Project Runway (season 7)

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Project Runway
Season 7
Runway Season 7 contestants
No. of tasks11
No. of contestants16
WinnerSeth Aaron Henderson
Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes15
Original networkLifetime
Original releaseJanuary 14 (2010-01-14) –
April 22, 2010 (2010-04-22)
Additional information
Filming datesJune 2009 –
July 2009 & February 2010
Season chronology
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Season 8

Project Runway Season 7 is the seventh season of the television show Project Runway. The first episode aired on January 14, 2010, on Lifetime.[1]

Season 7 featured the return of the show to New York City, following a move to Los Angeles for Season 6.

Returning as judges are supermodel Heidi Klum, fashion designer Michael Kors, and Marie Claire fashion director Nina Garcia. Tim Gunn returned as a mentor to the aspiring designers.

The winner of this season of Project Runway will receive an editorial feature in an issue of Marie Claire magazine, a cash prize of $100,000 to start his or her own line, an opportunity to sell the line on, and a $50,000 technology suite from Hewlett-Packard to create, design, and run his or her business. The winning model of this season will receive a $25,000 cash prize and take part in the winning designer's fashion spread in Marie Claire.

In 2012, Anthony Williams and Mila Hermanovski competed on Project Runway All Stars (season 1), with Anthony placing 9th and Mila placing 6th of 13.

Also in 2012, Emilio Sosa competed on Project Runway All Stars (season 2) and again was the runner-up.

In 2013, Seth Aaron Henderson competed in Project Runway All Stars (season 3) and won the competition.

In 2014, Jay Sario competed in Project Runway All Stars (season 4) placing 6th of 14.

In 2018, Anthony Williams once again competed on Project Runway All Stars (season 6) and won the competition.

In 2019, Seth Aaron Henderson returned for a third time to compete on Project Runway All Stars (season 7) against worldwide Project Runway winners. Seth Aaron placed 13th of 14.

In 2023, Mila Hermanovski competed on Project Runway (season 20), placing 13th of 14.


Contestant Age Hometown Finish Outcome
Christiane King 30 Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire Episode 1 16
Pamela Ptak 47 Pittsfield, Massachusetts Episode 2 15
Ping Wu 34 Chengdu, China Episode 3 14
Jesus Estrada 21 Mazatlán, Sinaloa Episode 4 13
Anna Lynett 23 Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin Episode 5 12
Janeane Marie Ceccanti 27 Willows, California Episode 6 11
Jesse LeNoir 25 Painesville, Ohio Episode 7 10
Ben Chmura 30 Meriden, Connecticut Episode 8 9
Amy Sarabi 25 Plano, Texas Episode 9 8
Maya Luz 21 Santa Fe, New Mexico Episode 11 7 (quit)
Jonathan Peters 29 Woonsocket, Rhode Island 6
Anthony Williams * 28 Birmingham, Alabama Episode 12 5
Jay Nicolas Sario 31 Manila, Philippines Episode 13 4
Mila Hermanovski 40 Dallas, Texas Episode 14 3
Emilio Sosa 43 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic 2
Seth Aaron Henderson 38 San Diego, California 1
  • Anthony was originally eliminated after Amy, but returned to the competition following Maya's withdrawal


Model Hometown Age Place Finished
Kelly Gervais Livingston, New Jersey 19 16th
Elizaveta Melnitchenko Salzburg, Austria 19 15th
Sophia Lee Taipei, Taiwan 26 14th
Sarah Bell Cincinnati, Ohio 22 13th
Kasey Ashcraft Salisbury, Maryland 24 12th
Megan Davis Des Moines, Iowa 19 11th
Alexis Broker Denver, Colorado 25 10th
Alison Gingerich Leesburg, Ohio 23 9th
Holly Ridings Roscoe, Illinois 24 8th
Valeria Leonova Tula, Russia 23 7th (Quit)
Cerri McQuillan Dublin, Ireland 23 6th
Monique Darton Brainerd, Minnesota 24 5th
Brittany Oldehoff Fort Lauderdale, Florida 20 4th
Brandise Danesewich Saskatchewan, Canada 32 3rd
Lorena Angjeli Tirana, Albania 20 Runner-up
Kristina Sajko Zagreb, Croatia 29 Winner


