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Project Runway Season 1 Episodes

12 Episodes 2004 - 2005

For its first season, "Project Runway" brings together 12 aspiring fashion designers for a chance to win a label-launching mentorship program with Banana Republic, a fashion spread at ELLE Magazine, and $100,000 in cash. Each episode tests these designers' ingenuity through various themed challenges, with a budget and time limit. Supermodel Heidi Klum acts as host and head of the judging panel. Joining her as judges are top designer Michael Kors and renowned fashion journalist Nina Garcia. Tim Gunn, former fashion chair of Parsons the New School for Design, co-hosts the show and mentors the designers. Special guest judges include acclaimed costume designer Patricia Field ("The Devil Wears Prada") and actress Parker Posey ("Irrational Man").

Episode 1


Wed, Dec 1, 2004 60 mins

The cast of 12 aspiring fashion designers is selected and then challenged to create an innovative dress---using only grocery items. Also: the contestants acclimate to their working room at Parsons School of Design and their high-rise digs. Supermodel Heidi Klum hosts. Judges include Michael Kors, Nina Garcia and Patricia Field.

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Episode 2


Wed, Dec 8, 2004 60 mins

The 11 remaining contestants try to design an outfit based on a theme: envy. Then, they attempt to sell their designs to fashionistas at a silent auction. Heidi Klum hosts.

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Episode 3

Commercial Appeal

Wed, Dec 15, 2004 60 mins

The remaining ten designers are challenged to create a holiday dress.

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Episode 4


Wed, Jan 5, 2005 60 mins

The aspiring fashion designers try to create a punk look for rocker Sarah Hudson, which causes squabbling among the competitors. Heidi Klum hosts.

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Episode 5

"Model" Clients

Wed, Jan 12, 2005 60 mins

The designers are challenged to create a wedding dress.

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Episode 6

Making a Splash

Wed, Jan 19, 2005 60 mins

The designers are tasked to create swimsuits that double as party attire. The wearability of the designs is tested at a fashion-industry soiree.

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Episode 7

Design a Collection

Wed, Jan 26, 2005 60 mins

The six remaining designers work as a team to create an entire collection inspired by the year 2055. The catch: They must recycle vintage clothing for their looks.

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Episode 8

Postal Uniform Challenge

Wed, Feb 2, 2005 60 mins

The five remaining contestants try to design a new uniform for U.S. Postal Service mail carriers. Heidi Klum hosts.

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Episode 9

Design for the Red Carpet

Wed, Feb 9, 2005 60 mins

The four remaining designers must create a gown for entertainment reporter Nancy O'Dell, who wears the winner's dress to the Grammys.

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Episode 10

Reunion Special

Wed, Feb 16, 2005 60 mins

A collection of outtakes and memorable moments from previous episodes features new interviews with the contestants and judges. Included: contestants describe how the series has impacted their lives and careers.

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Episode 11


Wed, Feb 23, 2005 60 mins

In the first-season finale, the remaining three contestants present their lines in a runway showcase during New York Fashion Week. The winner receives $100,000. Heidi Klum hosts.

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Episode 12

Reunion Special

Mon, Jun 27, 2005 60 mins

The Season 1 seamsters reunite.

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