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Characters: Project Runway
Due to the show having many contestants, this page is made to avoid overdosing the main page.

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    The Judges 

Heidi Klum

  • Benevolent Boss
  • Big Good
  • Buxom Is Better: As a Victoria's Secret model is comprehensible. It's also her first criticism at garment construction most of the time.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • "One day you're IN, the next day you're OUT"
    • "Auf Wiedersehen" to the eliminated designers.
  • Cool Teacher
  • Everyone Loves Blondes
  • Funny Foreigner: She also has her funny moments as a host, as a judge and when talking directly to a designer.
  • Gratuitous German: Besides her catchphrases, in season 3 Heidi asked Uli's mom about her dress in german.
  • Happily Married: Until 2012.
  • The Host
  • 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.
  • Red Baron: The Body.
  • Statuesque Stunner
  • Stern Teacher: When she needs to be.
  • Team Mom

Tim Gunn

  • A Father to His Men
  • 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.
  • Breakout Character
  • Catch Phrase: "Make it work".
  • Celibate Hero
  • 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.
  • Cool Old Guy
  • 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.
  • The Fashionista: He's the mentor, after all.
  • Harem Nanny: OK, so it's not exactly a Harem, and at that, it's a mixed one, but still, he definitely has the personality of one...
  • Indy Ploy: Invoked by Tim Gunn to the contestants. Hence, make it work.
  • Mentors
  • Major Injury Underreaction: One memorably showed up to talk to the the designers after "an altercation with a set of subway stairs" with four stitches without losing his usual cheerfulness.
  • Nice Guy
  • Only Sane Man
  • 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.
  • Stern Teacher
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Straight Gay
  • Team Dad
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's in charge of calling out designers who fall in this.

Michael Kors

  • Accentuate the Negative
  • Big "NO!": Michael Kors have a particularly memorable one, which while not too loud on the volume front, definitely had the emphasis of one.
  • Camp Gay
  • Cool Teacher: In season 1, all the designers agreed that he was the most fair of the judges and his critiques were mostly dead-on.
  • Cynical Mentor
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • 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.
  • Stern Teacher: Equally as snarky.

Nina Garcia

  • The Cameo: She appeared in one episode of Ugly Betty with Christian Siriano after season 4 was over.
  • Fan Nickname: Fans on the street even called Nina once "Meana Garzilla".
  • The Fashionista: Required since she's a fashion editor.
  • Gratuitous Spanish: In season 8, Nina translated in perfect spanish a question for Casanova.
  • One Judge to Rule Them All: Ostensibly averted, but Nina Garcia is widely regarded as the key to the judging panel.
  • Only Sane Woman: She has to argue with crack decisions and stubborn designers.
  • Stern Teacher: To the point many designers are afraid of her, and consequently whenever she praises a designer's look that designer's face is almost guaranteed to light up.

Zac Posen


    Season 1 

Jay McCarol

  • Always Second Best: During the whole competition Jay mostly landed in the Top 3, but never won a challenge. Averted in the Finale, because he won the entire season over Kara Saun.
  • The Atoner / Dark and Troubled Past: He used to work for a porn website before returning to fashion design, deciding to start making money the honest way.
  • Brutal Honesty: During the finals, Jay, Kara Saun and Wendy got into a big fight, with Jay dropping a big "Nobody likes you" at Wendy.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He seemed as a laid-back wacky character, but ended up as one of the best designers from the lot and winning the whole thing.
  • Camp Gay
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • In-Series Nickname: Kara Saun called him "Jaybird"
  • Looks Like Jesus: Played with. He let his hair down, wore his heart jersey and played the "Who wants to talk to Jesus?" gag to attract clients.
    Jay: Vote for Jaysus!
  • Real Men Wear Pink
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Manly Man next to Austin's Sensitive.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Jay even calls them "Pack of Saviors".
    • This is also why Jay bonded with Mario and got along well with Wendy's mother.
  • Trope Maker
  • UR Example
  • 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).

Kara Saun

Wendy Pepper

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • 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).
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: One has to wonder how she skated through eliminations....
    • Although (as Tom & Lorenzo pointed out) the biggest problem was that she was more of a dressmaker than a fashion designer, in a fashion designing competition.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends / Genre Savvy: She had an entire strategy to pose as a Team Mom from the beginning and then stay in the middle until the final three.
    • Even Jay lampshades this at one point.
      Jay: Wendy, This isn't Survivor!!
  • 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.
  • Messy Hair
  • 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.
  • Skunk Stripe
  • Villainous Breakdown: Has one when someone drew a mustache over her daughter's photo.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Thinks that she needed to scheme to win the show (like in Survivor or Big Brother). Unfortunately for her, it is also a talent competition for fashion designers.

Austin Scarlett

Robert Plotkin

Nora Caliguri

Alexandra Vidal

Kevin John

  • Two First Names
  • The Quiet One
  • 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.

