“Project Runway,” The New Reality Fashion Show

December 1st, 2004 marks the debut of the Bravo Network’s newest, fashion inspired television show.“Project Runway,” which highlights aspiring fashion designers, eager to become staples in “fashion society.” Like most reality shows, “Project Runway” is filled with friendships, fun, competition and rivalry.  

“Project Runway” introduces 12 amateur designers who will compete week-to- week in unique, creative design challenges. With these challenges comes the inevitability of weekly eliminations. Eliminations are based on the contestants’ performance in design competitions and will continue until three contestants are left.  

The three remaining designers will face-off by showcasing complete lines of fashion at the New York Fashion Week 2005. The winner will receive a photo spread of their designs in Elle magazine, $100,000 in seed money to help launch their own collection and a mentorship from the Banana Republic design team. 

The show is hosted by runway and print supermodel Heidi Klum who believes, "Our contestants are so talented and this show will give them a chance to make it in fashion, which is a really tough business to break into," she continues, "I’m excited to give them a great showcase to display their talents.”  

Famed fashion designer, Michael Kors, and Elle magazine fashion director Nina Garcia  are featured as judges and fashion insiders to help the budding designers achieve success. 

The first episode was filled with originality and drama as the contestants were challenged to design an “after five” dress with only materials from a grocery store. The creations ranged from an aluminum foil dress to a shower curtain evening gown, but the winner of the “innovation challenge” created a beautiful cocktail dress out of cornhusk! The winner also received immunity from elimination next week. 

The critics think the show is a hit. Susan Stewart of “TV Guide” claims that “Project Runway,” “brilliantly blends competition and creativity. Score: 10 (out of 10).” 

You can catch “Project Runway” every Wednesday night, at 10/9 central, on the Bravo TV Network.