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Project Runway: Career Boost or Career Bust? New Season Starts Tonight!


19 Jul Project Runway: Career Boost or Career Bust? New Season Starts Tonight!

by ATFDC Contributor Jessica Danyele Gold

Today’s return of the new season of Project Runway got me thinking about the impact of fashion reality show on the careers of the contestants. It seems for some, competing on reality shows appears to do more good than harm. Even if they aren’t household names, they are somewhere behind the scenes making their dream come true. Many of the winners and contestants of Project Runway go on to working on clothing lines or even on television shows.

Most notably, Christian Siriano, winner of Project Runway Season 4 who has a highly successful eponymous line and is worn by Hollywood stars and fashionistas alike. He has gone on to expand his brand with various collaborations and partnerships with brands including Payless, Victoria’s Secret, LG, Starbucks, and Puma.

Jeffrey Sebelia, the winner of Project Runway Season 3 now has two clothing lines named Cosa Nostra and La Miniatura. Mychael Knight also from Season 3 introduced his label on BET’s Rip the Runway in 2010 and in 2011 his designs appeared at Fashion Week. Season 5 runner up Korto Momolu has gone one to feature her collections during multiple seasons of New York Fashion Week and partnered with Madera Exotic Woods to design The Saba Collection- an exclusive line of fashionable eco-friendly jewelry.

Season 7 contestant Anthony L. Williams is also a successful designer. After the show aired, he began working on VH1’s Single Ladies. On the first season he styled the main character Val, played by Stacey Dash and he made an appearance on the show’s second season last week.

Chloe Dao winner of season 2 is also very successful, but she is not in the spotlight as much. She now owns a boutique located in Houston, TX and offers her collection online as well.

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However for every success story there are the disappointing letdowns and never-to-be-heard-from-again “stars.” But why go into that when we can celebrate the successes of those who made it and look forward to a new crop of fresh talent?

Check out the new season of Project Runway airing tonight, July 19th on Lifetime at 9:00 PM


Jessica Gold is a 19 year old aspiring magazine writer. She attends The Pennsylvania State University and majors in Print Journalism and minors in African-American studies. She has a keen eye for fashion & style and loves to write about it.