Characters: Project Runway

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    The Judges 

Heidi Klum

  • Benevolent Boss
  • Big Good
  • Boring but Practical: Compared to other judges, she focuses on the wearability on the fashion design.
  • Buxom Is Better: Expected as a former Victoria's Secret model. However, it's also usually her first criticism at garment construction.
  • 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, he was originally hired just as an offscreen consultant to the show until the producers noticed how well he got along with the designers and decided to have him appear on screen. And 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: "Well since leaving you only a few hours ago I had an altercation with a set of subway stairs, a trip to the emergency room, and four stitches. But I'm here for you!" Says Tim in his usual Tim Gunn cheerfulness with three deep cuts on his face.
  • 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: Tends toward hilarious descriptions such as "she looks like a pole dancer in Dubai" or "this looks like a Handi-Wipe gone wrong".
  • 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
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Michael Kors catch-all phrase for any particularly raunchy outfit. Sometimes couched in a film reference, as in "She looks like Shirley MacLaine in Irma La Douce".
  • 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

  • Accentuate the Negative: Is prone to this, but without the humour.
  • 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
  • Genre Savvy: When Kara Saun and Wendy got into a big fight in the finale, Jay decided that he should stay out of it so that he can be more focused. which didn't work, since he got into the fight as well
  • 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.
  • Signature Style: Most of his designs consists of shredded layers of graduated colors
  • 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
  • Can't Catch Up: One of the few things that she was aware about was that she knew Jay and Kara Saun are more skilled and innovative than her.
  • Fashion-Victim Villain: Invoked even by the other designers. 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!!
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villian: Due to her "tactics" never really screw people, since the judges (and the producers) are the ones that decides who should be auf. Still, it's enough to alienated all the other contestants
  • Irony: She is the person that directly eliminated Morgan so that she might be on good graces with the other designers. After this episode, it's now apparent that she became anger target No.1 from the other designers due to her own actions.
    • And despite most of her designs being extremely unoriginal, her 2 wins she got arguably gave the most publicity.
  • 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

  • Camp Gay
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Crippling Overspecialization: Great at creating vintage, couture design, at the cost of everything else.
  • The Dandy
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: When Jay's model couldn't make it, Austin filled for her... And he looked fabulous (and it's worth mentioning that Jay's outfit was the most butch he has ever looked).
  • Irony: The Wedding challenge was one of his worst entry in his series. After the show, Austin was hired by Amsalenote  as Head Designer for Kenneth Pool Bridal.
  • Nice Guy
  • Pretty Boy
  • Really 700 Years Old: One running joke is that he is really from the eighteenth century.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Sensitive next to Jay's Manly Man.
  • Signature Style: Couture and Victorian-inspired dresses.
  • 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).

Robert Plotkin

  • Brainless Beauty: How the others jokingly describe him. At one point, Jay described him as "Horny Monkey-dog".
  • Butt Monkey[/]The Chew Toy: Even Wendy was considered to be a better designer than him.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Tried to impress Alexandra doing bars on the street. Didn't work at all.
  • The Charmer: He talked his way to the final five, relying mostly on his charm and good looks.
  • Chivalrous Pervert
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Nice Guy: He was the only one the remaining designers who didn't voice any attack towards Wendy and got along with everyone.
  • Just Friends: With Alexandra, according to her confession cam.
  • Mr. Fanservice: We get A LOT of shots of Rob in underwear. And also one take of his naked butt.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: For the last challenge, he is brought back as "technical support". All the four remaining knew it was the same as "no-help at all", since Rob's sewing skills were average, and he was only there to fill space, goof around and drink their beer supply.
  • Tagalong Kid: Kara Saun and Jay said he was this because of his lack of skills, so he only served as a tag-along.

Nora Caliguri

Alexandra Vidal

Kevin John

  • Two First Names
  • The Quiet One
  • The Scapegoat: Was accused by Jay for vandalizing Wendy's photo (that shows Wendy's child). Later in an interview, he admit that it was his doing.
  • 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: Was definitely bitter about her loss, and admitted that she had never watched the show except for the first episode.
  • Too Dumb to Live: When all the designers were asked who should go home, Vanessa had a verbal diarrhea and chose herself, saying she was the worst sewer of the group. She promptly regretted saying that to the judges.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: In the reunion show.

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 Evil: 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.
  • Cuteand Psycho: Morgan was jokingly referred by the others to be this, since despite having a killer walk, was very unpredictable and crazy.
  • 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.
  • Foreshadowing: In the first episode, Morgan arrived late because her former model agency has dropped her, despite showing a great walk after that. As the season went on, they might have made a good choice.
  • 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).
  • Jerkass
    • Morgan in general. Most notable example was when she ripped Kevin's garment after insisting she could go with it on, with only an "Oops" about it. When Kevin confronted her, Morgan had the ovaries to get attitudinal about it.
    • Olga. According to the designers she was nasty, vain and difficult to work with.
  • 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.
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels: Olga. She requested Kevin a wedding gown with diamonds in the carseat.
  • 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. Basically, she's practically the first respond for a fan when talking about models in Project Runway.
  • 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

  • Disappointed In You: His finale collection disappointed everyone and the judges, who expected better from him. It's so bad that the term "Vosovic'd"note  derived from him.
  • Nice Guy
  • Gayngst: One of his personal stories was about how he had a hard time to come out to his family, having recently come out months prior to the show.
  • Straight Gay
  • Straight Man: Daniel is the one who gave Nick a Pep Talk when he was distraught about the model switch.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, there was also Daniel Franco.

