Mala Proper: Season 2 reunion: "Sold out like beagles", instead of "hotcakes". She herself lampshades it.
Heidi: "What do I know, I'm German"
She later misremembers the idiom as "selling like pancakes," and is visibly nonplussed at the subtle difference.
In season 12 she also asks the final five designers if they can see "the sausage dangling in front of [their] noses" and when Tim points out it's actually a "carrot" she again says she's German and likes sausages better.
The Mentor: She was this for the models in the "Models of the Runway" segment for seasons 6 and 7.
One Drink Will Kill the Baby: She goes out of her way to make it clear that she is not partaking in the champagne the contestants usually enjoy during the parties, since she's often pregnant.
Ascended Extra: Though he's never been what you might consider an extra, in season 12 he sits on the judging panel, giving the judges insight into the process behind a design, and has a "Tim Gunn Save" he can use to save an eliminated designer if he feels the judges have erred in their choice.
Asexual: Though he defines his romantic orientation as "homoromantic", Tim Gunn is a self-identified Asexual. He hasn't been in a relationship since the early 1980s and says he has no interest in being in another one.
City Mouse: During Andy's home-visit, Tim shrieks at the sight of catfish.
Classical Tongue: Season 3 reunion rolled a footage of Tim's refined language in action, which required dictionary quotation at the designer's blank faces. Words included: "Mitigating", "Faux-bois", "Consternation", "Sturm and Drang", "Caucus" and many others.
Sometimes goes into Sophisticated as Hell when interacting in the workroom with some of the designers, immediately laughing.
Cooldown Hug: He's in charge of giving this to the stressed designers.
Dark and Troubled Past: He's doing quite well now, but he attempted suicide when he was a teenager and spent several years at a residential psychiatric treatment center, and at one point feared he might have HIV after his then-partner revealed that he was infected and had been sleeping around behind his back, which led to their breakup.
Papa Wolf: Stated that he feels like the final 5-10 designers are like his kids, and he hates hearing them get torn apart by the judges.
Sharp-Dressed Man: To the point the most "outdoor" he could get was a camouflage-printed suit.
Silver Fox: He was named one of People Magazine's "Sexiest Men Alive" in 2006.
Spin-Off: He had a short-lived makeover fashion show called "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style", where he helped women to dress better. Unlike other makeover shows, Tim actually helped the women to feel better about their sizes by dressing accordingly. Also heads the spin off Under The Gunn which involves other designers mentoring each other.
Limited Wardrobe: He always dresses the same: Black jacket, black t-shirt and jeans. Sometimes he varies it wearing white pants.
Mad Libs Catch Phrase: He's fond of describing bad outfits with some variation of "She looks like a [mother of the bride/stripper/nun/waitress/Always Female occupation] on her way to a [funeral/disco/wedding/other event] in [geographic location]."
Nobody over 50 Is Gay: Averted, since Kors was born in 1959 and married his longtime partner in 2011 after New York State legalized gay marriage.
Not So Stoic: In the Season 4 reunion special, a footage is shown where Michael just looses it when one of the models made a pelvic thrust and he couldn't stop laughing at all. Even Nina cracked when watching him.
Put on a Bus: He's no longer in the judges panel starting season 11.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Played with during the Swimsuit Challenge: Austin and Jay go to a magazine stand to see the photo spread of the Austin's winning design; Jay at first congratulates Austin... only for the cameras to cut to him beating up Austin in the street (jokingly, of course).
The Ace: Managed to win 4 challenges in total and 2 in a row.
Elimination Houdini: She sent a lot of tacky or dull garments that should have gotten her auf'd.
Fashion-Victim Villain: She didn't know how to put together an outfit, style her hair or apply her own makeup. Her appearance improved slightly in the third episode (after Kara Saun gave her a makeover) and during Fashion Week (by which time she'd finally dyed her hair the proper shade).
Jay comments that ironically, for the final challenge before the finale (in which incidentally Wendy won), all he could think in that moment was that the least Wendy could have done was wear lipstick.
Green-Eyed Monster: Invoked for the second challenge, which was coincidentally "envy themed". She repeatedly mentioned that Robert and Alexandra could win people over because they were more charming and better-looking, and that Nora and Austin were still young and had all the time ahead for their careers (while her clock was ticking).
Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: She invited her adorable young daughter into the work room for a visit during Fashion Week... but only as a tactic to emotionally manipulate her fellow competitors and put them off guard.