Vanessa Riley

  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Critical Research Failure: In the interview (see Jerkass), Vanessa mentioned that she believed that Heidi wanted Project Runway to make it all about her. A little research would've revealed that Heidi had hosted Victoria's Secret shows in the past, had done TV work previously (and avoided the Spotlight-Stealing Squad) and also runs Germany's Next Top Model (which came after Project Runway).
  • The Mean Brit: In the contestants' side.
  • Jerkass: In the reunion episode she stormed off after Nora and Jay confronted her about a interview where she insulted the others calling them "make clothes for their grandmothers"
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: How she closed the discussion during the Reunion episode.
  • Sore Loser: See Jerkass above.
  • 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.

Daniel Franco

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very good tailor, but tends to bounce and dance around his dressform and talk about happiness and bliss.
  • Camp Straight
  • The Dandy
  • For Happiness: His motto was "Follow your bliss".
  • Good Is Not Dumb: He'll not remain quiet if someone is being a jerkass, immediately calling him out. He also questioned Wendy about her behavior during the reunion.
  • Serious Business: His first approach on the first day. Instead of enjoying the welcome party, he started to take his model's measures.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: As the first eliminated.

Starr Ilzhoefer

Mario Cadenas

  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He is a capable designer, but his only garments in the competition included a wrapped curtain shower made in 15 minutes and a cotton tube dress.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: Was this with Jay in the first episodes, and became Smoke-Buddies for the cigarette breaks. His elimination shook Jay enough to step up his game.
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Straight Gay

The Models

Yes, because they were in the competition as well.
  • Blondes Are Crazy: Morgan. Jay jokingly says Morgan was planted by evil producers and refers to her as "The Model from Hell".
  • Birds of a Feather: Jay says he and Julia clicked because of their personalities and art inclinations.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Morgan is a great walker, which is the reason why she stayed longer despite being terribly unprofessional.
  • The Cameo: Morgan appeared in season 5 as one of Kenley's model. All of the finalists recognize her at the model casting session.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Morgan.
    • In a minor level, Julia requested from Austin a very crazy bride gown that landed him in the Bottom 3.
  • Drama Queen: Morgan, she was the one who actually started the first drama in the entire series (by being late on the first runway show).
    • Olga in the wedding dress challenge.
  • Genki Girl: Martinique. She jumped every time she got chosen.
  • Hidden Depths: Julia is a Graphic Designer.
  • Improbable Age: Melissa, who is the most seductive of the models, and shockingly 16 at that time.
  • In-Series Nickname: Jay called Morgan "Morganza".
  • It's All About Me: Some of them, specially Morgan and Olga (according to the designers).
  • Meaningful Name: According to Melissa, her middle name is "Rose", so she had to have a bride gown with roses in it, which truncated Nora for the challenge.
  • Meganekko: Joy.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Although all the models were attractive, Melissa is the most prominent, after the show she was featured in Sports Illustrated as well.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Martinique and Josiane.
  • Spotlight-Stealing Squad: Morgan for the first half, who arguably get the same amount of screen time as the designers.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Julia.
  • Stripperiffic: Josiane had to wear Wendy's "Candy hooker" bikini from the first challenge.
    • Morgan had a walk topless (with nothing but paint) from the first challenge.
  • Younger than They Look: Melissa. Nobody could believe she was 16 if Austin didn't make it clear she was having "grape juice and ginger ale" at a bar party.
    • Also Audrey, who was 17 at the time.


    Season 2 

Chloe Dao

Daniel Vosovic

Santino Rice

Andrae Gonzalo

Nick Verreos

  • Breakout Character: He's the most featured former contestant in general media.
    • He hosted ice skating shows.
    • Designed Brenda Strong's red carpet dress from his Nikki Hilton challenge garment.
    • Is part of many of the audition castings for the new Project Runway seasons.
    • He was featured blogger for many of the show's seasons at the official site.
  • Camp Gay
  • Cool Uncle
  • Cool Teacher: He teaches at FIDM.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He won a Barbie challenge and the outfit made for him by Chloe for the makeover challenge had a pink-back vest and pink shirt, and he looked awesome in it.
  • Shocking Elimination: Many believed firmly he was going to be in the Final Three.

Diana Eng

Kara Janx

  • Cool Hat / Author Appeal: If she can, she would make a hat for her outfits. She almost lost her sketch time just to look for her Barbie's hat in the toy store.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • The Stoner: Played for laughs in the flower challenge, where she commented it was a waste having all that grass and not smoke it.

Zulema Griffin

  • Brutal Honesty:
    • 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.
  • Gollum Made Me Do It: Season 2's Zulema had an alter ego in Shatangi.
  • Hide Your Lesbians: All the parts were she told the others about her wife were edited.
  • Hot-Blooded: Especially in Shatangi mode.
  • Sassy Black Woman
  • Scary Black Woman: In Shatangi mode.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She used to work as a model.
  • Straight Gay: Even without the editing, you wouldn't suspect she has a wife.

