.3  (10,136)