|Project Runway (season 6)|
Runway Season 6 contestants
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||14|
August 20 – November 19, 2009
|Filming dates||September 2008 – February 2009|
|No. of contestants||16|
|No. of tasks||13|
The sixth season of Project Runway, a reality competition show about fashion design, premiered on Lifetime on August 20, 2009, the first season to be aired on that network. The production of this season started in September 2008 and finished the pre-finale filming on October 17, 2008. It is the only season of Project Runway filmed at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
Returning as judges are supermodel Heidi Klum, fashion designer Michael Kors, and Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia. Tim Gunn returned as a mentor to the aspiring designers. This is the second season which consisted of all female finalists.
The winner of this season of Project Runway, Irina Shabayeva, received an editorial feature in an issue of Marie Claire magazine, a cash prize of $100,000 to start her own line, and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Paris. Furthermore, the winning model of this season, Kalyn Hemphill, received a $25,000 cash prize from L’Oreal and took part in the winning designer's fashion spread in Marie Claire.
The premiere was preceded by a two-hour special episode of Project Runway: All-Star Challenge where eight past contestants (Daniel Vosovic, Santino Rice, Jeffrey Sebelia, Uli Herzner, Mychael Knight, Chris March, Sweet P, and Korto Momolu) competed in one challenge with a cash prize of $100,000. Vosovic won the challenge, while Momolu came in second place, Sweet P in third, and March in fourth.
Gordana Gehlhausen later appeared in Project Runway: All Stars in 2012, where she finished 11th out of 13. Althea Harper, in the same year, competed in the second season of the All Stars edition placing 8th out of 13. In 2013, Irina Shabayeva competed in the third season of All Stars, placing 6th of 11.
|Name||Age||Place of residence||Place finished|
|Ari Fish||25||Kansas City, Missouri||16th|
|Malvin Vien||23||Brooklyn, New York||15th|
|Mitchell Hall||25||Savannah, Georgia||14th|
|Qristyl Frazier||41||Brooklyn, New York||13th|
|Johnny Sakalis||29||West Hollywood, California||12th|
|Ra'mon Lawrence Coleman||30||Chicago, Illinois||11th|
|Louise Black||31||Dallas, Texas||10th|
|Rodney Epperson||49||New York, New York||9th|
|Shirin Askari||23||Richardson, Texas||8th|
|Nicolas Putvinski||26||New York, New York||7th|
|Logan Neitzel||25||Seattle, Washington||6th|
|Christopher Straub||29||Shakopee, Minnesota||5th|
|Gordana Gehlhausen||44||Charleston, South Carolina||4th|
|Carol Hannah Whitfield||23||Charleston, South Carolina||3rd|
|Althea Harper||23||Dayton, Ohio||Runner-up|
|Irina Shabayeva||26||New York, New York||Winner|
|Name||Age||From||Place of residence||Place finished|
|Yosuzi Sylvester||21||Venezuela||Los Angeles, California||16th|
|Erika Macke||21||United States||Las Vegas, Nevada||15th(Withdrew)|
|Erica Milde||23||United States||Chicago, Illinois||14th|
|Valerie Roy||27||United States||New York, New York||13th|
|Emarie Wiltz||29||United States||New York, New York||12th|
|Fatma Dabo||25||Gambia||Los Angeles, California||11th|
|Vanessa Fitzgerald||20||United States||New York, New York||10th|
|Tara Egan||21||United States||Chicago, Illinois||9th|
|Ebony Jointer||19||United States||Hacienda Heights, California||8th|
|Celine Chua||28||Singapore||New York, New York||7th|
|Kojii Helnwein||25||Ireland||Los Angeles, California||6th|
|Katie Sticksel||22||United States||Los Angeles, California||5th|
|Matar Cohen||24||Israel||New York, New York||4th|
|Lisa Blades||24||United States||Los Angeles, California||3rd|
|Tanisha Harper||28||United States||Los Angeles, California||Runner-up|
|Kalyn Hemphill||19||United States||New York, New York||Winner|
|Irina||IN||IN||HIGH||IN||WIN||IN||WIN||HIGH||IN||WIN||HIGH||ADV||WINNER||14 - Finale, Part 2|
|Carol Hannah||IN||HIGH||IN||HIGH||IN||IN||HIGH||IN||WIN||HIGH||HIGH||ADV||3RD PLACE|
|Christopher||WIN||IN||IN||IN||HIGH||HIGH||LOW||LOW||LOW||LOW||LOW||OUT||12 - The Art of Fashion|
|Logan||IN||IN||IN||LOW||IN||IN||IN||LOW||LOW||LOW||OUT||11 - The Best of the Best|
|Nicolas||IN||IN||LOW||IN||LOW||WIN||IN1||IN||HIGH||OUT||10 - Around the World in Two Days|
|Shirin||IN||WIN||IN||IN||IN||IN||HIGH||HIGH||OUT||9 - Sequins, Feathers and Fur, Oh My!|
|Epperson||IN||IN||LOW||HIGH||IN||HIGH||LOW||OUT||8 - A Fashionable New Beginning|
|Louise||IN||HIGH||IN||IN||IN||LOW||OUT||7 - The Sky Is the Limit|
|Ra'mon||HIGH||LOW||WIN||IN||IN||OUT||6 - Lights, Camera, Sew!|
|Johnny||HIGH||IN||HIGH||LOW||OUT||5 - Fashion Headliners|
|Qristyl||LOW||IN||LOW||OUT||4 - What a Woman Wants|
|Mitchell||LOW||LOW||OUT||3 - Rumble on the Runway|
|Malvin||IN||OUT||2 - We Expect Fashion|
|Ari||OUT||1 - Welcome to Los Angeles!|
|Kalyn||QF||MH||IS||IS||IS||IS||NP||NP||NP||IS||IS||IS||WINNER (IS)||14 - That's a Wrap!