Marla Duran

Guadalupe Vidal

Emmett McCarthy

Daniel Franco

  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He's a very good taylor, but he tends to bounce and dance around his dressform and talk about happiness and bliss.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: During the Ligerie Challenge, Daniel Franco stepped in to confront verbally Santino when his and Nina's bickering got to shouting levels.
  • Camp Straight
  • The Dandy
  • Good Is Not Dumb: He'll not remain quiet if someone is being a jerkass, immediately calling him out. In this season, he stepped up to confront Santino from being verbally aggresive to Nina.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today? / Girlfriend in Canada: In Confession Cam, Raymundo says he doesn't believe Daniel Franco is straight because he keeps bringing up a "girlfriend" and says "If the boy says he's straight, leave the boy think that".
  • For Happiness: He rarely was not happy around the set.
    I'm Daniel Franco and I wish you bliss.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He returned after being eliminated first in Season 1.
  • Nice Guy: As leader in the Team Challenge, he took the blame to save Chloe and Kara from elimination, even thought they were ready to push him under the bus.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, there was also Daniel Vosovic.

John Wade

  • Camp Gay
  • Formerly Fat: He slimmed down during the time between his elimination and the reunion show.

Heidi Standridge

Kirsten Ehrig

  • 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.

Raymundo Baltazar

The Models

Yes, because they were in the competition as well.
  • Hidden Depths: Grace is a professional illustrator.
  • Out of Focus: Except for the Rachel-Tara-Zulema drama, this season the models weren't shown having interaction with the designers that much.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Grace was the tallest from them all.


    Season 3 

Jeffrey Sebelia

  • The Bad Guy Wins
  • Bigot vs. Bigot: Jeffrey and Angela had a large feud, specially when Jeffrey started to bicker with Angela's mom.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol, and once attempted suicide.
  • Hidden Depths: Aside of his jerkass moments, he loves his son, so much that his neck tattoo is his son's name.
  • Jerk Ass: He holds the distinction of being the only contestant to make a fellow contestant's mother cry.
  • Power Tattoo
  • Zipperiffic: He seems fond of decorative zippers on his designs.

Uli Herzner

Laura Bennett

Mychael Knight

Kayne Gillaspie

Robert Best

Malan Breton

Keith Michael

  • The Ace: He almost became a Teacher's Pet when his pieces looked well made for a menswear designer, until...
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Pattern books (which were against the rules) were found under his bed and it was reported he went out of the dorms to an unknown location.

Vincent Libretti

Angela Keslar

Alison Kelly

Stacey Estrella

Katherine Gerdes

Bonnie Dominguez

  • Genki Girl: Her audition tape included her morning jog.

Bradley Baumkirchner

The Models


    Season 4 

Carmen Webber

Chris March

Christian Siriano

  • Anime Hair
  • The Cameo: He and Nina Garcia appeared in one episode of Ugly Betty after season 4 was over.
  • Camp Gay
  • Catch Phrase: "Fierce" and "Hot mess".
  • Deadpan Snarker:
    "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
  • Fun Size: He's only 5'4
  • It's All About Me: "I'm kind of a celebrity... In my own head."
  • Improbable Age: The youngest of the cast (21)
  • Nerd Glasses
  • N-Word Privileges: Averted: some GLBT viewers complained about his frequent use of the word "tranny".

Elisa Jimenez

Jack Mackenroth

Jillian Lewis

Kevin Christiana

  • 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".
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: He actually is, and wants everyone to know that.

Kit Pistol

Marion Lee

Ricky Lizalde

  • Camp Gay
  • Fragile Flower
  • 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.

Rami Kashou

Sweet P

  • Biker Babe
  • Foil: When paired with Elisa, she had to be the Straight Girl in the team and constantly got surprised by her quirks (especially the "Spit mark").
  • Nice Girl: She claims she has a nasty side she calls "Mean P", but we never see it.
  • Raised Catholic: Tells the teenagers from the Prom challenge she was in a catholic school and jokingly warns them "This is your future, girls".

Simone Le Blanc

Steven Rosengard

  • Camp Gay
  • 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.

Victorya Hong

  • 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.
  • Ice Queen
    • Also was the theme for her Hershey's dress, saying she intended her model to look like an "Ice Princess", includding a stiff walk.
  • My Nayme Is: Victorya
  • The Stoic
    • 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.


    Season 5 

Leanne Marshall

Korto Momolu

Kenley Collins

Jerrel Scott

Suede

Wesley Nault

Daniel Feld

Joe Faris

Terri Stevens

Stella Zotis

Kelli Martin

Blaine Walsh

Keith Bryce

Jerry Tam

Emily Brandle

Jennifer Diederich

  • Girly Girl: Many of her designs and personal style were this.