Jerkass Has a Point: She is the first to call out Kara Saun for the "Shoe-Gate", because it gave her an unfair advantage over Wendy and Jay, who had to shop for cheap shoes while Kara Saun had custom-made shoes practically for free.
Smug Snake: She was perfectly fine with throwing team leaders under the bus for the team challenges, first by accusing Austin of being a bad leader, then pointing out all the group flaws in front of the judges (instead of voicing them during in the workroom), making Kevin look responsible for the mistakes.
Vitriolic Best Buds: Played with when Austin and Jay went to the mart and know who was the Winner of the Swimsuit challenge. Jay at first reacted fine... only for the cameras to cut to Jay beating up Austin in the street (jokingly, of course).
Too Dumb to Live: He let his model, Morgan, go to a party with his swimsuit on, even when the other designers were saying that was a stupid idea. Result: Morgan arrived with the garment ripped. He's lucky the judges auf'd Alexandra instead of him.
Too Dumb to Live: When all the designers were asked who should go home, Vanessa had a verbal diarrea and chose herself, saying she was the worst sewer of the group. She promptly regreted saying that to the judges.
Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very good tailor, but tends to bounce and dance around his dressform and talk about happiness and bliss.
When teamed up with Kara, she told her to "Cut the cry or Cry and cut", which is also one Crowning Moment Of Awesome from her. Even Kara herself agreed Zulema was right.
Althought all he other designers were in shock for the model switch, Zulema was still right when she said her model didn't have a good walk and Nick should try to win to take Tara back instead of whine.
Hello, Attorney!: She is a lawyer and a swimsuit designer, and also modeled her own pieces.
Too Dumb to Live: She had a scarf that she had to incorporate in her design, but she didn't because it was a family heirloom. At the runway, Nina and Heidi pointed out she didn't have to destroy it at all.
"I... was given Kerry. I said "What you like?". And she said "I don't like print, I don't like color, I would never wear a dress, I would never wear a skirt, I don't like to show my arms and I wear black everyday and a pair of jeans". So I got very scared and I was like "Okay... Because she doesn't like ANYTHING!!"."
"I am not a miracle-worker, lady. I can't make you have an ass."
Ensemble Darkhorse: He won Fanfavorite from his season, check given by previous fanfavorite, Mychael Knight. invoked
Bromance: Played for laughs at the reunion special, the footage was edited portraying Kevin and Jack as this.
Camp Straight: Played with and joked around, he even had a whole segment of this in the Reunion Episode, including phone conversations with his girlfriend, judges critiques (they once described one of his color palettes as "fruity") and all his interactions with Jack, crowned with shirtless shots of both of them in the apartment.
Tim crowned with "Being in Project Runway didn't turn you gay, nothing will".
Hypocrite: He took Leah (then Elisa's model) and said he didn't care what others may think because it was a competition. When Jack chose to swap and get Leah from Ricky, Ricky then started to say "Everybody is starting to show their true colors" in a reproach tone at the confession cam.
Men Don't Cry: Subverted. He cries in every episode except, ironically, for the one in which he is eliminated.
The Ace: Started out as one of the judges favorites.
Broken Ace: Mid-way throught the competition, the judges started to get bored of his draping technique.
Covert Pervert: In his audition tape, he's checking his drafts of a male model and says "I wish I asked his number", and for the menswear challenge, he was gushing hard on his male model.
Control Freak: She clearly took control during the team challenge and headbutted often with Ricky, who was made the actual team leader. She only rejected the leader position because she didn't want to take any blame.
Not So Stoic: When Jack left the show, it looked like she was pissed while everyone was tearfully saying goodby to him. In reality she was pissed off at the production for not suspending the competition to give Jack a time for recovery.
Bumbling Dad: Dresses as a punk-rock cloudcuckoolander, is a wacky fashion designer for a living and has a sitcom-like family. They also have a Elastic Bed in their backyard, and both father and son were in glee dragging Tim to it.
Bigot vs. Bigot: Mila and Jay, to the point Tom and Lorenzo entitled a post "Pissy vs. Prissy. You get to choose who is who".
He and Ceri in the reunion show.
Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He was a fan favorite, but in the reunion special, after Cerri (one of the models) expressed her dislike of his designs in a confessional cam, he insulted Cerri by saying she had bad teeth and thick legs. Everyone there called him out, and he still grinned about it.
Stealth Insult: During the "Apology Reunion", Anthony apologised to Mila while clasifying her as an "Old Classy Lady". Also added that althought they weren't in bad terms, he still wasn't friends with her enough to give her a kidney.
