Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

From Belarus to Portland, Oregon, these designers have come from all over the world to win the Project Runway title.

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

It’s hard to believe Project Runway is in its 11th season. It seems like yesterday when the show first aired and America eagerly tuned into to watch unknown fashion designers pursue design challenges to please fashion goddess Heidi Klum, but it’s actually been 8-fun-Tim-Gunn-filled-years (the first episode aired  December 1, 2004). Unlike most reality TV stars that come and go with the seasons, Project Runway winners tend to stick around the fashion limelight. Below is a list of Project Runway winners, where they now live, what they’ve accomplished since winning the show and what they’re up to now. As you’ll soon see, these designers love to ‘make it work’ and are married to the fashion industry for the long haul.

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 1 – Jay McCarroll
Age:
38
Residence: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (and sometimes New York – Upper West Side)
Studied at: Philadelphia College of Textile and Science and London College of Fashion
Known for: Making functional, yet wearable products and being anti-fur.
Accomplishments: Featured in documentary about life after winning Project Runway called Project Jay. Featured in a different documentary called Eleven Minutes, which was about the entire process of his 2008 fashion line Transport. In 2008, launched blog and boutique The Colony. Has own fabric line (found at jaymccarrollfabric.com).
Other Reality TV Appearances: Winner of VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club Season 7 (He lost 40-pounds.)
Today: Teaching at Philadelphia College and promoting his fashion line on QVC.
Follow: JayMcCarroll.com and Twitter: @jaymccaroll

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 2 – Chloe Dao
Age: 40
Residence: Houston, Texas
Studied at: Fashion Institute of Technology
Known for: Women’s Evening Wear
Accomplishments: In 2007 her designs were featured in an exhibit called “Exit Saigon. Enter Little Saigon” at the Smithsonian Museum. Became national spokesperson for Dove’s “Sleeveless Ready” campaign. During Spring 2007 New York Fashion Week, LensCrafters chose Dao as a featured designer and also as a panelist for “it” eyewear. Sold out an entire line called Simply during its initial QVC airing. Partnered with NuoTech in 2008 to create a line of travel bags and accessories.
Other Reality TV Appearances: None
Today can be found: Happily working at her Houston-based boutique called Dao Chloe Dao.
Follow: chloedao.com and Twitter: @chloedao

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 3 – Jeffrey Sebelia
Age: 42
Residence: Los Angeles, California
Studied at: Los Angeles Trade- Technical College
Known for: His neck tattoos and being a “villain” on the show.
Accomplishments: Participated in Project Runway All Stars. Started a fashion line named directly after him (he already had a line called Costa Nostra before appearing on Project Runway). Re-entered the music industry with a band named Sing Orpheus. Teamed up with a company called Fluxus and created women’s wear. Then in 2009 began a fashion line for children called La Miniatura.
Other Reality TV Appearances: None
Today can be found: Working on his newest endeavor—children’s clothing.
Follow: laminiatura.com and Twitter: @JeffreySebelia

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 4 – Christian Siriano
Age:
27
Residence: New York, New York
Studied at: Baltimore School for the Arts and American InterContinental University in London, England
Known for: Being the youngest contestant to ever win Project Runway and also over-using the saying “fierce.”
Accomplishments: Launched a line named after him self that retailed at Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus. Was named one of Crain’s Top 40 Under 40 Entrepreneurs (due to his label raking in over $1.2 million). Created lines for the following companies: Puma, Gaia’s Online Prom Wear, Payless Shoes and most recently for the catalog retailer Spiegel. Other fashionable endeavors include designing a phone for LG, a make-up line for Victoria’s Secret and a Siriano mini-Starbuck’s card. And in 2009 he co-wrote a book titled Fierce Style: How to be Your Most Fabulous Self.
Other Reality TV Appearances: Guest judge on Bravo’s Make Me a Supermodel Season1, Episode 11; Guest judge on Project Runway Season 11, Episode 1
Today can be found: In New York opening his first Christian Siriano store.
Follow:  christianvsiriano.com and Twitter: @csiriano