The Models


    Season 6 

Irina Shabayeva

Althea Harper

Carol Hannah Whitfield

Gordana Gehlhausen

Christopher Straub

Logan Neitzel

Nicolas Putvinski

Shirin Askari

Rodney Epperson

Louise Black

Ari Fish

Malvin Vien

Mitchell Hall

  • The Scrappy: Only between the models, the designers on the other hand got along very well with him, even they played and joked together while working. invoked
    • From the models point of view, his will be going home anytime soon. Plus the fact that designers hardly changes their models made them resent him.

Qristyl Frazier

Johnny Sakalis

  • Blatant Lies: Not only he invented an excuse about an iron ruining his first dress, he also added that the first dress was a Dior. Promptly, Nicolas rolls eyes at this.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He was a recovering drug addict.
  • Never My Fault: He gave up on his dress and tried to make up an excuse for it. When it didn't work, he tried to blame Tim for discouraging him from his original design.
  • Volleying Insults: Had briefly this with Nicolas on the runway, after Nicholas put him on evidence during his excuse.

Ra'mon Lawrence Coleman

The Models

This season started the "Models of the Runway segment", which gave the girls more camera time and more Character Development as well.

    Season 7 

Seth Aaron Henderson

Emilio Sosa

Mila Hermanovski

Jay Nicholas Sario

  • 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.
  • Camp Gay
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Squee

Anthony Williams

  • Camp Gay
  • Keet: During the workshop, the other designers made bets about how much time Anthony could be quiet. He didn't last more than 15 minutes.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Brought back from elimination after Maya forfeit.
  • Sassy Black Queen
  • 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.
  • Sweet Home Alabama

Ping Wu

Maya Luz

Christiane King

Pamela Ptak

Jesus Estrada

Anna Lynett

Janeane Marie Ceccanti

  • Fragile Flower: Cries in the first minute of the first episode of the season.

Jesse LeNoir

  • Brutal Honesty: He had to be blunt with Ping about her design not working for the challenge and also calling her out for not accepting his suggestions. The viewers still Misblamed him for the elimination.
  • Camp Straight
  • Designated Villain: Invoked. His whole drama with Ping, even though he was just trying to save their team by questioning Ping's decisions.
  • Only Sane Man: When paired with Ping. Too bad the viewers blamed Ping's elimination on him.

Ben Chmura

Amy Sarabi

Jonathan Peters

The Models

Last season of "Models of the Runway" segment.
  • Canada, Eh?: Brandise
  • Friend to All Living Things: Brandise describes herself as "I get along better with animals than other people".
  • Girl Posse: By the last three weeks, the models divided in two groups: The Older girls (Kristina, Brandise and Cerri) vs. the younger girls (Lorena, Brittany and Monique)
  • Hidden Depths: Alison plays the guitar and sings.
  • Hot-Blooded: Cerri.
  • Im Not Hereto Make Friends: Alexis.
  • Jerkass:
    • 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 Faade 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.
  • Nice Girl: Lorena, Brittany and Alison.
  • 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.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Brandise
  • Reality TV Show Apartment
  • Retroactive Recognition: Lorena was one of the models for Season 5's Joe's decoy collection.
  • Stripperiffic: Holly had to use a metal bikini because Emilio run out of enough material for a dress. The styling didn't help at all.
    • The worst part was that after the challenge, Emilio switched models and chose Monique instead.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Monique.
  • Statuesque Stunner: Holly was the tallest of the group.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Brandise.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: Alexis kept saying she was "playing the game", by applying the same approach as Wendy Pepper in Season 1. Needless to say that all her "mind games" (which, by the way, only consisted on annoying the other girls about who will get out of the house next) didn't have anything to do with the actual process, since the designers were the ones who chose who stayed anyway.

    Season 8 

Gretchen Jones

  • The Bad Guy Wins: Many viewers saw her victory over Mondo as a case of this.
  • Broken Bird: By the time of the show, Gretchen was through a bad break-up with her ex-boyfriend and was nearly broke, to the point Tim's visit was on the day she was about to get evicted from her house.
  • Control Freak: Right when a Team Challenge was announced, the other team already knew Gretchen was going to take over, even when there weren't going to be leaders at all.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Designated Villain: The editing was not subtle about this, cue to the "bitch" tiara on the table shot for one challenge. invoked
  • Fan Nickname: Wretchen.
  • Granola Girl: She is a sustainable designer.
  • It's All About Me / Small Name, Big Ego:
    • In Confession Cams, she said her work was so good that the others would have to up their game just to catch up to hers.
    • When Mondo revealed his backstory in the print challenge, Gretchen said "she was glad being present to form part of this revelation".
  • Jerk Ass: She was always making everything about herself, and in the Team Challenge she contradicted herself in the same episode by putting the blame on Michael Costello and invoking a Never My Fault, right after she said all the pieces were her babies and a team collaboration that got under her editing.
  • 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.
  • Statuesque Stunner: She was the talles female from the cast.