13 - Bryant Park Bound
|Matar||NP||SA||QF||RE||RE||RE||GG||GG||GG||CS||GG||GG||OUT||12 - NY Here We Come!|
|Kojii||CW||CW||LN||LN||LN||LN||LB||RE||LN||NP||LN||OUT||11 - It's a Sticky Situation|
|Celine||IS||IS||NP||NP||NP||NP||CS||LN||IS||LN||OUT||10 - Burlesque Babies|
|Ebony||SA||NP||SA||SA||SA||SA||CW||SA||SA||OUT||9 - Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow|
|Tara||GG||GG||GG||GG||GG||GG||AH||AH||OUT||8 - A Fresh Start|
|Vanessa||RC||RC||RC||RC||RC||RC||SA||OUT||7 - You're My Pumpkin Pie|
|Fatma||LN||LN||MH||LB||LB||LB||OUT||6 - Hot Mess|
|Emarie||JS||JS||JS||JS||JS||OUT||5 - Chic Clique|
|Valerie||MV||MV||CW6||QF||OUT||4 - It's My Party and I'll Wear What I Want To|
|Erica||RE||RE||RE||OUT||3 - Frenemies|
|Erika||AF||QF||WD6||2 - They Love Me, They Love Me Not|
|Yosuzi||MH||OUT||1 - Off the Runway|
Original Airdate: August 20, 2009
The designers were asked to create a dress made for a red carpet event, focusing on innovation on their creation and making a statement on who they are as a designer. They were preassigned models for their challenge, given 30 minutes to sketch their design, a 30-minute shopping spree at Mood with a budget of $200, and two days to complete their design.
Original Airdate: August 27, 2009
Designers were to create a pregnancy look for supermodel Rebecca Romijn, who was carrying twins. She was looking for something that was fashionable and easy to move in, but also something appropriate for a pregnant woman to wear out in public. Designers were given 30 minutes to sketch, a 30-minute shopping spree at Mood with a budget of $100, and two days to complete the look. The prize for the winning designer was immunity for the next challenge.
Original Airdate: September 3, 2009
The designers were taken to the beach, where they were told to create a fashionable, surfer-inspired outfit, and were placed in teams of two. Tim drew the names of team leaders via a random lotto; those team leaders then selected their partners in the order they were chosen, as follows:
|1||Shirin and Carol Hannah|
|2||Logan and Christopher|
|3||Nicolas and Gordana|
|4||Mitchell and Ra'mon|
|5||Althea and Louise|
|6||Qristyl and Epperson|
|7||Johnny and Irina|
Later on in the challenge, it was revealed that they would also be creating an avant-garde look inspired by their ready-to-wear, surfer-inspired outfit. They had $50 for the first look and $200 for the second. Most of the episode focused on Qristyl and Epperson, who had trouble getting along, and Mitchell and Ra'mon; Mitchell had trouble keeping on task, which caused Ra'mon to have to create both looks mostly on his own. At judging, Qristyl and Mitchell were in the bottom two, Qristyl for not being able to lead her team and Mitchell for not doing anything.
Original Airdate: September 10, 2009
The designers were challenged to create an eye-catching outfit to please their surprise client: their models. This outfit is intended for model industry events. Designers were given a budget of $100 to shop at Mood, and a day to complete the look. The winning designer would have immunity for the next challenge.
Original Airdate: September 17, 2009
Designers were taken to the Los Angeles Times, and were challenged to create an outfit made out of newspaper. They had three minutes to grab the newspaper they desired to use for design and then completed the look in a day. Designers were provided with paints and could use muslin, which could not be shown on the runway, for infrastructure. The winner would have immunity for the next challenge.
Original Airdate: September 24, 2009
Designers were challenged to create a movie character and design a look inspired by different movie genres for this character. Due to Irina's win in the last challenge (and the odd number of remaining contestants), Tim allowed her to choose whichever genre she desired. After that, two people were allotted per genre. Tim chose their names out of a bag at random.