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
  • Chekhov S Gunman: He gets chosen to aid Daniel during the Finale.
  • Cool Uncle: He mentioned he was the "Uncle Nick who would give his niece the most chic Barbie".
  • Cool Teacher: He teaches at FIDM.
    • Years later his teaching skills get to test for the spinoff "Under the Gunn".
  • Heroic BSOD: Has this when Zulema switched models with him. Nick got it hard, since he adored Tara, so he spent most of the episode sad and considering to quit the competition. He got over it in the last half of the episode.
  • Nice Guy: In contrast to Zulema, Nick was very gentle to his models. While he initially was upset by the model switch (venting all his anger about how Rachael's walk sucked), he eventually came to terms with the situation and started to treat Rachael better. Both Rachael and Tara had stated that Nick was the sweetest designer to work with.
  • 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.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: With Santino. Even thought he didn't want to either work in a team with Santino or take any of his annoying jokes, Nick declared in the reunion that part of him wants Santino to win in the Finale. Outside of Santino's Jerkass moments, he and Nick are seen having fun, being good roomates and singing along in the workroom.

Diana Eng

  • Adorkable
  • Asian and Nerdy: She describes herself as a "Fashion Nerd", telling how in highschool she read more science magazines than fashion magazines.
  • Chekhov S Gunman: She gets chosen to aid Chloe during the Finale.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Her specialty is to incorporate technology in her pieces, like cameras in the hoodies, earplug-earrings, magnet hooks, etc. She even released a book about this.
  • Hollywood Nerd
  • In-Series Nickname: The other nicknamed her "Dirty Diana" when partying.
  • Meganekko, Smart People Wear Glasses
  • Nice Girl: She had big patience considering she was in the same room with Guadalupe and Santino.
  • Only Sane Woman: Her team was composed of Guadalupe and Marla. She was the only one holding them together.
    • In the same challenge, Marla's model got pissy and didn't want to wear the outfit. Diana herself had to make her, since it was her job to do it.
  • The Smart Girl

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.
  • Granola Girl: Described by Santino
  • 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.
  • What Could Have Been: Fashion critics said that she might have won the show with her finale collection if she was not aufed over Chloe.

Zulema Griffin

  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She didn't form bonds with anyone, instantly marking her territory from Day 1.
  • 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.
    • Although all the 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.
  • Establishing Character Moment: When they moved to the apartments, Zulema immediately claimed the closet for herself, explaining in the confessionals how territorial she was, being the oldest of seven children. She only conceded to Marla one hanger.
  • 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 out.
  • Hot-Blooded: Especially in Shatangi mode.
  • Jerkass: She treated her models badly (Rachael hated her, while Tara complained how she kept poking her with the needles while sewing the dress on her).
    • Jerkass Has a Point: While she was treated as the villain for the model switch, Zulema wasn't in the wrong, since it was only logical to have a better model once given the opportunity.
  • 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 that she has a wife.

Marla Duran

  • Cool Old Lady: Subverted. While many of the designers liked her and she was overall a nice lady, everybody thought her below technical and design skills were going to get her out anytime soon.
  • Extreme Doormat: She quickly was intimidated by Zulema taking over the closet and conformed with having just one hanger out of it.
  • Sincerest Form of Flattery: For the Nicky Hilton challenge, she started to rip off one of Nicky's dresses fom the catalogue, since she "didn't trust her own creative voice". After Tim pointed out she was being a copycat, she made slight changes to the dress, but it was still blatantly obvious the dress was a copy. What makes it worse is that she insisted all the time that it was her dress. Marla was lucky Guadalupe made a dress so horrible that it gained the elimination instead.
  • Team Mom: Averted. While her attitude was gentle and she kept mentioning she had to rise her son while running her boutique, the others had to teach her in the workroom how to put her garment together, since Marla was a self-taught dressmaker and the others had professional training.

Guadalupe Vidal

  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Look up for her response at the reunion show and try to understand half of it...
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Too much to list, but most prominent is her answer in the reunion show about her elimination.
    • In her first episode, she mentioned her haircut was inspired in Bruce Lee, so she could beat the competition.
    • For the lingerie challenge, her sketches for Heidi were... Comicbook inspired underwear with Written Sound Effect bubbles.
  • Impossibly Tacky Clothes: All her designs. To the point she was eliminated instead of Marla (who ripped off her dress from one of the references, a big No for a self-respected designer in a design competition).
  • Jerkass: Where to begin...
    • As Nick pointed out, Guadalupe was going to everyone's stations offering unrequested critiques. Not that her own design was a model to take, but still...
    • She was seen picking on Kara's Hot-Blooded attitude while she herself was being incoherent.
    • In the Nicky Hilton Challenge, she immediately mentioned to Nicky how Marla ripped off one of her dresses. Not that she needed that to be pointed out, as it was blatantly obvious, but not cool, Lupe...