Mondo Guerra

Andy South

Michael Costello

April Johnston

Christopher Collins

Valerie Mayen

  • Always Second Best: At one point she got frustrated about not winning a challenge. This ended up affecting her overall performance.
  • Broken Ace: She started getting good reviews from the judges until the last half of the competition.
  • Genki Girl
  • Nice Girl

Ivy Higa

  • Beta Bitch: If Gretchen was sort of the "Alpha Bitch", Ivy was always backing her up, and even being more active at bitching against Michael Costello.
  • Break the Haughty: She started boasting about her skills and taste nd that Project Runway would be "The Ivy Show". She placed in the bottom most of the time.
  • Conflict Ball: She accused Michael Costello of: 1. Telling the customers to not vote for her and 2. Of cheating for the Jackie Kennedy challenge several weeks after that. All that went nowhere, since there was no footage about this (if it was true, then it was a wasted drama material for the producers).
  • Fan Nickname: Poison Ivy.
  • Jerk Ass: She spent most of her time bitching about Michael Costello cheating and controlling Michael Drummond's process over her design instead of leaving him work alone.

Michael Drummond

Carlos Casanova

Peach Carr

A.J. Thouvenot

  • Adorkable
  • Nervous Wreck: He hyterically refused to help Casanova with a pattern (Casanova was only asking him about how to cut the pattern, while AJ was "I'm not going to make your pattern for you!!").
    • In the Unconventional Material challenge, he succumbed under the pressure, since everyone kept saying "he had it on the bag". Promptly, this only stressed him more.

Kristin Haskins Simms

Sarah Trost

Nicholas D'Aurizio

Jason Troisi

  • Jerkass: Everything that came out of his mouth in episode 2.
  • Never My Fault: Blamed Tim, the judges and his model instead of recognizing he did a shitty dress.

McKell Maddox


    Season 9 

Anya Ayoung-Chee

  • Hidden Depths: Was Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2008.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Again. Beauty Queen.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Although it wasn't intentional on her part, she got a lot of help in the workroom (Laura helped her sewing, Anthony gave her money after she lost hers, etc), and she didn't have to do anything in return. She even denied help to Josh after all this.
  • 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.

Joshua McKinley

  • Camp Gay
  • Drama Queen: Overreacts and gets into verbal confrontations at the slightest criticism.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite being a drama queen towards team challenges, he was very nice and emphatic with his clients for the Real-Women challenges.
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerk Ass
  • 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.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: Josh M's rant during the HP challenge in Season 9. He WILL. NOT. HAVE IT! BERT!
  • Smug Snake: During the team challenges, bossed Becky around, head-butted with Bert and made himself team-leader in non-leader team-ups.

Viktor Luna

Kimberly Goldson

Bert Keeter

  • Cool Old Guy: At the beginning and right after he grew out of his Jerkass phase.
    • Also Heidi was clearly rooting for him during the run of the show.
  • Dark and Troubled Past
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He seemed to get along very well with Olivier. When Bert didn't notice Olivier was right next to him, Bert predicted he would be in the Top 3.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Had his moments of both.
  • Nobody over 50 Is Gay: Averted. He's the first middle-aged gay contestant in the show.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Arguably occurred once he began to open up to his fellow competitors.
  • Worthy Opponent: Despite disastrously antagonistic team challenges with Anthony Ryan and Viktor, he has cited them as good designers who deserved to benefit from their exposure on the show.

Olivier Green

Anthony Ryan Auld

  • Disability Superpower: He is colorblind. The judges praised a lot his color taste during the competition.
  • Keet
  • 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.
  • Two First Names

Laura Kathleen

Bryce Black

Cecilia Motwani

  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: She had a lot of bromantic interactions with Julie, given that Julie was the only one in the workroom Cecilia got along well with.
    • Right after Julie was eliminated, Cecilia pretty much threw the towel and left the show.
  • Jerkass
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination
  • Sore Loser: After placing in the bottom 3 in one challenge, she decided to forfit from the show.

Joshua Christensen

Rafael Cox

Fallene Wells

Julie Tierney

  • Cool Board: In her audition tape, she makes a skateboard jump.
  • Genki Girl
  • The Pollyanna: Her workroom at home is barely furnished, she needs the prize money and she was still in good mood after being eliminated.

Danielle Everine

Becky Ross

  • Extreme Doormat: To the point she let Josh boss her around and had to redo a skirt three times just to please him.

    Season 10 

Alicia Hardesty

  • 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.