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 5 – Leanne Marshall
Age:
32
Residence: Brooklyn, New York
Studied at: Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Known for: Making custom wedding gowns.
Accomplishments: Debuted a line at New York Fashion Week each Spring and Fall since Fall 2009. Heidi Klum and Paula Abdul both have commissioned her work.
Other Reality TV Appearances: None
Today can be found: In Brooklyn concentrating on her bridal line and blogging at petalsandwaves.blogspot.com.
Follow: leannemarshall.com and Twitter: @leannemarshall

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 6 – Irina Shabayeva
Age: 31
Residence: New York, New York
Studied at: Parsons School of Design
Known for: Being of Russian heritage and also being versatile in women’s design.
Accomplishments: Created a brand of women’s wear called Luxe that sells on Home Shopping Network. Specializes in custom bridal gowns. Also has done some big commission work: Selena Gomez wore a gown to the 2011 People’s Choice Awards. And Carrie Underwood wore her dress for album cover Blown Away.
Other Reality TV Appearances: None
Today can be found: Preparing to debut a collection of clothing and footwear for INC International Concepts that can be found in over 50 Macy’s stores starting on February 19, 2013.
Follow: irinashabayeva.com and Twitter: @irinashabayeva

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 7 – Seth Aaron Henderson
Age: 40ish
Residence: Vancouver, Washington
Studied at: He is self-taught.
Known for: Using recyclables and earth friendly textiles.
Accomplishments: Voted MY TV’s ‘Best Male Reality Star’ in 2010. In 2011 partnered with Maroo to release a line of iPad cases and covers. Provider of commentary to the following media outlets E!, Marie Claire, Style and Lifetime. Most recently released an organic clothing line with Earthtec.
Other Reality TV Appearances: Project Runway Casting Judge for Seasons 8, 9 and 10
Today can be found: Still designing and selling his latest products at annebocci.com.
Follow: sethaaronfashion.com and Facebook: facebook.com/sethaaron

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 8 – Gretchen Jones
Age: 30
Residence: Brooklyn, New York
Studied at: She is self-taught.
Known for: Working with natural materials and supporting local business, and what some may call being an old-fashioned hippie-ish.
Accomplishments: Created brand of clothing named after her self, Gretchen Jones Collection. Also created jewelry line.
Other Reality TV Appearances: None
Today can be found: Paying tribute to Joan Baez in her new Spring 2013 line and boasting about her Brooklyn nest by Fort Greene park.
Follow: gretchenjonesnyc.com and Twitter: @gretchen_jones

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 9 – Anya Ayoung-Chee
Age: 32ish
Residence: New York, New York
Studied at: Parsons School of Design and Central St Martins School of Art & Design
Known for: Her cool haircut (shaved sides), once being Miss Trinidad and Tabago and learning to sew just three months before appearing on Project Runway.
Accomplishments: Voted Project Runway Fan Favorite. Created fashion collections for show every season since her win. Accepted year-long position as travel ambassador for Trinidad and Tabago. Became engaged to long-time boyfriend and photographer Wyatt Gallery.
Other Reality TV Appearances: None
Today can be found: Trying to redefine the Caribbean as a fashion mecca while working on her beautiful flow-y dress designs.
Follow: anyaayoungchee.com Twitter: @anyaderogue

Project Runway Winners: Where Are They Now?

Season 10 – Dmitry Sholokhov
Age:
33
Residence: New York, New York
Studied at: Parsons School of Design
Known for: Once being a ballroom dancer, having a heavy accent (he’s originally from Belarus) and losing his job to be on the show.
Accomplishments: He just won so give him time. I’m sure we’ll hear more from him soon.
Other Reality TV Appearances: None
Today can be found: Enjoying his newfound winnings and fame, and settling into the New York scene.
Follow: dmitrysholokhov.com and Twitter: @dmitrysholokhov

Fun Facts:
– 5 men and 5 women have won Project Runway 
– 2 out of 8 winning designers were self-taught
– there are a total of 5 countries represented in the winner’s circle (making a great United Colors of Benneton ad, right?)
– Seth Aaron is the only winner to not have a Twitter account
– 2 winning males are married
– 1 winning female is engaged and 1 is married 

Who do you think will win Project Season 11? Or is it too early to tell? Tune into Lifetime at 9pm on Thursday nights to watch the Season 11 contestants fight for the winning title.

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Comments

  • Lynda Perky

    Thank you for this. I always wondered what happened after the show & how they are doing. Would love another featuring people we loved but were not great. Are they ok?