Designer Elimination Table
Designers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 1 10 11 2 12 3 13 4 14 Eliminated Episode
Anthony LOW IN LOW IN WIN IN LOW IN HIGH OUT WIN OUT 12 – The Big, Top Designers
Jonathan IN IN HIGH IN IN LOW IN WIN LOW LOW OUT 11 – Sew Much Pressure
Amy IN HIGH IN WIN IN LOW IN LOW OUT 9 – Takin' It To The Streets
Ben IN IN IN IN HIGH IN IN OUT 8 – The Elements of Fashion
Jesse IN IN LOW LOW IN HIGH OUT 7 – Hard Wear
Janeane IN IN IN IN LOW OUT 6 – A Little Bit of Fashion
Anna IN IN IN LOW OUT 5 – Run For Cover
Jesus LOW LOW IN OUT 4 – Design Your Heart Out
Ping HIGH LOW OUT 3 – High's and Low's of Fashion
Pamela IN OUT 2 – The Fashion Farm
Christiane OUT 1 – Back to New York
  • ^Note 1 : Team Emilio and Seth Aaron co-won Episode 9, for the first time since Season 2.
  • ^Note 2 : Maya withdrew for personal reasons at the beginning of Episode 11. Anthony, who was originally eliminated in Episode 10, was brought back to take her place. Also, two winners were chosen for this challenge: Emilio and Anthony. Each of their dresses will be worn on the red carpet by Heidi Klum and Jessica Alba. This is the first time two designers won a single challenge yet were not a team.
  • ^Note 3 : Emilio was advanced to fashion week first during the judging session. Seth Aaron was also advanced to fashion week. Jay and Mila will both create collections for fashion week, however only one will advance to compete at Bryant Park with Emilio and Seth Aaron.
  • ^Note 4 : Jay and Mila each presented three looks to the judges. After much deliberation, they concluded that Mila was more ready to show at fashion week than Jay. She advanced to the finale, and Jay was consequently eliminated.
  The designer won Project Runway Season 7.
  The designer was advanced to Fashion Week.
  The designer won the challenge.
  The designer came in second but did not win the challenge.
  The designer had one of the highest scores for that challenge, but did not win.
  The designer had one of the lowest scores for that challenge, but was not eliminated.
  The designer was in the bottom two, but was not eliminated.
  The designer lost and was out of the competition.
  The designer withdrew from the competition.

Models of the Runway[edit]

Model Elimination Table5
Model 1 26 311 47 5 68 7 8 91112 10 11 12 1310 14 Episode
Kristina SH SH AW SH AW AW AW AW MH AW MH SH SH WINNER (SH) 14 – Finale, part 2
Brittany JE JE JC JE ES JC JS JS JS JS JS JS JS OUT 13 – Finale, part 1
Monique ML ML JP JS JS JS AS ES AW ML AW AW OUT 12 – What Do You Mean, I'm Not Going to Bryant Park...?
Cerri AL AL AL AL AL MH JP JP JP JP SH OUT 11 – Second Chances
Valeria AS JC ML JC SH SH SH SH SH SH WD9 10 – Should I Stay or Should I Go?
Holly ES ES AS ES AS ES ES AS AS OUT 9 – To Pick Me or Not to Pick Me
Alison AW AS ES JP JP AS BC BC OUT 8 – It’s a Hairy Situation
Alexis MH AW BC BC JL JL JL OUT 7 – Hard to Wear
Megan JL JL JL JL ML ML OUT 6 – Role Models
Kasey JS JS JS AS JC OUT 5 – I'm Ready for My Close-Up
Sarah PP PP SH AW OUT 4 – Heart to Heart
Sophia BC BC JE OUT 3 – Modeling Difficulties
Elizaveta PW PW OUT 2 – Excuse Me, Is My Butt Showing
Kelly CK OUT 1 – Walk This Way
  • ^Note 5 : The aftershow "Models of the Runway" fully reveals the eliminated model of a future challenge.
  • ^Note 6 : The table does not show the results of the designers' model pick, in which everyone kept the same model, but the start of Project Runway episode 2, in which the models chose the designers. Alexis switched from Mila to Anthony, causing Alison and Valeria to have to switch and leaving Lorena with Mila
  • ^Note 7 : In place of the models, a group of women with heart disease modeled the designs. Colored boxes in this column refer to the models assigned to the winning and losing designers.
  • ^Note 8 : In this episode the models walk the runway with 5- to 9-year-old girls.
  • ^Note 9 : Cerri was originally eliminated in Episode 10; however, she was brought back after Valeria, Seth Aaron's model, voluntarily withdrew to accept a job at Donna Karan.
  • ^Note 10 : Only Brandise and Brittany walked the runway because their designers Mila and Jay had to compete for the final slot at Fashion Week.
  • ^Note 11 : In this challenge designers worked in pairs, and some models wore looks designed by their designers' teammate.
  • ^Note 12 :Holly was paired with eliminated designer Amy, but it was actually Cerri who wore the losing design.
  The model won Project Runway Season 7.
  The model wore the winning design that challenge.
  The model wore the losing design that challenge.
  The model was eliminated.
  The model was brought back into the competition.
  The model withdrew from the competition.

