Since the popular reality show “Project runway“, which first aired in 2004, we’ve seen season after season of would-be designers sew, cut and cry. We’ve also seen them struggle through “unconventional” challenges, embark on model walk-offs, bar Nina Garcia and “make it work” regardless of the fashion emergency.While Heidi Klum said “auf wiedersehen” to the show in 2017, together with Tim Gunn (they both went on to helm Amazon Video’s version of a sewing competition series, “Making the Cut”), the show’s popularity remains strong. The show’s 17th season premiered back on its original network, Bravo, with an all-new panel that included season four winner Christian Siriano and supermodel Karlie Kloss. Since then, designer Brandon Maxwell and journalist Elaine Welteroth joined as judges in season 18, with Kloss stepping down from the official title in season 19 and Shantall Lacayo ultimately being named the winner.
At BravoCon 2022’s “Project Runway of Their World” panel on Sunday, Oct. 16, Siriano and Welteroth announced season 20 as an all-star themewhich will bring back some of the most talented designers from previous seasons to compete against each other for the title.
But how have the former crowned designers fared since their “Project Runway” moment, and who are they working for now? Ahead, we rounded up all the winners since Season 1 and gathered information about their lives after “Project Runway.” Read through to catch up on anything you may have missed while learning about the new entrants over the years.
—Additional reporting by Sarah Wasilak and Robert Khederian