Project Runway is famous for its meltdowns, teardowns, fashion faux pas, and moments of total zany brilliance. Nothing reveals which designers are destined to be in and which are already out more than the show's famous 'unconventional materials' challenges. Whether designers are being dropped in the middle of a pet store, or told to make clothes out of burlap sacks, plastic tubing, and corn husks, it's always fascinating to watch.
Over the years Project Runway has delivered some truly insane challenges. On their way to be the next Alexander McQueen, hopefuls have had to play with everything from Hallmark cards to candy to actual trash. Some designers sank, some swam, some sweated it, and there were even some tears. Which season had the best Project Runway unconventional materials episode? Cast your votes below!
Materials used: Whatever they found in the grocery store.
Winner: Austin Scarlet
Sent Home: Daniel Franco
Original Airing: December 1, 2004
Season: Project Runway - Season 1
Episode Number: 1see more on Innovation
Materials Used: Newspaper.
Winner: Irina Shabayeva
Sent Home: Johnny Sakalis
Original Airing: Sep 17 2009
Season: Project Runway - Season 6
Episode Number: 5see more on Fashion Headliners
Materials Used: Candy from Dylan's Candy Bar.
Winner: Ven Budhu
Sent Home: Lantie Foster
Original Airing: Jul 26 2012
Season: Project Runway - Season 10
Episode Number: 2see more on Candy Couture
Haute Tech Couture
Materials used: Old tech stuff from a junkyard. Like floppy disks and circuit boards and wires and tubes.
Winner: Kelly Dempsey
Sent Home: Joseph Charles Poli
Original Airing: September 17, 2015
Season: Project Runway - Season 14
Episode Number: 7
It's All in the Cards
Materials Used: Hallmark Cards
Winner: Edmond Newton
Sent Home: David Giampiccolo
It's a Party
Materials Used: Anything found in a party supply store.
Winner: Andy South
Sent Home: Sarah Trost
Original Airing: Aug 12 2010
Season: Project Runway - Season 8
Episode Number: 3see more on It's a Party
Materials used: Any natural materials from the New York Flower District.
Winner: Daniel Vosovic
Sent Home: Andrae Gonzlo
Original Airing: February 1, 2006
Season: Project Runway - Season 2
Episode Number: 9see more on Flower Power
My Pet Project
Materials Used: Things from a pet supply store.
Winner: Olivier Green
Sent Home: Joshua Christensen
Original Airing: Aug 04 2011
Season: Project Runway - Season 9
Episode Number: 2see more on My Pet Project