Designer legend

  • Amy: AS
  • Anna: AL
  • Anthony: AW
  • Ben: BC
  • Christiane: CK
  • Emilio: ES
  • Janeane: JC
  • Jay: JS
  • Jesse: JL
  • Jesus: JE
  • Jonathan: JP
  • Maya: ML
  • Mila: MH
  • Pamela: PP
  • Ping: PW
  • Seth Aaron: SH


Episode 1: Back to New York[edit]

Original Airdate: January 14, 2010

The designers were asked to create a garment that represents who they are as a designer. They selected five fabrics each from a wide selection provided by Mood. The designers were preassigned models for their challenge and given one day to complete their design.

  • Guest Judge: Nicole Richie
    • WINNER: Emilio
    • BOTTOM TWO: Christiane King & Jesus Estrada
    • ELIMINATED: Christiane

Episode 2: The Fashion Farm[edit]

Original Airdate: January 21, 2010

The designers were asked to create a party look from a burlap potato sack for their models to wear to an industry event. As the clients for this round, the models were allowed to choose their designers.

  • Guest Judge: Lauren Hutton
    • WINNER: Jay
    • BOTTOM TWO: Pamela Ptak & Jesus Estrada
    • ELIMINATED: Pamela

Episode 3: The Highs and Lows of Fashion[edit]

Original Airdate: January 28, 2010

The designers were taken to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and shown ten iconic looks by famous designers such as Yves Saint Laurent, Christian Dior, Madame Grès, and Cristóbal Balenciaga. They were then asked to create a high-end signature look worthy of a master collection. The designers were placed in teams of two and given $500 per team to create their looks. As the winner of the last challenge, Jay was automatically a team leader. Tim drew the names of the other team leaders via a random lottery; those team leaders then selected their partners in the order they were chosen, as indicated in the table below.

On the second day of the challenge, the teams were asked to create a second "look for less", using only 10% of the budget for the first look and inspired by the signature look of one of the other teams. Heidi mentioned, when about to eliminate one of the bottom four designers, that two of them might be out.

Team Team Members Second Look Inspired by
1 Jay and Maya Janeane and Ben
2 Jesus and Amy Ping and Jesse
3 Anthony and Seth Aaron Jesus and Amy
4 Janeane and Ben Mila and Jonathan
5 Mila and Jonathan Anthony and Seth Aaron
6 Ping and Jesse Emilio and Anna
7 Emilio and Anna Jay and Maya
  • Guest Judge: Matthew Williamson
    • WINNER: Mila
    • BOTTOM TWO: Anthony Willams & Ping Wu
    • ELIMINATED: Ping

Episode 4: Design Your Heart Out[edit]

Original Airdate: February 4, 2010

The designers were asked to design a look for a Fashion Week gala. The looks were required to feature the color red and elements with Campbell's branding, and were modeled by women who had been impacted by heart disease. Designers had a budget of $100 to purchase fabrics and other elements and one day of time to finish the design. The winning garment was produced and sold on, with proceeds going to the American Heart Association.

  • Guest Judge: Georgina Chapman
    • WINNER: Amy
    • BOTTOM TWO: Anna Lynett& Jesus Estrada
    • ELIMINATED: Jesus

Episode 5: Run for Cover[edit]

Original Airdate: February 11, 2010

The designers were asked to design an outfit for the cover of Marie Claire magazine. The winning design was worn by Heidi Klum on the cover of the April 2010 issue.

  • Guest Judge: Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Marie Claire
    • WINNER: Anthony
    • ELIMINATED: Anna

Episode 6: A Little Bit of Fashion[edit]

Original Airdate: February 18, 2010

The designers were asked to create a fashionable children's look to be modeled by a group of girls aged 5–9. Later the designers were asked to create an additional companion look for their adult models.

  • Guest Judge: Tory Burch
    • WINNER: Seth Aaron
    • ELIMINATED: Janeane

Episode 7: Hard Wear[edit]

Original Airdate: March 4, 2010

The designers were asked to create an innovative look and an accessory from materials sourced from a hardware store.