Emmett McCarthy

  • The Dandy
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: He is really tall. And even more noticeable when paired for the Team challenge with Chloe.
  • Ineffectual Loner: In the first episode, Emmet aimed immediately for the room with the single bed, and was ok with having the apartment all for himself after his two roomates were eliminated. Also he isn't seen hanging out with Santino, Nick, Daniel and Andrae after work hours, as he preferred to be far from the noise. At one point Andrae stated he thought of Emmet as a selfish person, which he later took back at the reunion.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to Santino and the other male contestants, he was really the highlight of this trope in his season.
  • The Quiet One
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: He started as a Menswear tailor before venturing into Women's clothing.
  • The Stoic
  • Straight Gay
  • Straight Man: Which explains why he didn't click with the other designers, as they were crazier and louder.

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 Lingerie Challenge, Daniel Franco stepped in to verbally confront 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 aggressive 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

  • Genki Girl: When she got casted, she squeed non-stop.
  • Motor Mouth: She talked A LOT and really fast.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted, since she had the same name as the Host.
  • The Pollyanna: Even when she got eliminated in the first episode, she kept saying "I'm fine. Have a nice day!"

Kirsten Ehrig

  • Hello, Attorney!: She is a lawyer and a swimsuit designer, and also modelled her own pieces.
  • Honor Before Reason: She refused to integrate her scarf to the garment because it was a family heirloom. When she was eliminated because of this, she said she didn't regret it, as she considered her family ties to be more important than the competition.
  • Obvious Pregnancy: Played with. After several months, the designers get together for the Reunion episode, and everyone get surprised when they see Kirsten is pregnant.
    Daniel Franco: (joking while pointing at Kirsten) What's that?!
    Raymundo: You tell me. You're heterosexual.
  • 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

  • Camp Gay
  • Deadpan Snarker: Two quotes towards Daniel Franco...
    Daniel Franco: (joking while pointing at Kirsten) What's that?!
    Raymundo: You tell me. You're heterosexual.
    (later)
    Raymundo: (about Daniel Franco's "Girlfriend in Canada") If the boy says he's straight, leave the boy think that.
  • Raised Catholic

The Models

Yes, because they were in the competition as well.
  • Funny Afro: Danyelle (Andrae's model), also noting she was a DJ besides her modelling job. To the point Andrae verbally confronted the judges about not wanting to cover her afro with a blond wig for the Barbie challenge.
  • Genki Girl: Tara, seeing from her interactions with Nick.
  • Hidden Depths: Grace is a professional illustrator.
  • Jerkass: Cara, Marla's model, refused to wear one of the team's outfits. Diana had to make her do it, citing she had no room to complain, since it's her job.
  • Out of Focus: Except for the Rachael-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. Heather was also tall, since she was slightly shorter than Santino.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction, Male Gaze: Rachael had this when wearing Zulema's sweater dress. It was so short that her butt was visible. Credit to her for keeping a straight face.


    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: Outside 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

  • Good Is Not Nice: She of course had her bickerings with Jeffrey and said things directly.
  • Fiery Redhead: She didn't hesitate to call out anyone, especially Jeffrey.
  • Heroic Fatigue: Laura Bennett was well into the big stages of her pregnancy towards the end of Season 3, so she was allowed to take breaks during work hours.
  • Pregnant Badass: Completed most of her challenges while she was heavily pregnant.
  • Rich Bitch: Her luggage alone was worth $100,000 (the equivalent of the prize money) and her apartment is huge.
    • For the Jetsetter challenge, she didn't squee when the destination was revealed to be Paris, but she did when the tickets were revealed to be First Class seats.
  • Signature Style: Plunging neckline and empire waistline
  • Widow Woman: Her husband passed away in 2012.

Mychael Knight

  • Color Motif: When designing their own jetsetter outfits, Mychael did for himself a full white Hip-Hop combo of pants, t-shirt and jacket.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Invoked. He was voted the "Fan Favorite" for the season.
  • Momma's Boy: Michael Knight of Season 3 made it a point to call his loving mother every day.
  • My Nayme Is: Mychael was Michael before his season finished airing.
  • Nice Guy
  • Odd Friendship: With Kayne.

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

  • Berserk Button: Don't touch Vincent's (Season 3) laundry! The deadpan expression of the guy he was yelling at is a classic.
  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Dirty Old Man: His constant assertion that his designs "turned him on."
  • Hot-Blooded: He exploded at the production staff because of his laundry, to the point Mychael and Kayne could hear him from the balcony.
  • Jerkass

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

  • Big Fun: He was always funny in the workroom and full of quirky jokes.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Invoked for the Prom dress challenge, where Chris wondered why his client chose him, in spite that his portfolio was full of crazy costumes and no gowns. He turned up doing a beautiful prom dress and, much later after the show, a Red Carpet dress for Meryl Streep.
  • Camp Gay
  • Drag Queen: He even presents himself as this for the Drag-queens challenge in Season 5.
  • Gentle Giant
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Brought back to the competition after Jack forfeit and reached the Top 4.
  • Nice Guy: To the point everyone cheered once he was back into the competition.
  • Put on a Bus: After being eliminated the first time.
  • Signature Laugh: The other designers told it easily zigzagged with Annoying Laugh, because they spent many hours a day hearing him.

