The Best Project Runway Unconventional Materials Episodes

Voting Rules
Unconventional 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!

Photo: Lifetime

  • 1
    162 VOTES

    It's a Party

    It's a Party
    Photo: Lifetime

    Materials Used: Anything found in a party supply store. 

    Winner: Andy South 

    Sent Home: Sarah Trost 

    • Original Airing: August 12, 2010
    • Season: Project Runway - Season 8
    • Episode Number: 3
    162 votes
  • 2
    207 VOTES

    Candy Couture

    Candy Couture
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    Materials Used: Candy from Dylan's Candy Bar. 

    Winner: Ven Budhu 

    Sent Home: Lantie Foster

    • Original Airing: July 26, 2012
    • Season: Project Runway - Season 10
    • Episode Number: 2
    207 votes
  • 3
    185 VOTES

    Fashion Headliners

    Fashion Headliners
    Photo: Lifetime

    Materials Used: Newspaper.

    Winner: Irina Shabayeva 

    Sent Home: Johnny Sakalis 

    • Original Airing: September 17, 2009
    • Season: Project Runway - Season 6
    • Episode Number: 5
    185 votes
  • 4
    163 VOTES

    It's All in the Cards

    It's All in the Cards
    Photo: Lifetime

    Materials Used: Hallmark Cards 

    Winner: Edmond Newton 

    Sent Home: David Giampiccolo

    163 votes
  • 5
    156 VOTES

    Haute Tech Couture

    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
    156 votes
  • 6
    149 VOTES

    My Pet Project

    My Pet Project
    Photo: Lifetime

    Materials Used: Things from a pet supply store. 

    Winner: Olivier Green 

    Sent Home: Joshua Christensen

    • Original Airing: August 04, 2011
    • Season: Project Runway - Season 9
    • Episode Number: 2
    149 votes