  • Guest Judges: Isabel Toledo and Stephen Webster, jewelry designer
    • WINNER: Jay
    • ELIMINATED: Jesse

Episode 8: The Elements of Fashion[edit]

Original Airdate: March 11, 2010

The designers were asked to create a look inspired by one of the four classical elements: Earth, Water, Air, and Fire.

As the winner of the last challenge, Jay was allowed to choose his own element. After that, two designers were allotted to each element. The designers got to choose their element in the order in which Tim drew their names out of a bag.

The designers and their elements were as follows:

Element Designers
Earth Mila, Emilio
Water Maya, Ben
Air Jay, Jonathan, Seth Aaron
Fire Anthony, Amy

Episode 9: Takin' It To The Streets[edit]

Original Airdate: March 18, 2010

The designers were asked to create looks inspired by a distinctive New York City neighborhood. They were divided into four teams of two, with Tim drawing the names of team leaders at random. Each team was responsible for creating a day look and an evening look.

The teams and their neighborhoods were as follows (team leaders are named first):

Neighborhood Team Members
Chinatown Anthony and Maya
East Village Jay and Mila
Upper East Side Amy and Jonathan
Harlem Emilio and Seth Aaron

Episode 10: Hey, That's My Fabric[edit]

Original Airdate: March 25, 2010

The designers were asked to design and create their own print fabric as the basis for their looks.

  • Guest Judge: Vivienne Tam
    • WINNER: Emilio
    • ELIMINATED: Anthony

Episode 11: Sew Much Pressure[edit]

Original Airdate: April 1, 2010

The designers were asked to create a red-carpet look for Heidi Klum.

Maya chose to withdraw from the competition because she felt that she was too young and was not developed enough as a designer. Since Maya withdrew from the competition, Anthony was brought back, and won the challenge along with Emilio.

  • Guest Judge: Jessica Alba
    • WINNERS: Emilio and Anthony
    • ELIMINATED: Jonathan
    • WITHDREW: Maya

This challenge marked a record-breaking third consecutive win for Emilio.

Episode 12: The Big, Top Designers[edit]

Original Airdate: April 8, 2010

The designers were asked to create a look inspired by the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

  • Guest Judge: Cynthia Rowley
    • ADVANCED: Emilio and Seth Aaron
    • ELIMINATED: Anthony

Jay and Mila were both kept in the competition and asked to design collections, but only one of them would show at Fashion Week. This challenge boosted Emilio's own record from three consecutive wins to four.

Episode 13: Finale – Part 1[edit]

Original Airdate: April 15, 2010

Four designers were given budget of $9000 and four months to finish a ten piece collection for New York Fashion Week. Tim Gunn visited the four remaining designers as they worked on their collections at home. When the designers returned to New York, Mila and Jay were asked to show three looks on the runway for the judges to decide which one of them would show at Fashion Week.

  • ADVANCED: Mila
  • Had Jay been chosen rather than Mila, there would have been an all-male final following two all-female ones.

Episode 14: Finale – Part 2[edit]

Original Airdate: April 22, 2010

Three finalists work the last part of preparation, including model casting and hair and makeup counseling, for the final New York Fashion Week. Each showed their collection at Fashion Week before the winner of Project Runway Season 7 was announced. Although not televised, all the seasons contestants showed collections to prevent the audience from leaking the identities of the three finalists.[3]

  • Guest Judge: Faith Hill
  • WINNER: Seth Aaron
  • ELIMINATED: Mila and Emilio

Episode 15: Reunion Special[edit]

Original Airdate: April 22, 2010

A half-hour show after airing of Project Runway Season 7 Finale, hosted by Tim Gunn and Nina Garcia. All 16 designers and 16 models gathered together to talk about the events on the show and off camera scenes. There are a few highlights in this reunion episode: Designers being disloyal to their models, the conflict between Ping and Jesse, Anthony's controversial comments about Mila, Cerri's negative comments about Jay's design, Maya's withdrawal from competition, and others. Maya was also awarded the Fan Favourite prize.


  1. ^ Archived 2009-12-19 at the Wayback Machine Accessed on December 17, 2009
  2. ^ "Lifetime reveals 'Project Runway' and 'Models of the Runway' models". Reality TV World.
  3. ^ "'Runway' Show Turns into a Maze of Faces" (February 13, 2010) Anderson Herald Bulletin, Indiana

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