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The WORST episodes of Project Runway

Every episode of Project Runway ever, ranked from worst to best by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The worst episodes of Project Runway!

Sixteen fashion designer hopefuls are ready to take the runway by storm and make fashion history as they prove to a panel of judges who has what it takes to make it in the industry and take home the final prize: a chance to present a final collection at New York Fashion Week.

Last Updated: 8/16/2022Network: Bravo
We Expect Fashion
177 votes

#1 - We Expect Fashion

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 8/27/2009

The remaining designers have to create a look for an actual celebrity, but there is a twist involved, which will be a big surprise for the designers.

What a Woman Wants
199 votes

#2 - What a Woman Wants

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired 9/10/2009

The thirteen remaining designers have new clients for this week's challenge- their models! They must create an eye-catching look to be worn at a fashion industry event, and have only one day and with a budget of just one hundred dollars to make it work.

Welcome to Los Angeles
190 votes

#3 - Welcome to Los Angeles

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 8/20/2009

Designers must create a red carpet look showing innovation and point of view. Lindsay Lohan as guest judge.

The Future is Here
102 votes

#4 - The Future is Here

Season 17 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/21/2019

The future of fashion is upon us. The button bag is back, with a stylish new makeover, as the designers are divided into teams for the first time. This week’s challenge tasks the designers to create a mini-collection that shows a sneak peek into the future of fashion. The designers are shocked to find out their models will be completely transformed with special effects body modifications, inspired by Simon Huck’s ‘A. Human’ exhibit. The designers must highlight their modification with their collections, as they fight to impress the judges with their innovative take on what’s next in fashion.

It's Fashion Baby
291 votes

#5 - It's Fashion Baby

Season 10 - Episode 11 - Aired 9/27/2012

The designers create fashions for babies. Hilary Duff is the guest judge.

Rumble on the Runway
181 votes

#6 - Rumble on the Runway

Season 6 - Episode 3 - Aired 9/3/2009

The designers are taken to the beach and have to create a fun and fashionable surfwear look inspired by Californian surfwear. They have to work in teams of two. Later on Tim Gunn declares that the designers have to create an avant-garde companion piece.

Take It All Off!
104 votes

#7 - Take It All Off!

Season 11 - Episode 8 - Aired 3/14/2013

The contestants design outfits for the male revue Australia's Thunder from Down Under.

Design for the Red Carpet
88 votes

#8 - Design for the Red Carpet

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 2/9/2005

This week's challenge is to design a dress for the host of Access Hollywood, Nancy O’Dell. Nancy will help judge the runway and wear the winning design on the red carpet at the 2005 Grammy Awards.

Clothes Off Your Back
21 votes

#9 - Clothes Off Your Back

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 12/7/2005

Heidi throws a roof-top party for the designers. At the party, she announces their next challenge: each must create an outfit using nothing besides the clothes he or she has worn to the party.

Women on the Go
331 votes

#10 - Women on the Go

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/9/2012

In another team challenge the designers have to create cohesive looks for women at work. Marie Claire magazine's Editor in Chief Joanna Coles is the guest judge.

And Sew It Begins
273 votes

#11 - And Sew It Begins

Season 8 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/29/2010

17 designers start a new season to reach New York Fashion Week and become the winner. The designers were asked to incorporate an article of clothing taken from another designer's suitcase into a new design of their own in just five hours.

First Impressions
120 votes

#12 - First Impressions

Season 17 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/14/2019

Sixteen talented designers from all walks of life arrive in New York City for the ultimate fashion competition. Nerves are high as the designers start-off by showcasing their best looks for industry influencers and the Project Runway host and judges. Afterwards, the contestants meet this season’s mentor, CFDA and celebrity fashion designer, Christian Siriano. The designers receive their first challenge, to create a look inspired by some of the biggest names in fashion but with a shocking and unexpected twist!

Image is Everything
203 votes

#13 - Image is Everything

Season 9 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/22/2011

The designers are treated to a special performance from their new client, an up-and-coming band. Broken into two teams of four, the designers are charged with creating a look that will establish them as image-makers.

