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Season 2 of Project Runway began airing on December 7, 2005. Following a nationwide search earlier in the year, sixteen designers were chosen as semi-finalists and brought to New York City in June, 2005. After the first challenge, called Road To The Runway, fourteen went on to compete as finalists. The winning designer, Chloe Dao, received $100,000 in seed money to help launch her own line, a 2007 Saturn Sky roadster, a spread in ELLE magazine, and a mentorship with the Banana Republic Design Team. Winning alongside Dao was her model, Grace Kelsey, who received the ELLE Magazine spread. Michael Kors and Nina Garcia returned as judges for the second season. The fourth judging seat rotated each week, based on the challenge. Tim Gunn, fashion chair at Parsons The New School for Design, returned as a mentor for the designers.
Season 2 contestants
The 16 contestants in Season 2 were:
Raymundo Baltazar, 24, from Los Angeles, California
Chloe Dao, 33, from Houston, Texas
Marla Duran, 51, from Allentown, Pennsylvania
Diana Eng, 22, from Jacksonville, Florida
Kirsten Ehrig, 37, from Los Angeles, California
Daniel Franco, 33, from Los Angeles, California
Andrae Gonzalo, 32, from Los Angeles, California
Zulema Griffin, 28, from New York, New York
Kara Janx, 29, from Johannesburg, South Africa
Emmett McCarthy, 42, from New York, New York
Santino Rice, 30, from Los Angeles, California
Heidi Standridge, 25, from Atlanta, Georgia
Nick Verreos, 38, from Los Angeles, California
Guadalupe Vidal, 29, from Los Angeles, California
Daniel Vosovic, 24, from New York, New York
John Wade, 24, from Los Angeles, California
(ages listed are the designers' ages at the time the show was taped in the summer of 2005.)
Daniel Franco had been a competitor in the first season and was eliminated in that season's first episode. Determined to show that the judges "made a mistake" in eliminating him so soon, he returned to the nationwide tryouts with samples from his own design line. The evaluation panel at the tryouts decided to give him one more chance and brought him back as a contestant for season two.
The 16 models competing for an ELLE spread in the second season were:
Allison McAtee, from Erie, Pennsylvania
Alyssa Daugherty, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cara Roberts, from Darien, Connecticut
Claudia, from Germany
Danyelle Vilmenay, from Baltimore, Maryland
Eden Henderson, from Queens, New York
Grace Kelsey, from San Diego, California
Lesley Ann Williams
Maria Lucia Santiago
Melissa Braiser, from New York, New York
Rebecca Holliday, from Savannah, Georgia
Shannon Fluet, from Boston, Massachusetts
Tarah Rodgers, from North Carolina
In episode 1, models were randomly assigned to designers.
In episode 2, designers could again choose their models, with the winner of the previous challenge choosing first and the other designers choosing in random order.
In episode 2, Raymundo's model, Maria, dropped out, so Allison, John's model from the first challenge was brought back.
Beginning in episode 3, only the winner of the previous challenge could decide whether to change his/her model. Since episode 3, only Zulema had changed her model. She picked Tarah and dropped Rachael in episode 8.
Since models are eliminated at the beginning of the next episode, no model was eliminated in episode 1.
Episode 1: Road To The Runway
Before arriving in New York, the 16 contestants being considered for positions in this season's competing cast were given six yards of plain white muslin, $20, and one week to create an outfit that best represents who they are as a fashion designer. After arriving, the 16 contestants found that only 14 positions were available in the Parsons workroom and thus two would be eliminated at the runway judging.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia; and Michael Kors.
OUT: Heidi and John
First broadcast December 7, 2005
Episode 2: Clothes Off Your Back
Designers made an outfit using only the clothes they were wearing at the moment the challenge is announced.
This episode is best remembered for Andrae's tearfilled panic attack on the runway.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Diane von Furstenberg.
WINNER: Chloe. OUT: Kirsten
First broadcast December 7, 2005
Episode 3: All Dolled Up
Designers created a life-sized outfit for the My Scene Barbie collection. The winning designer's outfit would be duplicated for the My Scene Barbie collection.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Lily Martinez, Head Designer for "My Scene" Barbie.