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 was voted Fanfavorite
  • 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".
  • Signature Style: Puffy sleeves and high couture.

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

  • Camp Gay
  • Platonic Life Partners: The only person who seemed to get along well with Kenley was him.
  • Romance on the Set: He and fellow contestant Wesley Nault hooked up behind scenes and became partners after the show.
  • Signature Style: Couture and cocktail dresses.
    • To the point the judges pointed out he only did cocktail dresses, even for an Olympic challenge and a drag queen challenge.

Joe Faris

Terri Stevens

  • Jerkass: Towards Keith when they are working on the Zodiac challenge, while Keith is kinda moody due to his elimination, she was really nasty to him, unnecessarily.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: She spent all the episode shunning Keith from her work and bitching about how Keith was useless and never around. This got her eliminated.
  • Sassy Black Woman
  • Signature Style: High waisted pants.

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

  • Camp Straight
  • The Charmer: Manages to get to the Final 6 despite none of his looks even achieved a top spot.
  • Chick Magnet: All the single models were gushing over him as he was the only straight single guy in the competition.
  • Female Gaze /Mr. Fanservice: The other designers, male and female alike, often commented on how gorgeous he was, and he did make it surprisingly far in the season considering his designs were frequently in the bottom three.
  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?:
    Im definitely different than a normal fashion designer. I dont know, Im more of a guys guy, I guess.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Ship Tease: The editing joked with the idea of shipping Logan and Carol Hannah, since they got similar themes for a challenge and their work stations were next to each other.

Nicolas Putvinski

Shirin Askari

  • The Cutie
  • Genki Girl: The other contestans said she wouldn't work quiet.
  • Hidden Depths: Viewers thought that she might be just another girly style designer, and what a blindside it was.
  • Shocking Elimination: The first time she was on the bottom half, she was auf'ed.

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.
  • Drama Queen: He cried the first episode and was angsty during the rest of the competition, frequently needing peptalks from Tim or his model.
  • 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

  • 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.
  • Dark Is Not Evil
  • The Determinator: He auditioned more than 5 times until he was chosen. And he ended up winning the season.
  • Face of a Thug: Before the show started, many assumed he was a Jeffrey clone because of his neck-tattoo and the punk-rock look. Once the show started, he was shown to be a wacky Nice Guy.
  • Fridge Logic: Seth Aaron stated that his winning collection for Season 7 was inspired by 1930s German and Soviet aesthetics. After a lot of people went "Uhhhh... wait, doesn't that kind of include the Nazis?", he had to hurriedly explain that wasn't what he meant. invoked
  • Happily Married
  • Nice Guy
  • Perky Goth: Tattoos, black polished nails, punk-rocker clothes, and a very upbeat and quirky persona, all in one package.
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Casually drops Cluster F-Bomb, but it's always for nice statements.
  • Two First Names

Emilio Sosa

Mila Hermanovski

  • Author Appeal: Most of her entries on the show were black and whites. In her home visit, her house was mostly black and white, and even her dog was a dalmatian.
  • Bigot vs. Bigot: She and Jay, to the point Tom and Lorenzo entitled a post "Pissy vs. Prissy. You get to choose who is who".
  • Cool Big Sis: To Maya.
  • Drama Queen: Downplayed. She complained about Alexis not choosing her for the second challenge (and spent most of the workroom time sending indirects to Anthony about it), and also complained about the others not congratulating her for getting Top 2. She didn't do a drama out of those, but she did annoyed most of the others by going on and on.
  • Fag Hag: Inverted. As far as shown, the other gay competitors didn't want to be with her.
  • Perky Goth: According to her teen photos.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold
  • Signature Style: Black and White (most of the time) and Color-blocking.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky.

Jay Nicholas Sario

  • Adorkable: Whenever he squeed like a big girl. He even did a flip on the farm.
  • 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 Cerri 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
  • Keet: Whenever his outbursts of happiness were visible.
  • 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

  • Cloud Cuckoolander
  • Drama Queen: She cried when she had to eliminate a model, and also got into arguments with Jesse, dismissing all his opinions as "not respecting her as Team Leader".
  • Fragile Flower: She cried a lot during the show, includng the reunion.
  • Funny Foreigner: To the pont other designers referred to her as "Ping Pong"

Maya Luz

Christiane King

Pamela Ptak

  • Genki Girl: She was very enthusiastic to the challenges.

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

  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Not her persona, but some of her designs stand out as this, like the fish-clown-chicken pants and the hair-bowl outfit.
  • Nice Girl

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.
  • Tranquil Fury: During the last challenges, Brandise and Cerri were openly stating they wanted Jay auf'd right next to Brittany. Brittany, instead of arguing with them, just stayed quiet, while Lorena could tell she really was pissed by their comments.
  • 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

  • Author Appeal: All her entries were based on her Granola Girl background and clothes that she would wear on herself. Her final collection and her jewelry line following the show were inspired on Native-American culture.
  • 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.
    • To the point where it shows in her final collection, where her designs can be really depressing.
  • 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 shot of the "bitch" tiara on the table for one challenge. invoked
  • Fan Nickname: Wretchen.
  • Granola Girl: She is a sustainable designer.
  • Hurricane of Excuses: Gretchen Jones' infamous meltdown trying to defend Team Luxe on the runway, first declaring the team was proudly united even if the judges didn't like their work, and then when the judges didn't like their work she promptly started fumbling for reasons to blame everything on teammate Michael Costello.
  • 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?: At least apologized to Tim after her meltdown at the Team Challenge in the next challenge.
    • 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 tallest female from the cast.
  • What Could Have Been: It was noted that she had the chops to create high fashion clothing, especially looking at the first 3 designs. Unfortunately, those designs were not her POV.

