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Jay McCarroll won season one.
Known for not winning a single challenge during the entire competition — other than the actual finale, of course — Jay McCarroll was the unlikely champion of season one.
McCarroll has remained in the spotlight across a variety of platforms.
Post-“Project Runway,” McCarroll starred in “Project Jay,” which focused on his attempts to establish himself after his win.
McCarroll also starred in the documentary short “Eleven Minutes,” which followed the process of creating his 2006 New York Fashion Week collection.
He made headlines in 2010 when he won VH1’s “Celebrity Fit Club” after losing 40 pounds.
As for his design career in the entertainment industry, he was the stylist for two short films, “Red Skyes at Night: The Story of Flower” (2016) and “Fleur” (2017).
Dao is now a philanthropist who runs a clothing boutique.
After winning the second season of “Project Runway,” Dao returned to her hometown of Houston, Texas, to continue growing her already established boutique, Chloe DAO. She also partnered with QVC and sold her designs there for multiple years.
In 2014, she became an executive producer and judge on “Project Runway Vietnam.”
Dao is an active philanthropist, who’s partnered with organizations like the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Salvation Army of Houston. She also started an initiative to donate face masks to those in need amid the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2020, the designer worked on the fashion Zoom series “The Joy Hour” with fellow designer Jackie Adams. The webinars featured other leaders in the fashion industry.
Dao is currently running her popular boutique in Houston.
Sebelia has tried his hand at designing children’s clothing.
After “Project Runway,” he told New York Magazine in 2007 that he got a gig designing the costumes for the “Bratz” (2007) live-action movie. In the interview, he called the dolls “slutty” and, according to LA Weekly, this comment cost him the job.
Sebelia took a break from La Miniatura in 2013 to participate on the third season of “Project Runway: All Stars” — on which he placed seventh out of 11 contestants.
According to his website, Sebelia has also worked with clothing companies like Guess and Urban Outfitters.
Now, Siriano dresses the stars.
Since winning the competition, Siriano established his namesake line, Christian Siriano, and has continued to impress at New York Fashion Week since 2008.
In 2012, he opened his first boutique in New York, and, in 2013, he became a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America — a prestigious organization that strengthens the impact of designers.
He has served as a judge on “Project Runway Junior,” and he took over Tim Gunn’s role as mentor starting on season 17 of “Project Runway.”
The designer has also dressed a slew of celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Rihanna, Michelle Obama, Kim Kardashian, and Gigi Hadid, to name a few.
Marshall also dresses celebrities.
Since winning her season, Marshall has moved to New York City and developed her own line.
She’s also wowed at New York Fashion Week since 2008, and her flowy dresses have been worn by the likes of Ariana Grande, Solange, and Jackie Cruz.
In 2011, Marshall launched her signature bridal line, and she’s since become highly recognized for those gowns as well as her ready-to-wear designs.
She even designed her own wedding gown — as well as her maid of honor’s dress — for her own elopement in 2018.
More recently, Marshall showed her fall 2022 collection at Paris Fashion Week.
Shabayeva continues to design.
Since winning season six of “Project Runway,” Shabayeva has focused on her eponymous brand and has shown at several fashion weeks around the world.
In 2011, she launched a bridal collection exclusive to Kleinfeld, the famous New York bridal store featured on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress.” That same year, she launched her outerwear line LUXE by Irina.
In 2013, Shabayeva competed on season three of “Project Runway: All Stars” and placed sixth. She was also second runner-up on the recent seventh season in 2019.
The designer has dressed celebrities including Selena Gomez, Carrie Underwood, Madonna, Kelly Ripa, and Kelly Clarkson.
Henderson now focuses on sustainable fashion.
After his success within the “Project Runway” franchise, Henderson focused on sustainable fashion, working with brands such as Earthtec and SolarWorld.
His designs have attracted celebrity clientele like Lady Gaga, Grace Jones, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry.