WINNER: Nick. OUT: Raymundo
First broadcast December 14, 2005
Episode 4: Team Lingerie
Designers created a lingerie line consisting of three looks. A Team event with four teams, each with a lead designer and two assistants.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia; Cynthia Rowley; and Alessandra Ambrosio.
WINNER: Daniel V.(teamed with Zulema and Andrae) OUT: Daniel F.(teamed with Kara and Chloe)
First broadcast December 21, 2005
Episode 5: Social Scene
Designers created a party dress for socialite Nicky Hilton.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Nicky Hilton.
WINNER: Santino OUT: Guadalupe
First broadcast 4 January, 2006
Episode 6: Window Shopping
Designers created a day-to-evening ensemble for Banana Republic. A Team event with five teams of two. Both designers on the losing team were eliminated.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Nina Garcia; Michael Kors; and Deborah Lloyd, Head Designer at Banana Republic.
WINNERS: Andrae and Daniel V. OUT: Diana and Marla
First broadcast 11 January, 2006
Episode 7: On Thin Ice
Designers created a figure skating outfit for 2006 Olympic silver medalist Sasha Cohen.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Michael Kors; Anne Slowey, Fashion News Director at ELLE; and Sasha Cohen.
WINNER: Zulema. OUT: Emmett
First broadcast 18 January, 2006
Episode 8: Inspiration
Designers took photos and picked one to be an inspiration for an outfit.
This episode is most notable for Zulema's "Model Walk Off." Prior to this episode, all the winning designers stuck with their original models when given the chance to change by Heidi. Zulema stunned everyone when she not only announced she was changing models, but also making this decision by picking three girls to have a "walk off." She chose the eliminated Emmett's model Shannon, Andrae's model Danyelle, and Nick's model Tarah for consideration. She switched to Tarah, which left Rachael with Nick and eliminated Shannon.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Michael Kors; Nina Garcia; and Season One winner Jay McCarroll.
WINNER: Daniel V. OUT: Zulema
First broadcast 25 January, 2006
Episode 9: Flower Power
Designers created a dress using only natural materials purchased in the New York Flower District.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Michael Kors; Nina Garcia; and design team Mark Badgley and James Mischka.
WINNER: Daniel V., who also won immunity for the next challenge. OUT: Andrae
First broadcast February 1, 2006
Episode 10: Makeover
Designers created a new look to makeover a fellow contestant who then models the new look on the runway.
Chloe designed for Nick, Nick designed for Daniel V., Daniel V. designed for Chloe, Kara designed for Santino, and Santino designed for Kara
Judges: Heidi Klum; Michael Kors; Nina Garcia; and celebrity stylist Freddie Leiba.
WINNER: Chloe (Designed for Nick) OUT: Nick (Designed for Daniel V.)
First broadcast February 8, 2006
Episode 11: What's Your Line
Designers made an evening dress for supermodel Iman. The evening dress also reflects the line which the designers will show at Olympus Fashion Week.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Michael Kors; Nina Garcia; and Iman.
WINNER: Daniel V. OUT: Kara
First broadcast February 15, 2006
Episode 12: Reunion
All of the designers gathered for a reunion hosted by Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum on the eve of New York Fashion Week at which the final three designers will display their collections.
Judges: not applicable
WINNER/OUT: not applicable
First broadcast February 22, 2006
Episode 13: Finale - Part 1
The three final designers were shown at home when Tim Gunn visited them and then returned to New York to prepare their collections for showing at New York Olympus Fashion Week and were surprised to find out that they had to complete one final challenge: an additional garment that they each design with the aid of one eliminated designer of their choice. Nick, Andrae and Diana returned to help Daniel, Santino and Chloe, respectively.
Judges: not applicable
WINNER/OUT: not applicable
First broadcast March 1, 2006
Episode 13: Finale - Part 2
Chloe, Daniel V., and Santino displayed their final collections of thirteen pieces at New York Olympus Fashion Week.
Judges: Heidi Klum; Michael Kors; Nina Garcia; and Debra Messing.
WINNER of Project Runway Season 2: Chloe. OUT: Santino and Daniel V.
First broadcast March 8, 2006