Andrea Katz

Beatrice Guapo

Buffi Jashanmal

Christopher Palu

  • Bigot vs. Bigot: He and Gunnar.
  • Broken Pedestal: At first he was thrilled to work with Andrea, but by the end of the Lexus challenge he was close to crying.
  • Drama Queen / Fragile Flower: He looked like crying most of the time.
  • It's All About Me: Tends to talk about every drama on the show about himself.
  • Men Don't Cry: Subverted, he's close to flat out crying for almost all of the third episode while he's on the runway.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: His reaction to Andrea leaving the competition in the middle of the night, and believes that it's because of what he said to the judges about her.

Dmitry Sholokhov

Elena Slivnyak

Fabio Costa

  • Dumpster Dive: He mentions in his demo reel that he doesn't shop for groceries. He just goes to the market's back alley and takes the discarded cans, defining himself as a "Freegan".
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Or at least past the judges and Tim Gunn, during the print challenge. He cheerfully let the audience know.
  • Nice Guy
  • 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.
  • Straight Gay: Although it alternated with Camp Gay every once in a while.

Gunnar Deatherage

  • Awesome McCoolname: Yes, that's really his name.
  • Bigot vs. Bigot: He and Christopher.
  • Broken Bird: Tried to pull this card for the print challenge, saying the "birds" represented his bullied childhood. Judges eliminated him anyway.
  • Camp Gay
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: In Season 9, he had his hair longer and brown. By this season he dyed half his hair blong, got a new haircut and grew out more his beard.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: Has one half of his bangs dyed blond while the other is his natural color.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his earlier behavior, episode 6 shows that he honestly cares about his client and builds a great relationship with her.
    • He also went out of his way to be nice to Ven's client Terri, according to Terri herself.
  • Keet: To the point of making Season 9's Anthony Ryan look calm in comparison.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He got selected again after being eliminated in the pre-selection in season 9.
  • 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...
  • Smug Snake: Initially acted like this until around episode 6.

Kooan Kosuke

Lantie Foster

  • Fantastic Time Management: heavily averted during the second challenge. She begins her (heavily ambitious) project, but ditches it partway through which leads to....
  • 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.
    • To be fair, while a few other contestants used clothlike materials (Buffi, Dimitri, Andrea), those contestants made a heck of a lot more effort than she did and were saved by their innovation and efforts to actually make something wearable and (in most cases) fashionable from candy. (Buffi made the top, Dimitri made the hand-beaded skirt and Andrea had a candy dot apron)

Melissa Fleis

Nathan Paul

Raul Osorio

  • Fan Nickname: "Eddie Munster", because of his exaggerated widow's peak. Elena also disparagingly referred to him by this name, suggesting at least one of his peers was on the same wavelength.
  • Not Quite Saved Enough: Gets brought back into the competition after Andrea and Kooan leave, and while he wasn't eliminated that week he was the following week.
  • Sore Loser

Sonjia Williams

  • The Cutie
  • 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.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Literally, and her audition tape shows that she dyed it recently.
    • Blue also seemed to come up quite a bit for her in the competition (among her garments, she made a blue baby outfit and used blue lollies for her candy dress)

Ven Budhu

  • 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.
  • Humiliation Conga: From episode 6 onwards things go downhill very fast.
  • Jerkass: In episode 6, Ven constantly complained about his client's figure. The other designers were horrified.
    • Never My Fault: Even after the show, Ven still tweeted how the show set him up with that client, showing he didn't learn anything.
  • 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.
    • It should be noted that many of his pieces were sleeveless and/or strapless in some way.
  • The Stoic

    Season 11 

Amanda Valentine

Benjamin March

  • Dark and Troubled Past: Was in an abusive relationship prior to the series, and still has issues because of it.

Cindy Marlatt

Daniel Esquivel

  • Badass Mustache: His mustache is one of the first things the other designers comment on when they meet him.
  • Camp Gay
  • The Dandy
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Due to being bullied at school, Daniel used to be an alcoholic and drug addict.
  • 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.

Emily Pollard

  • 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.

James Martinez

Joseph Aaron Segal

Kate Pankoke

  • Control Freak: Refers to herself as this.
  • Genki Girl
  • Fiery Redhead
  • 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.

Layana Aguilar

Matthew Arthur

  • Apologizes a Lot: And this ultimately gets him eliminated, since while Michelle was also in the bottom she still stuck by her look.

Michelle Lesniak Franklin

  • 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.

Patricia Michaels

  • 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.
  • Career Versus Man
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her waist and is frequently braided.
  • Technician Versus Performer: Played with. While she's the "technician" in the sense of making many of her own textiles her general aesthetic moves more towards the "performer" side.

Richard Hallmarq

  • Bald of Awesome
  • Camp Gay
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The man can do amazing things with jersey knit. Unfortunately this comes at the cost of just about everything else.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: After Stanley picks Layana over him he takes the gold duck tape seemingly just to spite him, since he'd been sure he'd be picked. The other designers also comment on it.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: His garments are described as such by the other designers.
  • 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.

