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The Best Project Runway Unconventional Materials Episodes

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List RulesUnconventional materials challenge episodes only. Vote up the best and most creative of them all!

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!

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    Candy Couture

    Photo: Lifetime

    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: 2
    • Series: Project Runway
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    Fashion Headliners

    Photo: Lifetime

    Materials Used: Newspaper.

    Winner: Irina Shabayeva 

    Sent Home: Johnny Sakalis 

    • Original Airing: Sep 17 2009
    • Season: Project Runway - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 5
    • Series: Project Runway
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    It's a Party

    Photo: Lifetime

    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: 3
    • Series: Project Runway
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    Haute Tech Couture

    Photo: Lifetime

    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
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