The designers and their genres were as follows:
|Action/Adventure||Carol Hannah, Logan|
|Film Noir||Althea, Irina, Louise|
|Period Piece||Christopher, Gordana|
They were given $150 and a day to complete their designs. The winner received immunity for the next challenge. The judges praised Nicolas, Epperson, and Christopher for their creativity and the ideas behind their muses. Meanwhile, Gordana and Louise were criticized for a lack of creativity, while Ra'mon's dress showed a lack of craftsmanship. It was this, along with his fabric selection, that got him eliminated.
Original Airdate: October 1, 2009
Designers were challenged to create two garments for Macy's; both had to be blue and fit in with Macy's exclusive I⋅N⋅C International Concepts line of clothing. Designers had to pitch ideas to Macy's executive Martine Reardon, who chose five designers' ideas for completion. The designers then had to work in pairs; team leaders were the designers with the favored sketches, who then chose their partners in the following order when Tim selected their name from a bag at random. The leaders and their partners, respectively, were:
|1||Althea and Logan|
|2||Christopher and Epperson|
|3||Louise and Nicolas|
|4||Irina and Gordana|
|5||Carol Hannah and Shirin|
The winner of this challenge would not receive immunity, but would instead make a holiday dress to be sold in select Macy's stores nationwide and on Macy's.com. There was a suggested possibility for one or more people to go home. Had two people gone home, Christopher would have been the other
Original Airdate: October 8, 2009
Designers were challenged to reconstruct a divorcée's wedding gown and turn it into a new dress. Each designer was allocated a divorcée, who fed their respective designers ideas on how to translate their gowns. They were given $25 to spend at Mood and were allowed to buy a maximum of two yards of fabric. The challenge ended at midnight. The winner of the challenge received the last immunity for the remainder of the season's challenges.
Original Airdate: October 15, 2009
The designers were required to make a dazzling and show-stopping stage look for guest judge Christina Aguilera. This outfit was intended to catch the attention of the audience in the back of the theater, as well as appear chic on camera close-ups. They were given budget of $300 and two days to complete their designs. The winner would no longer be granted immunity from this point forth.
Original Airdate: October 22, 2009
For this challenge, the designers embarked on a trip to the Michael Kors boutique, where Kors briefed them about drawing inspiration from seven select locales around the world. Designers chose in the following order, beginning with Carol Hannah as a benefit from her previous win:
|Palm Beach, Florida||Carol Hannah|
|New York City||Gordana|
|Santa Fe, New Mexico||Christopher|
They were given $150 to shop at Mood and one day to complete their looks.
Original Airdate: October 29, 2009
Before being presented with their challenge, the designers were required to be facing away from the runway. When Heidi emerged, they were surprised to see looks of theirs from previous challenges. They were asked to create a companion piece from their winning look. (Irina, who has three wins as of this episode, was given her most recent look; Logan, who has never won or been in the top before, was presented with his first look by default.) The designers were given $100 to shop at Mood and one day to complete their outfits. In the workroom, Althea noticed Logan was creating a similar collar to that of her top three design from Episode 9. On the runway, Irina insinuated that Althea's coat was inspired by Irina's previous winning look, but the judges ignored this complaint and awarded Althea the win.
Original Airdate: November 5, 2009
For their final runway challenge before New York Fashion Week, the designers embarked to Los Angeles's famed Getty Center (a portion of the J. Paul Getty Museum), where they were greeted by Tim and the mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa. After the mayor greeted them, Tim explained that their challenge would be to draw inspiration from any location in and around the Getty Center. After 30 minutes of browsing (with their models in tow as muses) and 30 minutes of sketching, they were given $300 to shop at Mood for the final time. On the runway, no concise top or bottom was indicated. Rather, the judges had compliments and criticisms for all. Heidi then asked each designer to explain why they felt they were worthy of making it to Bryant Park and which two designers they would take with them. There was no one winner for this challenge; instead, each designer was either advanced to the final round or eliminated. However, the magazine featuring the winner featured Carol Hannah.
Original Airdate: November 12, 2009
For part 1 of the finale, Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn sent the remaining contestants (Irina, Carol Hannah and Althea) home with $9000 and ten weeks to create a 12-piece collection. The narrative shifts to a few weeks later when Tim Gunn arrives at the contestants' homes to critique their collections. In addition to providing an outside opinion, he also joins each contestant for a meal with their friends and family. Ten days before New York Fashion Week, Tim calls Irina to inform her that the images that she is using for her collection are copyrighted and cannot be used. The week before Bryant Park, Althea and Irina arrive in New York; Tim arrives later to inform them that Carol Hannah has fallen ill with a stomach virus, although she feels better and joins them in the workroom the next day. The three, over the course of the next week, pick models and finish their collections before Heidi and Tim arrive with a surprise: they must create, complete and integrate one more piece into their collection. Previous contestants Gordana, Logan and Christopher arrive to help them. The show ends with Carol Hannah falling ill once again.
|1||Althea and Logan|
|2||Irina and Gordana|
|3||Carol Hannah and Christopher|
Original Airdate: November 19, 2009