Last week Heidi Klum and the famous tv show, project runway, were back with a brand new season. I have watched this show since the very first episode and I find it entertaining. It’s interesting to see what the designers come up with for all those crazy challenges and sometimes I even get truly inspired by the tasks! And how many times I’ve been thinking, “oh I wish I was there”.. This season it’s all about teams, so these designers have to find a way to work together for every challenge, interesting..! There’s also a new judge, Zac Posen, but it is yet to be seen if he manages to fill in Michael Kors’s big shoes..
The return of the show, got me thinking about the impact of this fashion reality show on the careers of the contestants and so, where are the winners and other contestants of the previous seasons now? Did they really make it in the fashion industry, are they successful? To answer these questions I did a little research and here’s what I found out about the first three winners: Jay McCarroll, Chloe Dao and Jeffrey Sebelia.
The very first winner Jay McCarroll got only the fame from the win, due to some legal issues, he ended up turning down the prize money and because at that time he couldn’t think about mass production in China, he declined the collaboration with Banana republic. However, he managed to came up with his own clothing line, Jay McCarroll, now sold on his website, in addition to a fabric line designed by him, which includes collections of very interesting and creative patterns. Moreover, he designed a collection for QVC and was featured in a documentary, called “11 minutes”, about his life after the project runway experience.
“The immigrant designer living out her American dream”
The second season was won by Chloe Dao, it gave her fame and success with her boutique LOT 8, newly named Dao Chloe Dao, where she still works today, offering limited edition pieces and bridal gowns. She also designed, for three years, a contemporary clothing line, Simply Chloe Dao, for QVC, in addition to a line of mobile technology and travel accessories for Nuo Tech.
The third season winner Jeffrey Sebelia used the prize money to pay off loans for his pre-Runway clothing company, Cosa Nostra. After some financial issues, he was approached by an upcoming brand, Fluxus, which wanted Jeffrey to come on as head designer and the company shortly became successful. In 2011 he and his friend Melissa Bochco launched a kids clothing line, La Miniatura, with desire to answer the question of cool and edgy children’s clothing. Seems pretty nice!
Although, these designers might not be as famous as some brands out there, all of them are now doing what they love pretty successfully.. That’s great! Maybe in one of the next posts I will write about the other contestants. But for now, ciao, the second episode airs soon! :)