Project Runway’s female winners: where are they now? Part 1

By now we know PR is just pure entertainment but the show has added 10 female designers to the industry and promoted none. Where are they now?

By Yvette E

Number 10 TBA in Season 19

We all know that only 20% of fashion businesses are owned by women yet PR has somehow have female designers win 50% of its seasons. It shows that women designers no longer “create for themselves” as the industry loves to say.

So why have they not skyrocketed to fame and fortune? Is it the misogyny of the industry? Has the new focus on street wear further alienated the female designer?

So here is a snapshot of what 3 of the earlier season contestants are doing now.

Chloe Doe – Season 2

Pairing fashion with philantrophy, Doe has used fashion to change the Houston Community where the designer still lives. She donated 5,000 mask to help stem the pandemic in Houston from her own studio. In 2019, she paired with Joy Sewing, local fashion editor of Houston Chronicles, to host a showcase for local Houston designers to grow awareness of the rising fashion community.

You can check out her clothing collections here and read more about her charity efforts.

LeAnn Marshall – Season 5

As a bridal designer with her own shop in New York City, she handmakes all her wedding dresses with a focus on sustainablity and eco-friendly. She has dressed Aria Grande, Solange and Jackie Cruz. On December 2020, She launched a ready to wear collection exclusively with Bluefly.

Check out her designs here.

Irina Shabayeva – Season 6

Since she resides in the Republic of Georgia, it is hard to find information about her. She continues to show during NY fashion week and launched a lingerie brand in 2015. She works with alot of charities as well.

UPDATE: According to Instagram, She has moved to Paris to become Creative Director of Maison MJZ.

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One Comment

  1. Wow this article is so intriguing! I’m looking forward to know what happened to the other female designers..kinda sad they didn’t get CFDA backing.

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