Brandise. She said aloud she hoped Jay was eliminated instead of Jonathan, right next to Brittany (Jay's model). Saying they weren't fond of each other is an Understatement.
Alexis also always brought up eliminations and mentioned in glee everytime there will be less and less models in the competition, to the chagrin of the other girls. They theorized maybe she was putting a Jerkass Façade because she didn't want to get emotionally attached to anyone.
The Jinx: Brittany got to think she was this because Jesus landed in the Bottom 3 three times and Jeanine was eliminated. This got better once she started working with Jay.
Non-Gameplay Elimination: Valeria. She was ready to reject the sidejob, even when it offered her a big opportunity and double pay, but Seth Aaron encouraged her to take it.
Perpetual Frowner: Sophia. One of the reasons the designers didn't want her (the other reason being that she was alergic to hairspray, so they couldn't do her much styling choices), making her the third eliminated model.
My God, What Have I Done?: During the Reunion Show, she looked back at her behavior during the course of the season, and was flabbergasted at the way she treated everyone. Although we don't know if she was just playing it up to gain a sympathy card.
Character Development: He started very reserved and barely interacted with the others after work hours. As the episodes progressed, not only became close friends with Michael Costello, he also started to open more and finally revealed his HIV status to the judges and the audience.
Nice Girl: Despite accusations of being a Creator's Pet both in an out of show, she never seemed to be anything but an honestly nice person. invoked
Obfuscating Stupidity: She constantly reminded everyone she just learned to sew four months prior the show. Especially since she had already launched two clothing lines before applying for Project Runway, and almost never mentioned that she does have design degrees from a top school in Trinidad as well as from Parson's (although not in the field of actual garment construction, which means her claims of sewing inexperience are technically true). Even more so now that she won the season, and she admitted that even she was surprised that she made it all the way to the end.
Old Shame: The news about an old sex tape were brought back to light when the announcement of her casting for the show was made.
Ungrateful Bastard / Hypocrite: Josh pointed out Anya got A LOT of help throught the competition (Laura helped her finishing her jumpsuit and Anthony Ryan lend her money after she lost her own at MOOD), and then she didn't want to lend Josh some extra fabric.
Jerkass Has a Point: Josh pointed out Anya got A LOT of help throught the competition (Laura helped her finishing her jumpsuit and Anthony Ryan lend her money after she lost her own at MOOD), and then she didn't want to lend Josh some extra fabric.
Mr. Fanservice / Female Gaze: Say whatever about his personality, but he provided the obligatory shirtless morning shots this season.
Ill Boy: Prior to the competition, he had (and survived) testicular cancer.
No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Anthony Ryan reportedly put back some of his own fabric at Mood in order to spare Anya $11 when she lost her money. She won the challenge and had her garment sold online; he was eliminated.
Extreme Doormat: To the point she let Josh boss her around and had to redo a skirt three times just to please him.
Hide Your Lesbians: Averted, unlike Zulema from Season 2, who the producers edited out all the scenes where Zulema talked about her wife. Alicia openly gave a tour to her house in her demo reel and presented her girlfriend to the viewers.
Only Sane Woman: In episode 8, trapped between Dmitry and Elena, who despise each other and take every opportunity to snipe. Alicia pays for the drama.
Tomboy: Even her entire style is based in jumpers for tomboy girls.
Nice Hat: In the tour of his apartment we see his collection of hats, and he says he wears hats almost every day.
Real Men Wear Pink: Wears what are essentially dresses several times, leading to Michael Kors joking during the real women challenge that it took a boy in a dress to get his female client to wear a dress, and at one point wears a crown of pink flowers.
He's also the only one who had any idea of how to deal with the babies in episode 11, and says that when he first came to New York did a lot of babysitting.
Nice Guy: At least that was his image during the Season 9 selection. He was one of the four first to go home before the first challenge, and accepted the desition very gracefully. This contrast led the viewers to see him like he...
Too Dumb to Live: It's by now well known that any designers who go for cloth-like fabrics in the unconventional materials challenge get reamed by the judges, so what does she do? Make a dress that's almost entirely made out of fabric with a few pieces of candy thrown on for posterity. The judges were not amused and she was unsurprisingly auf'd.
Only Sane Man: When forced to work with Christopher and Gunnar, who despise each other. Recappers Tom & Lorenzo theorized that she took them aside and read them their rights, which kept the drama from boiling over.
The Ace: Pulls off the nigh-impossible feat of winning two challenges in a row.