He’s known for using organic fabrics and plastic bottles in his fashion lines, and in 2017, he partnered with the brand Feetz to release a line of 3D-printed shoes.
Henderson also competed on season seven of “Project Runway: All Stars” in 2019, but he went home early on and came in 13th place.
The designer is still making and selling clothes under his label.
Jones has backed away from designing. Instead, she’s focused her career on consulting.
After her “Project Runway” stint, Jones moved to Brooklyn where she ran her ready-to-wear women’s line, Gretchen Jones NYC.
Over the past 10 years, Jones has had the chance to work and partner with brands like REI, Converse, Little Sister Creative, and East Olivia.
Today, Jones has largely shifted her career from designing to consulting with her Weird Specialty company.
Ayoung-Chee now owns a successful boutique.
After winning the ninth season of “Project Runway,” Ayoung-Chee created a resort-wear clothing line. According to her website, she also manages a coworking space, a clothing boutique, and a café in Trinidad and Tobago.
Ayoung-Chee appeared as a mentor on the “Project Runway” spin-off series “Under the Gunn” back in 2014.
The designer also competed on season seven of “Project Runway: All Stars” in 2019 and came in 10th place.
Ayoung-Chee is still designing new collections under her label.
Sholokhov has his own clothing line.
After his wins, Sholokhov dedicated himself to his own line, which works mostly on private commissions.
After winning season 10 of “Project Runway” and season four of “Project Runway: All Stars,” the designer came in second place on the seventh season of “All Stars.”
In 2019, he tied with designer Sue Wong for fashion designer of the year at the Metropolitan Fashion Awards.
Sholokhov is currently working under his namesake label.
Streater is now designing T-shirts, scarves, and jackets.
After her success on “Project Runway,” she went on to win season five of “Project Runway: All Stars.”
Her label offers limited-edition T-shirts, scarves, and jackets for sale, as well as abstract paintings.
Tipton has continued designing and she’s worked with some notable brands.
After her “Project Runway” win, Tipton signed a contract with JCPenney to design and be the face of their plus-size boutique.
She has also designed for Simplicity, K and M Accessories, and has launched her own clothing and eyewear lines.
In 2020, Tipton announced on her YouTube channel that she was going to stop designing. Instead, she’s shifted to posting regular episodes of her YouTube series the “Love ‘YOU’ Show.”
In 2021, Tipton won the emerging-designer award at Fashion Week San Diego.
Robertson has had her designs appear in multiple magazines.
Her designs have appeared in publications like Marie Claire, Nylon, Teen Vogue, Forbes, and Elite Daily.
In 2018, Robertson collaborated with Starbursts and DDB Studio to create “The Pink Starburst Collection,” and she’s also worked with Jifei Ou at the MIT Media Lab to create pieces designed with 3D-printed fur.
In 2020, she partnered with MIT again to help judge innovative solutions for face masks and PPE through the institution’s Pandemic Response CoLab.
She continues to design and do other creative work, namely with her clothing line An-Erin.
Kameyama has already had successful runway shows since his win.
He’s already shown collections at LA, Paris, New York Fashion Weeks, and the ready-to-wear pieces are available for purchase on his website.
Kameyama also currently teaches and serves as chairman at The Fashion School of Los Angeles.
In 2021, he presented new designs at LA Fashion Week.
Outside of fashion, Kameyama is a classical pianist and composer.
Mac just won “Project Runway” in March 2020, so he hasn’t done much yet.
Before going on the show and winning in 2020, Mac was already pretty successful.
His designs have dressed celebrities like Bjork, Brooke Candy, Madonna, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, Icona Pop, and Kesha.
Shantall Lacayo is the most recent winner of “Project Runway” season 19.
The Nicaraguan designer wasn’t a stranger to the fashion world before competing on the Bravo show. Shantall Lacayo launched her brand, Shantall, in 2010, which according to its website, “has been committed to raising awareness of the beauty and history of Latin American makers.”
In 2022, she took home the big prize after the first all-female finale in “Project Runway” history.