Mondo Guerra

  • Adorkable
  • Author Appeal, Signature Style: He designs mostly with crazy patterns and unconventional print combinations. Even his own wardrobe is quirky.
  • Bromance / Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ended having this with Michael Costello after admiting he was being a dick to Michael.
  • Blessed with Suck: Invoked by him during a Cam Confessional, where he talks about how his quirky personality made him a talented designer but alienated him from others at the same time.
  • Camp Gay
  • 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.
  • Crack Defeat: His loss to Gretchen is widely regarded as this. Tim Gunn practically invoked the trope by name, having referred to Nina Garcia and Michael Kors as "crack-smoking" based on their support for Gretchen.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Determinator
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Won Fanfavorite invoked
  • Ill Boy: He's HIV-positive.
  • Raised Catholic: One of the reasons he separated from his family and kept his health status a secret for 10 years.
  • Stoic Spectacles
  • Too Quirky To Lose: Averted.
  • Wham Line: His Confession Cam of his concept for the print challenge: His HIV Status.

Andy South

  • Camp Gay
  • Country Mouse: Subverted. Both urban-fashion and the catfish farm work comes naturally to him.
  • The Dutiful Son
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • Nice Guy: Even thought he wasn't friends with Michael Costello at all, he still didn't say anything negative about him on camera while the other designers were openly badmouthing him.
  • Signature Style: Most of his designs are asian-inspired looks (the Avant-Garde challenge, the chinese-lamp sleeves, and his final collection was inspired in Budha and made with Laotian fabrics) and many of his dress entries were black shiny cocktail dresses.

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

  • Signature Style: She mostly did desconstructed dresses, inspired by Junya Watanabe's style.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Her most remembered line was her "Wooly Balls" joke.

Sarah Trost

Nicholas D'Aurizio

Jason Troisi

  • Have I Mentioned I Am Heterosexual Today?: One of the Jerkass statements he said was about the fashion world being unfair on a straight guy like him.
  • 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 (not only was it bad, he also hadn't sewn it properly, meaning that there was a giant HOLE in the middle of his dress)
  • Nice Hat: According to him, his hat is his intimidation symbol, like the Native-Americans used Warbonnets.

McKell Maddox


    Season 9 

Anya Ayoung-Chee

  • Hidden Depths: Was Miss Trinidad and Tobago Universe 2008, and launched 2 clothing lines prior to competing.
  • 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.
  • Signature Style: As noted by many of the reviewers, she had a very narrow point of view, since many of her entries were caribbean-style prints and maxidresses. Then again, her style is very distinctive compared to everyone else, which is probably why she was well liked by the judges.
  • 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

  • Author Appeal: As he says "More is less, but for me More is More", resulting in many of his entries being very colorful and flamboyant.
    • During his audition tape, Seth Aaron did mention his own style for menswear was flamboyant, which maybe would translate well for women fashion.
  • Camp Gay
  • Drama Queen: Overreacts and gets into verbal confrontations at the slightest criticism.
  • Genre Savvy: Ridden the "be a drama-causing Jerkass for ratings" reality TV formula all the way to the top four. Lampshaded by Bert of all people, who responded to a Josh hissy fit with "Go back to central casting!"
  • 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!: His rant during the HP challenge. He WILL. NOT. HAVE IT! BERT!
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He got reamed by the judges for his Epic Fail 1970s outfits, he went on a rant to the other designers that he was suffering unfairly because he hadn't even been alive in the 1970s. (Implying the other designers somehow had it easier.) He went on and on with tension in the room mounting until finally Viktor cut him off, very calmly but bluntly explaining this was a lame excuse because a lot of the other designers were close to Josh in age. When Josh attempted his trademark Wounded Gazelle Gambit by accusing Viktor of being "aggressive," Bert and Kimberly jumped in to cut that off and say that Viktor was right.
  • Smug Snake: During the team challenges, bossed Becky around, head-butted with Bert and made himself team-leader in non-leader team-ups.
  • Sore Loser: Wasvery offended that he lost to Anya in the L'Oreal challenge, mostly because he needed the money more. On the After the Runway special following the episode, he got thoroughly chewed out for acting like he was the only one with money problems. On the next episode he seemed very offended that he'd lost to a "beauty queen" with a tone that made it obvious that he did not think that was a good thing.