Broken Ace: ... only to very nearly get eliminated in episode 6, and even closer in episode 9, with him finally being eliminated for real in Episode 10.
Author Appeal: By his own admission, really likes the color red, as the tour of his apartment shows.
Digging Yourself Deeper: When he works with a plus size client in episode 6, he completely fails to grasp that he shouldn't be saying things that remind her of her size, like mentioning that he doesn't have a belt in the right size.
Jerkass: In episode 6, Ven constantly complained about his client's figure. The other designers were horrified.
No Social Skills / Lack of Empathy: See above, since he honestly doesn't seem to get why his behavior is a problem. In fact, his complete failure to communicate with his client very nearly gets him eliminated.
Signature Style: The judges remark that it's very easy to spot his pieces, and he winds up using the same technique so often that Heidi explicitly warns him that if he uses it again he'll probably get eliminated.
Messy Hair: During Tim's home visit he's sporting curly hair that would make Tim Burton jealous. Usually it's straightened and slicked down.
Twofer Token Minority: He refers to himself as being both Latino and gay and how this affected him growing up. However given the makeup of the show and his season's cast in particular he's far from being in the minority.
Break the Haughty: Starts off the first episode telling the other designers to watch out, she'll be the winner, etc., only for things to go south very quickly once the competition actually starts. And to cap it off she's the first one out.
Improbable Age: She's one of the youngest designers at 24. Only Kate, who's 23, is younger.
Manipulative Bitch: By her own words, thoguht she never gets to do this in the competition.
Mistress and Servant Boy: The other designers comment that she and Tu come off this way, and she even flat out admits that one reason she likes to work with him is because he listens to what he says and doesn't really fight with her about what to do. This unfortunately leads to them both getting eliminated.
Apologizes a Lot: And this ultimately gets him eliminated, since while Michelle was also in the bottom she still stuck by her look.
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The Jinx: At one point she wonders if she kicked a rabbit when she was a kid based on how often the team she's on ends up in the bottom. Including an instance where the team that had won two challenges in a row lost after she was transferred to them. Eventually broken when she wins the Duck Tape challenge along with Amanda, and then later wins not only Lord & Taylor challenge but the entire season.
Perky Goth: While not a completely straight example, since she wears colors other than black and her personal style could be described as "rocker chick" she otherwise fits.
Plucky Girl: Something the judges admire about her, since she stands by her looks even when the judges criticize them. This attitude also inspired her final collection, which cast the women as "hunters" and "lone wolves" going in for "that last kill."
Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Whenever she winds up on the same team as Patricia, which happens distressingly often. Patricia for her part seems oblivious to Michelle's feelings about her.
Braids, Beads and Buckskins: Several things she wears has this aesthetic, and she proudly identifies as a Native American. She also think she's the first Native American contestant on the show, but Santino Rice from Season 2 also had Native ancestry.
The Load: He winds up playing this to Patricia on a team challenge, and lands them in the bottom two. While he goes home that week the next week he winds up on a team with her again as her "randomly selected" sewing assistant, and she more or less has a Heroic BSOD, but manages to pull through. And then happens a third time when he's Stanley's sewing assistant.
Only Sane Man: When stuck on a team with Richard an Layana, who despise each other. She mostly just keeps to herself and tries to keep things from imploding. She pays for it and gets auf'd.
Jerkass: Zig-zagged during the Marie Claire challenge. On the one hand, he pushes Tu very hard to the point that the other designers seem appalled, but he seems sincere when he credits Tu for helping him while being judged.
Lookalike Lovers: Though his partner is white they otherwise look very similar, including similar tastes in eyewear.
Ridiculous Procrastinator: Everyone up to and including Tim Gunn were horrified when they realized that he came to the final runway with tons of work left to do. He was sewing models into their dresses literally seconds before they were sent out on the runway.
The Stoic: Usually, though he loses it a bit when working with Patricia for the Lord & Taylor challenge.
Straight Gay: To the point that some viewers were genuinely surprised when he introduced his male partner of 20 years to Tim during his home visit. There was also his reaction to the male dancers.
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Camp Gay: Though his orientation is not made clear in the actual show.
Mistress and Servant Boy: The other designers comment he and Kate come off this way, and she even flat out admits that one reason she likes to work with him is because he listens to what he says and takes a mostly passive role. This unfortunately leads to them both getting eliminated.
Wacky Marriage Proposal: He proposed on camera in the 4th episode after winning the challenge, and he would have to wait for the answer until the episode airs. Bradon still told this to his fiance via skype the following day.