Samantha Black

  • 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.
  • Nice Girl

Stanley Hudson

  • Control Freak: Referred to as such by the judges. In the finale this bites him in the butt because he has tons of work left to do and doesn't really follow the judge's critiques.
  • Eating the Eye Candy: Subverted, during the "Thunder from Down Under" challenge when the dancers come out the camera focuses on Daniel and Richard grinning like kids in a candy store. Stanley on the other hand looks apprehensive or even horrified.
  • 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.

Tu Suthiwat Nakchat

  • 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.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Lists Sailor Moon and Legally Blonde as two of his favories.
  • The Quiet One
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Or in his case, ducks. When Heidi has a duck on stage to introduce a challenge he's visibly uncomfortable and explains that he once had a duck chase him.

    Season 12 

Alexander Pope

Alexandria von Bromssen

  • Dumb Blond: Averted. Alexandria said she hated her modeling career because she wanted to go to school and have a brain.
  • Friend to All Children: In her home visit, she shows her studio "Camp Couture", where she teaches children how to saw. For her final collection, her guests are two of her alumns.
  • The Quiet One: Talks very slowly, possibly due to English being her second language.
  • Statuesque Stunner

Angela Bacskocky

  • Bi the Way: Subverted. She said she went through her "Lesbian Phase" and then discovered she wasn't after all.

Bradon McDonald

Dom Streater

  • 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.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • Nice Girl: Often seemed to be actively avoiding fights in the workroom.

Helen Castillo

  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her general appearance, and she even says that the clothes she makes are not what you'd expect from her.
  • Determinator: Even after getting reamed by the judges for her failed gown in the second episode declares that she's going to keep making them until the day she dies.
  • Femme Fatalons: The pointy kind.
  • Fragile Flower: According to the other designers, since she was constantly looking for reassurance about the direction she was taking her designs, much to their irritation.
    • Suicidal Overconfidence: In odd combination with the above, since she would often alternate rapidly between the two.
  • Jerkass:
  • Lad-ette: Tattooed, foul-mouthed, and very blunt.
  • 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.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin

Jeremy Brandrick

  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is rather nice, but he still can happily trash his competitor's garments in the confession cam.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He almost had a run against Alexandria for the most trash-talk in the confessional cam about the other designers.
  • But Not Too White: Pokes fun at himself for being a "typical Brit" who burns easily when he winds up sunburned after the field day challenge.
  • Happily Married: He and his husband have twin babies.
  • Straight Gay
  • Team Dad: Falls into this role almost without meaning to, possibly because he's a dad in real life.

Justin LeBlanc

  • Disability Superpower: He is deaf. The "superpower" part is because he's claims he's not too worried about the workroom drama since if it gets too bad he can just turn his hearing aid off. Which he does at one point when Ken and Sandro are arguing.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: He's deaf, but it's downplayed, only coming up in a couple of episodes.
  • Lifelines: He's the recipient of the "Tim Gunn Save" after Tim decides that his elimination was too soon.
  • Manly Tears: He shed these when he was eliminated and again during the challenge in which he managed to retool his own dress.
  • Nice Guy: One of the few designers that all of the others truly like, even Ken.
  • Nice Hat: Almost always seem wearing a flat cap, even at home, possibly because of both his hearing aid and because he's balding.
  • Retool: During one of the challenges later on in the season, he was given the opportunity to retool a losing garment from earlier on in the season. He chose his own dress that originally would have got him eliminated had it not been for the Tim Gun Rescue.
  • Straight Gay: In addition to being deaf he's also gay, though you probably wouldn't be able to tell until he says something about it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After the "Tim Gunn Save" he started doing better in challenges. He also seemed to reflect better on his designs (see Retool) and was able to determine where he had gone wrong.

Kahindo Mateene

Karen Batts

Ken Laurence

  • 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.
  • Camp Gay
  • City Mouse: Says that even though people think he's a Country Mouse because he's from the South he actually hates the outdoors, though he winds up enjoying their camping trip more than he expected.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has been homeless several times.
  • Drama Queen
  • 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.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerkass: Mostly towards Sue.
  • 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.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Pink shirt included.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black and gay, though on the "gay" part he may not be in the minority on this show.

Miranda Kay Levy

  • Bigot vs. Bigot: From day one she didn't like Timothy, also from Milwaukee like her, so by the 3rd challenge they end up in the same team. Drama-ensues.
  • Heroic BSOD: During the Coney Island challenge, and verbally lashes out at Timothy, not caring that he's in the room and can hear her.
  • Military Brat: She served in the army and as the parental figure for her brother.

Sandro Masmanidi

  • Brutal Honesty: He's the first to tell Timothy to stop trying to explain to the judges his "sustainable philosophy" because they don't care. Of course others had to translate this in "clean" language.
  • Drama Queen
  • Funny Foreigner: He's Russian, but his name can make it a bit hard to tell.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerkass
    • 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 
  • 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.
  • Porn Stache
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Notably drops a Cluster F-Bomb in his home tour video.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!