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
  • Genre Savvy: In the 70s inspired challenge, Bert was the only one who did live during that era, so he was among the Top 3 along with Viktor (who did have research experience) and Anya.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: Bert talks about getting "a job" at Studio 54.
    Laura: Is that where you got your Halston job?
    Bert: No, I got it in a balcony, third row.
  • 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

  • Cloudcuckoolander
  • Camp Gay
  • The Eeyore: As highlighted by an exchange with his student partner during the avant-garde challenge.
    Student: What kind of music do you listen to?
    Olivier: Depressing.
  • Fantastic Time Management: Notably averted. Not only his time management was horrible, but he got the trophy of "The Worst Time Management" in the extra episode of the season.
  • Genre Blindness: By nine seasons, Olivier should have known a "Real Women" challenge was bound to happen, which included interactions with clients and measurements bigger than a size 2 model.
  • Gratuitous Italian: When he first met his model Carla, they both started to hit it off by having a conversation in Italian. Immediately lampshaded by Laura:
    Laura: Are you two speaking foreign?
  • Innocent Bigot: Had a bad reputation due to his comments about how his designs should only be worn by thin models and freaking out about making clothes for women with big boobs and big men. He, clearly, didn't seem to realize what was wrong with anything he was saying on camera.
  • Irony: He was eliminated in a menswear challenge, considering his background as such.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He seemed to get along very well with Bert. When Bert didn't notice Olivier was right next to him, Bert predicted he would be in the Top 3.
  • My Nayme Is: Olivier.
  • Signature Style: All of his designs in the competition were muted colors like greys, beige, light blue.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?

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

Joshua Christensen

Rafael Cox

  • Camp Gay
  • Fatal Flaw: He didn't design with his scarf (the most interesting fabric from his attire, since all his other pieces were plain white and grey) from the beginning, since he didn't want to take it off yet. Why? Because he didn't want to go on camera with Messy Hair.
  • Genre Blindness: Like Kirsten Ehrig from Season 2, he should have known to use his scarf right away, instead of leaving it for last.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: As the first eliminated.

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.
  • Raised Catholic: Or rather "Raised in a very strict Christian cult", where they didn't let her have an Art oriented carreer.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She is blonde with blue strikes.

    Season 10 

Alicia Hardesty

  • Author Appeal: Her design style is for Tomboy girls, consisting mostly in jumpers and overalls.
  • 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, who he considered a Cool Teacher at first, 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 by how it affects him and how everything happening revolves around himself.
  • Jaw Drop: He has A LOT of these when paired up with Andrea, still shocked of how not seriously she was taking the whole challenge.
    Christopher: (Confession Cam, imitating Andrea) Hahaha, I f*cked up again, hahaha. (big Jaw Drop)
  • 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

  • Ambiguously Bi: Maybe? He seems to show interest in men on occasion, but he also makes comments about "the way [Heidi] moves". He never makes any spoken indication of what he is or is not attracted to, so who knows.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • My Hovercraft Is Full of Eels / Mala Proper / Blunt Metaphors Trauma: Referring to Ven as a "one-way monkey" when he meant to say "one-trick pony."
  • Only Sane Man: Of Team 6 in episode 5. Repeatedly cuts through screeching fits in an attempt to keep the team on track.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Before becoming a designer, he was a professional dancer. Also, he occasionally wears pink.
  • The Stoic: Comes with the territory being from Belarus.
    • Not So Stoic: Loses it a bit when forced to work with Elena, and again when he gets a video from his father in Belarus.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: He was distraught that his father wouldn't be able to watch his collection because he was in Belarus.

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 his print was about penises and vaginas.
  • 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, much to the other contestants amusement.
  • 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 blond, got a new haircut and grew out more his neckbeard.
  • 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...
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: Right at the very first episode of Season 10, he started to act more bitchy. Some people suggest that he was playing it for the camera.
    • Took a Level in Kindness: He zigzagged with the above, since he ocassionally showed he could still be nice.
  • 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 are painting a target on their backs for 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. Not helping her case was the fact that a few other contestants used clothlike materials but 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 candynote . The judges were not amused and she was unsurprisingly auf'd.

Melissa Fleis

Nathan Paul

Raul Osorio

  • Fan Nickname: "Eddie Munster", because of his exaggerated widow's peak. Invoked by Elena, who also disparagingly referred to him by this name, suggesting at least one of his peers was on the same wavelength.
  • Jerkass: When he returned to the competition, he was constantly complaining during the team challenge and bickering with Elena.
    • During his second elimination, after giving everyone a goodbye, he outright insulted Elena and said to her "I hate you".
  • Hypocrite: During the team challenge, he complained about how everyone in the group was being selfish, while he himself was only worried about saving his own ass and punch the others before they did it to him.
  • Never My Fault: In both his eliminations he refused to recognize he didn't do great during the competition and left saying the show wasn't his thing.
  • 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: The first time around, he said his elimination was a mistake by the judges. By his second elimination, althought he thanked the judges for the opportunity, he insulted Elena and said to the Confession Cam that the show wasn't his thing anyway.

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.
  • Manipulative Editing: Venomously claimed that his controversial behavior in season 10 episode 6, in which he called his client "plus-size" and "big" and eventually leading her to tears, was subject to this. Tim Gunn, on the other hand, claims what the audience saw of Ven was the "nice version" of his atrocious behavior.
  • 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, and contains rose patterns in some way.
  • The Stoic
    • Not So Stoic: One of the rare emotional moments from him is when his sister visits the room, along with the other designers' relatives, and Ven shed some tears of joy.