Boring, but Practical: Her designs consistently get her either safe or in the top, but she tends to fade into the background next to some of the louder personalities around her.
Odd Friendship / Not So Different: Despite vocally being displeased when she sees that Kate has returned for the competition they actually grow to like each other when put on the same team for a challenge, surprising both of them.
Ascended Fanboy: Declares that he's been "secretly competing" on the show for the past 11 seasons because he's been following it and incorporating the judges' critiques into his own designs.
Bowties Are Cool: He thinks so, to the point of having one tattooed on his chest.
Break the Haughty: Goes into the Belk challenge confident he'll win since he's one of the few contestants from the South, but he gets reamed by the judges for missing the point of the challenge and ends up in the bottom three.
Fan Nickname: Tom and Lorenzo quickly dubbed him Coco Montrese after a contestant on that show who was known for stirring drama.
Funny Background Event: When Bradon's look is being praised during the Belk challenge he can be seen doing a hilariously bitchy "Oh my God" eye roll.
Hair-Trigger Temper: Essentially called out as such by Tim Gunn when he explodes at Bradon and Alexander as they're moving into the same room. The producers actually moved Ken to his own room because they feared what might happen if he was forced to live with the others, especially after what happened with Sandro.
Pet the Dog: Is surprisingly courteous to his fan during the Real Women challenge, a challenge traditionally known to cause trouble for the more drama-prone designers. He still wound up getting eliminated though.
Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stands up for Helen during her critique in the second episode by telling the judges she tried her hardest.
Jerkass Has a Point: When declared he was safe, Sandro interrupts the judges and asks for critique for his design, upset that he still is not giving them what they want to see from him. Despite the judges and other contestants berating him for being rude and that he should be 'thankful' to be safe, the designers are constantly told being safe is not a good thing, and Sandro's request for constructive feedback seems perfectly fair (Zac Posen just angrily insults Sandro's design, instead).
Malaproper: Isn't always sure he's using the right idiom, and at one point asks if anyone has a pin because "I need to sew my hookers."note He probably meant hooks
No Indoor Voice: To the point that Justin actually takes off his hearing aid when he's arguing with Ken.
Non-Gameplay Elimination: Although he got in the middle, he still questioned the judges, got into a screaming argument with Helen and Ken and left the building. The producers eventually tracked him down the next day and brought him back just long enough to apologize for his behavior before he formally left the competition.
Animal Motifs: Unicorns, as he proudly declares in his home visit.
Bigot vs. Bigot: From day one Miranda didn't like Timothy, also from Milwaukee like him, so by the 3rd challenge they end up in the same team. Drama-ensues.
Camp Gay: To the point he was standing next to his model wearing sparkly high heels while she was barefoot. Something the judges were not amused by.
Cloudcuckoolander: His entire concept for his first look, which involves not having his model wear any makeup to her visible irritation, not use any electricity in the production of the garment or to prep her hair, and to have her mime being bound as she goes down the runway (which she refuses to actually do on the runway minus a small motion at the end of the catwalk).
Granola Boy: Defines himself as a sustainable designer.
It then went to irritating levels when he refused to use makeup, electricity and burned synthetic material, which makes it far than sustainable.
Hypocrite: The judges tear him into regarding the above, since burning material like parachute fabric releases chemicals into the air and is not exactly eco friendly. Not to mention wearing (women's) shoes while his model isn't.
My Greatest Second Chance: Originally placing 7th, he wins the entire season this time around. Going into fashion week he even expressed nervousness at the fact that he was the only finalist who wasn't in the top 3 in his original season.
My Greatest ''Third'' Chance: Subverted. She placed in the bottom for the All-Stars episode, and got into the Final 3 for this season. Her rank dropped a notch compared to the original Season 3 and placed second runner up.
Joshua McKinley (season 9)
Hero-Worshipper: From all people, Josh was the one who squeed the most when he found out Wendy was in the show.
Josh: (making a toast) From one bitch to another!
Hidden Depths: Like the original season, Josh connected well with his client, being this was also his only win throughout the season.
My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted as he's the fourth to last to be eliminated, failing to reach the finale this time around.
Pet the Dog: Is very friendly with his season-mate Anthony Ryan. He also tries to tell Laura Kathleen not to let the others get to her when she expresses frustration at being seen as an outsider.
Rich Bitch: Even more pronounced than it was in her season. And the other designers resent her not because she comes from such a privileged background while most of them are struggling to get by, but because she can't seem to resist bringing it up in conversation.