Sue Waller

  • Fantastic Time Management: Inverted with one challenge, where she was still sewing a contestant into the garment backstage.
  • The Ditz: Did not have a lot of experience with a sewing machine.

Timothy Westbrook

  • 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.
  • Keet
  • Soapbox Sadie: The other designers' opinion of his behavior in the first episode.

Kate Pankoke

  • Control Freak: And she actually delights in the fact that unlike last season she's on her own rather than having to work with a team every challenge.
  • Fiery Redhead
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Got chosen to return to the show via voting, but ultimately subverted when she was eliminated again.

    All-Stars Special 
This All-Stars was premiered as a pre-season 6.

Daniel Vosovic:

Korto Momolu

Chris March

Sweet P

Mychael Knight

Uli Herzner

  • Crack Defeat: Her collection was a big step-up from her flowy-beach dresses. The judges placed her in the bottom 4, thought.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. She got eliminated with all the Bottom 4.

Santino Rice

  • Glory Days: Tried hard to being the Comic Relief of the cast again. Didn't turn out well, instead annoying everyone in the room.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. Placed in the Bottom 4.

Jeffrey Sebelia

    All-Stars Judges and Mentor 

Angela Lindvall (Season 1 host)

Joanna Coles (Mentor)

Joanna served as guest judge since season 7. In All Stars, the Fashion Editor has moved to the mentor area, leaving the judges panel composed by the host and designers.

Izaac Mizrahi

Georgina Chapman

Carolyn Murphy (Season 2 host)

Alyssa Milano (Season 3 host)

Zanna Roberts Rassi (Season 3 mentor)

It was announced that Zanna would be the mentor for this season.

    All-Stars 

Mondo Guerra (season 8)

Austin Scarlett (season 1)

Michael Costello (season 8)

Kenley Collins (season 5)

Mila Hermanovski (season 7)

Rami Kashou (season 4)

April Johnston (season 8)

Gordana Gehlhausen (season 6)

Jerrel Scott (season 5)

Anthony Williams (season 7)

Elisa Jimenez (season 4)

Sweet P (season 4)


    All-Stars 2 

Anthony Ryan Auld (season 9)

  • Disability Superpower: He is colorblind.
  • Keet
  • 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.
  • Nice Guy
  • Ill Boy: Prior to the competition, he had (and survived) testicular cancer.

Emilio Sosa (season 7)

Uli Herzner (season 3)

  • Funny Foreigner
  • 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.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: So far isn't nearly as much of a Jerkass as he was in his season.

Ivy Higa (season 8)

  • My Greatest Second Chance: In season 8, Ivy was mostly in the bottom or just in, only scoring top 3 once and placed 8th. In this season, Ivy got in the Top 3 three times straight and finished 5th.
  • She's Got Legs: She's the only female contestant wearing hotpants for the promo pictures.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: She's determined to redeem herself from the Jerkass path from season 8.
  • We Work Well Together: Turns out that after the show, Ivy became Casanova's boss, getting along very well as coworkers and competitors.

Laura Kathleen (season 9)

  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted.
  • 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.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: Seemingly, though it was hard to tell if this was the result of selective editing.
      • Even Josh, from all people, was trying to help her to be less bitchy around the others.

Carlos Casanova (season 8)

Althea Harper (season 6)

Kayne Gillaspie (season 3)

Andrae Gonzalo (season 2)

Suede (season 5)

Wendy Pepper (season 1)

  • Genre Savvy: Is now more aware that it's not a game, rather a talent show.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted.
  • Team Mom: She got especially close with Suede. The others still saw her as "The Old Villain"
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to her first appearance she's mellowed out considerably, and admits she has quite a reputation from her first time on the show.

Peach Carr (season 8)


    All-Stars 3 
Cast confirmed on September 5th of 2013

Ari South (season 8)

Christopher Palu (season 10)

Daniel Esquivel (season 11)

Elena Slivnyak (season 10)

  • Hot-Blooded: Althought she says she has it under control now, the others are counting for another meltdown.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Placed 6th in her original season, ended by placing 3rd with the most Top 3 in the season (though she only won one challenge)

Irina Shabayeva (season 6)

  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. She won her season.
  • Shocking Elimination: Even though her elimination was justified (as her dress ripped off at her final challenge), a people still thinks that she should have been to the Final 3

Jeffrey Sebelia (season 3)

  • My Greatest ''Third'' Chance: Subverted double time. He won the original season 3, but placed and was eliminated in the All-Stars especial.

Korto Momolu (season 5)

Melissa Fleis (season 10)

Mychael Knight (season 3)

  • My Greatest ''Third'' Chance: Subverted double time. He placed 4th in the original season 3, but placed and was eliminated in the All-Stars especial.

Seth Aaron Henderson (season 7)

Viktor Luna (season 9)


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