    Season 11 

Amanda Valentine

  • Coattail-Riding Relative: Something she desperately wants to avoid. Her brother James is a member of Maroon 5 but she wants to be successful on her own right.
  • Nice Girl
  • Plucky Girl: She was in a good mood most of the time, even when she was the weak link in most of the challenges.

Benjamin March

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

Cindy Marlatt

  • Can't Catch Up: She was notably overshadowed in skill and designs, given that many of the competitors were experienced fashion designers, while she originally came from a Mortuary House and had been into fashion design for a short time recently.
  • Team Mom: she was the oldest of the cast.

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."
  • Steam Punk: Her Final Collection's theme.
  • 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
  • Fatal Flaw: Her ability in textile design was considered talented by many, but she lacks the skills into using them for fashion design, in a fashion design competition.
  • Native Americans: She is proud of her Native American heritage, reflecting it in every single one of her entries for the competition, and even in the first day she did a traditional Battle Cry.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Her hair goes past her waist and is frequently braided.
  • Signature Style: Her designs mostly showcase how she "creates her own textiles" and incorporates elements of her Native American background, like fringe or horse hair.
  • 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.
  • Funny Foreigner: He is from Thailand and is very quirky.
  • Keet
  • 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.
  • Experimented in College: How she defines her "Lesbian Phase".

Bradon McDonald

Dom Streater

  • Author Appeal: For her Final Collection, all the models were styled exactly like her, with the afro and the dresses were all like her usual wardrobe.
  • 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.
  • Defeating the Undefeatable: Against Alexandria in the finale, who while is not the best designer on this season, Alexandria made a finale collection that was something that the judges will automatically praise and give Alexandria the win instead of Dom.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • Nice Girl: Often seemed to be actively avoiding fights in the workroom.

Helen Castillo

  • The Ace: Won a total of 4 challenges in her run.
  • 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

  • Bash Brothers: 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.
  • Irony: She served in the army, despite being emotionally unstable.
  • 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.

    Season 13 

Alexander Knox

  • Dull Surprise: Tends to gawp with an open mouth at whatever or whomever he's watching.

Angela Sum

  • Fragile Flower: She was crying most of the time.
  • Hidden Depths: She apparently worked at Wall Street for 7 years.
  • Mercy Kill: What everybody felt about her auf, as it was not the right environment for her.

Carrie Sleutskaya

Charketa "Char" Glover

  • Lifelines: She's the recipient of the "Tim Gunn Save", since he felt there was some joy missing from the workroom.
    • In episode 9, when she had trouble fixing the zipper for the model, Tim decided to give Char an additional 10 minutes to finish it, much to the contestants chargin.
  • Nice Girl: Reason why Tim decided to use his save on her.
    • Really comes to a point in episode 12 when she genuinely wants to make an effort to patch things up with Korina and the other designers are happier to have her around.
    • And then averted in the reunion when she complained that Korina was mean and took half the time to agreeing to patch up with Korina.
  • Sassy Black Woman
  • The Pollyanna: She tried to survive the economic crisis in her town.

Emily Payne

Fde Zu Grau

  • Atheism: His spiritual beliefs were never touched on but the number of pieces of clothing he had with the word "Atheist" written across them seemed like a good hint.
  • Funny Foreigner: Even thought he didn't have much screentime, the judges pointed out that his personal style and taste in prints were fun and interesting.
  • Gratuitous German

Hernan Lander

  • Camp Gay
  • Jerkass: He kept badmouthing Sandhya, and accused her of giving him the most horrible suit on purpose, even when Sandhya herself tried to make everyone understand she tried to match the choices with their styles.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He gets eliminated in the episode where he bitched at Sandhya the most.
  • Never My Fault: He took control over the entire team in the second episode and then blamed Sandhya when the team lost and then spent the entire fourth episode blaming Sandhya for giving him a bad suit when several other designers also didn't like their suits but still managed to produce good looks.

Jefferson Musanda

Kiniokahokula "Kini" Zamora

  • Always Second Best Some of his designs have been in the judges' Top 3, and shared a win with Sean, yet he has never won any prize solo until episode 9.
  • Big Eater He was really excited by the Red Robin Restaurant Challenge, especially when he learned the contestants would be given free fries that day.
  • Boring but Practical: People's reaction about his design who were more experience with fashion research. He has great sewing skills and a solid design concept, but his design tends to be dull or derivative.
  • Camp Gay
  • Fantastic Time Management: The reason why he was consistently praised by the judges is his ability to finish a garment precisely in a short amount of time.
  • Nice Guy Usually smiling and gregarious.
  • Second Place Is for Losers Though usually calm and cheerful, Kini expressed frustration that when he and Sean were paired up for the wedding challenge, Sean was selected for the win. The kicker? Sean's shirt got the most praise. While the shirt was Sean's design, Kini was the one who actually constructed it.
  • Signature Style: In his finale collection, B/W and denim.
  • Twofer Token Minority Gay and Hawaiian.

