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Chloe Dao

  • Color Motif: Most of her challenge pieces were blue dresses.
  • Genki Girl
  • Fun Size: She was the shortest of the cast. And even more noticeable when paired for the Team challenge with Emmett.
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  • Heroic BSoD: She broke to tears when it was revealed the final collection needed to have an additional surprise look, as she felt she couldn't design anymore.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: When she teamed up with Emmet.
  • Nice Girl: Even thought she had her own opinions about people in the workroom (mostly against Santino), she still tried to be polite.

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.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He won the All-Star Special Episode.
  • 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.
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  • Straight Gay: Most viewers didn't guess about his sexuality until he talked about it during the show.
  • 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

  • Affably Evil: Not exactly evil. He just came off as constantly annoying and stubborn. (But he was really funny and entertaining, too.)
  • Basso Profundo: And made a good use of it during the show, singing or making a perfect impression of Tim Gunn.
  • Bi the Way
  • Breakout Character: He's probably one of the more visible former contestants given his participation in On The Road with Austin and Santino and as a recurring judge on Ru Pauls Drag Race.
  • The Cast Showoff: He was constantly singing (usually tunes of his own making), and his impersonations of Tim Gunn and the judges are legendary among the show's fans.
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  • Corpsing: The extended cut for the Barbie Challenge showed that he was trying hard to not burst laughing when Andrae's sobbing went on for more than 10 minutes.
  • Designated Villain: Unlike Wendy, Santino was just arrogant and stubborn. He never plotted any kind of trick against his fellow competitors. invoked
  • Easily Forgiven: Daniel Vosovic and Chloe forgave his Jerkass attitude during the show before the Finale.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: At fashion week he dedicated his final collection to his mother, and has often cited her as his greatest influence.
  • Glory Days: During the All-Stars Special Episode, he tried hard to being the Comic Relief of the cast again by repeating his old jokes. Didn't turn out well, instead annoying everyone in the room (to the point where even Jeffrey Sebelia — his close personal friend, and the villain of his own season — told him to knock it off).
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He did consider Nick, Daniel V. and Andrae his friends.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: Althought Santino never voiced all his opinions to their faces, but to the Confession Cam, he was right about Nick's garment for Daniel looked like a girl's jacket, and that Daniel was going to be in trouble if he didn't realize his collection wasn't right.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted in All-Stars Special Episode. Placed in the Bottom 4.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Says he has played with Barbies since he was a kid.
  • Shipper on Deck: Joked A LOT about Tim Gunn hitting on Andrae.
  • Sophisticated as Hell: Whenever he is impersonating Tim Gunn.
    Santino!Tim: Designers. Up until now everyone f*ckin' sucked. However, go out there and kick butt.
  • Sincerest Form of Flattery: Invoked by Santino when Tim confronted him about his impersonations.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: He was Manly Man, next to Andrae's Sensitive.

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.

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.
  • Papa Wolf: In Under the Gunn, he got enraged when the designers from the other teams (including Mondo and Anya) were berating Natalia, reasuring her that she had all the right to be in the competition, despite what the others might say.
  • 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: Invoked during the Reunion Show. Many believed firmly that 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.

Andrae Gonzalo

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". 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.

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.

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

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...

Daniel Franco

See Season 1 Contestants

Raymundo Baltazar

  • Camp Gay
  • Completely Missing the Point: During the Barbie My Scene challenge, he planned to design a "Surfer Barbie", and ended up producing a look that looked too mature, reasoning that girls want to be like their moms, as something positive. The judges had to tell him that's not what teenage trendy girls think whenever it comes to fashion.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Two quotes towards Daniel Franco...
    Daniel Franco: (joking while pointing at Kirsten) What's that?!
    Raymundo: You tell me. You're heterosexual.
    Raymundo: (about Daniel Franco's "Girlfriend in Canada") If the boy says he's straight, leave the boy think that.
  • Raised Catholic

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.

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!"

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.


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