This challenge starts with a major switch - the models will choose the designers. This weeks challenge will find the designers taking fashion icons that have helped shape the world of fashion over the last century and giving her a more modern look. Pictures of 10 fashion setters - from Twiggy to Cher to Jackie O. - are sitting in the work room where the models will select an icon for their designer. The key word is modernize, not replicate or make their design retro.
The winner of this challenge will win a Tresemme photo shoot for his/her model, wearing the designer's outfit, to be published in an upcoming issue of ELLE magazine.
Eager to give aspiring designers a chance to break into the notoriously difficult-to-crack fashion world, supermodel Heidi Klum will once again head a panel of industry luminaries, including top women's and men's wear designer Michael Kors and Elle Magazine fashion director Nina Garcia, who will serve as judges and industry mentors charged with selecting and molding the budding designers. There will also be guest judges each week based on the specific challenge. Tim Gunn, Chair of the Parsons The New School For Design, will return to guide the contestants through each of their challenges.
The winning designer will walk away with $100,000 in seed money to help them launch their own line. The winner's designs will be featured in a spread in ELLE, photographed by the magazine's world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon. They will also receive a mentorship from the Banana Republic Design Team.
Project Runway - Iconic Statement Synopsis and Schedule