Korina Emmerich

Kristine Guico

Mitchell Perry

Samantha Plasencia

  • Boring but Practical: She had a sense of style and ideas, but the final product tends to be boring compared to the other designers (and some of the surprise were extremely hidden in black).
  • Out of Focus
  • Sheltered Aristocrat: In her final episode, she had difficulties in making a gown because she had never been on a wedding before.

Sandhya Garg

  • All of the Other Reindeer: Most of the designers in the competiton dislike her because they don't understand how she won two challenges.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Got a lion share of airtime despite being 8th.
  • Good Is Not Dumb: When Hernan said to her a "Thank you Sandhya again, bitch", Sandhya flipped the bird at him and warned him to never talk to her like that again.
  • I'm Not Here to Make Friends: Inverted, she genuinely wanted to form friendships, but due to her events in her first two episodes, she's not popular with the other designers.
  • Loophole Abuse: In Episode 5, when Heidi (who's this season challenge), decided to give the contestants another chance to shop at Mood, she's the only person to ask for money from the other designers who decided not to take the chance.
  • Nice Girl: She tries to get along with everyone. For the 4th challenge, she tried to give everyone suits according to their styles, even when some of them kept saying she gave them "the ugliest" on purpose.
  • No Social Skills: Her Fatal Flaw in this show, while she does not have a mean bone in her body, she is sometimes difficult to work and communicate with.
  • Perfectly Arranged Marriage: Sandhya tells she got married in a traditional arranged marriage, as common in East Indian culture. Lucky for her, she adores her husband, as he turned out to be a Nice Guy who is very supportive of her career as fashion designer.
  • Shocking Elimination: Sure, her final outfit deserved the auf. But it was this because she won 2 challenges in the early stages of the show, which usually means a ticket to the finale.
  • Team Killer: Unintentionally, as both times she been on the bottom is was when she was teamed up with other designers.
  • Token Minority: She's the only East Indian contestant.

Sean Kelly

  • Crippling Overspecialization: His love of fringe, especially during his final collection. Despite being able to do it beautifully, even Heidi (who loves the fringe) worries he's overusing it. Not helped by Tim Gun's visit when he told him to "turn up the volume" on his collection, and Sean reading that as "add fringe to everything".
  • Genre Blindness: Knows full well Nina Garcia doesn't like his obsession with fringe, so what does he do? He creates a final collection that's three-quarters fringe! Though it doesn't matter anyway, since he won as Nina find it the most commercially viable of the collection.
  • Kiwi Accent: Has a very thick accent, since he is from New Zealand
  • Signature Style: After his win in the Heidi Klum challenge, he started to use fringes in his designs. In his finale collection, he uses a Julius Caesar storyline, along with more fringe.
  • Stealing The Credit: Won the Rock Wedding challenge ... despite the fact it was Kini who constructed the shirt that the judges were raving about. (the design was his, but Kini was the one who sewed it for him, although it is possible Sean's silence regarding this may have been the result of Manipulative Editing)

Amanda Valentine

  • My Greatest Second Chance: She got picked to return for the season.
  • Nice Girl: She is often very happy around and tries to get along with most of the contestants... Except for Korina.

    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, though.
  • 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, Seasons 1-2, 4)

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 3-4 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)

  • Boring but Practical: She was mostly safe due to the fact that she focuses more on technique over innovation. It shows on the final product, where most of the designs was sewn well could fly off the racks but was really uninspired.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. Her rank only dropped a notch, though.
  • Old Shame: After season 5 ended, tabloids published the news that Kenley threw her cat to her ex-boyfriend, and everyone referred to her as "The Cat Thrower"
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Signature Style: She utilized mostly polka dots this season.

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)

  • 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. She also now aware that this is a Talent Show.

Peach Carr (season 8)


    All-Stars 3 

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 up 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)


    All-Stars 4 

Chris March (Season 4)

Jay Sario (Season 7)

Fabio Costa (Season 10)

Gunnar Deatherage (Season 10)

Sonjia Williams (Season 10)

  • My Greatest Second Chance: Eliminated right before the finale in her season, she wins multiple challenges and makes it all the way to the end in this one. Subverted when Dmitry takes the season once again.

Dmitry Sholokhov (Season 10)

  • The Ace: Won his season, and though it took him 8 episodes to actually win a challenge (much like his own season, in which he didn't win until Episode 9), he has never been in the bottom two. He made it into the finale with a dress that more than one judge called the best thing they'd ever seen on Allstars. It's no shock that he walks away with the prize for the second time.
  • Ambiguously Bi: Even more so than in his first season, he seems to actively tease about the ambiguity. In the "love life" episode, he very pointedly avoids discussing his orientation, unlike most of the other male designers. And when he says that he is single, he also mentions that he thinks he's ready to "meet the perfect... person."

Samantha Black (Season 11)

Benjamin March (Season 11)

Patricia Michaels (Season 11)

Michelle Lesniak (Season 11)

  • Odd Friendship: Turns out to be close with Helen after the show, especially when she said that they were roommates

Helen Castillo (Season 12)

Justin LeBlanc (Season 12)

  • My Greatest Second Chance: Had never won a challenge in his original season, despite making it to Fashion Week. In All-Stars, however, he wins the second episode's challenge!

Alexandria von Brossem (Season 12)