High Fashion to High Street
92 votes

#14 - High Fashion to High Street

Season 17 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/11/2019

This week the designers get a once in a lifetime experience when they visit the atelier of the legendary Dapper Dan. Dap is the trailblazer who introduced high fashion to the hip-hop world by creating luxury streetwear. The designers are asked to create their own take on the future of streetwear, and are given just one day to complete the challenge and impress a fashion legend.

Sequins, Feathers and Fur, Oh My!
175 votes

#15 - Sequins, Feathers and Fur, Oh My!

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired 10/15/2009

Christina Aguilera is a guest judge in this episode and the designers have to create an extravagant stage look for her, which should catch the attention of the audience from far away and should also look chic on video from very close.

The Sky is the Limit
142 votes

#16 - The Sky is the Limit

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired 10/1/2009

The designers, working in pairs, have to create two looks for Macy's INC brand using blue fabrics. The winning designer will actually create a summer dress to be sold in Macy's stores.

Double 0 Fashion
113 votes

#17 - Double 0 Fashion

Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/3/2008

The designers were taken to the Meatpacking District and brought to the offices and design showroom of living fashion legend and current CFDA president, designer Diane von Furstenberg. Their challenge was to create a look for her Fall 2008 collection inspired by the movie, A Foreign Affair, starring screen legend, Marlene Dietrich. They were given free rein and 15 minutes inside Diane von Furstenburg's fabric sample room to select fabrics for their designs. The winning garment will be produced in limited quantities and exclusively sold to American Express cardholders, with proceeds going to the CFDA Foundation. The winner did not receive immunity for the next challenge. * Judges: Heidi Klum, Michael Kors * Guest judge: Fern Mallis (sitting in for Nina Garcia), Diane von Furstenberg

Sleigh the Runway
84 votes

#18 - Sleigh the Runway

Season 18 - Episode 3 - Aired 12/19/2019

The designers are awakened by a surprise visitor; the designers are challenged to show their holiday spirit in the perfect party dress; channeling their own holiday memories, the designers must transform a winter wonderland into a wearable wonder.

Back to New York
268 votes

#19 - Back to New York

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/14/2010

Season 7 of Project Runway premieres with sixteen new designers, who will try to make their way to Bryant Park to show their collections in New York Fashion Week. The show returns to New York and the contestants will be living at the Atlas Apartments and working in Parsons work room.

Survive in Style
91 votes

#20 - Survive in Style

Season 17 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/4/2019

The designers are whisked away from their urban creature comforts for a camping trip and challenged to create survival chic looks while embracing the wilderness. Their workroom, the accessories wall and the runway itself have all been moved to the woods for this unconventional materials challenge like never before. Mother nature does not cooperate as the designers battle the elements in order to stay in the competition.

Blame It on Rio
94 votes

#21 - Blame It on Rio

Season 17 - Episode 8 - Aired 5/2/2019

Stylist Marni Senofonte is back, this time to challenge the designers to work in her wheelhouse: celebrity styling. The designers divide into teams to create a mini-collection for their client, Deadpool’s Morena Baccarin, who is heading to Rio on vacation. Some designers collaborate while others compromise, as they race to create cohesive looks that tell a vacation fashion story. Only one designer will win, and another will go on a permanent vacation from the competition.

Everyday Woman
80 votes

#22 - Everyday Woman

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 8/23/2006

With only eight designers remaining, Heidi challenges the crew to make a look for an "everyday woman" with some surprising new models helping them.

Spin Out
98 votes

#23 - Spin Out

Season 11 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/31/2013

The designers serve up ball-boy outfits and new server uniforms for a Ping-Pong social club.

New York City of Dreams
96 votes

#24 - New York City of Dreams

Season 17 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/23/2019

The designers head to the store and atelier of their mentor, Christian Siriano, for a look at what could be their future as the winner of Project Runway. There, some surprise clients await: the real women who keep New York City moving! The designers are asked to create dream dresses for civic workers from the Post Office, Department of Sanitation, FDNY, NYPD and more! But they’ll need to balance their own design aesthetic while delivering on their clients’ dreams, otherwise this challenge could be their worst nightmare.

55 votes

#25 - Reunion

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/4/2006

The cast of Season 3 reunites to recap all the gripes, drama and other shenanigans which were only seen by those behind the scenes. One of the designers wins the first ever “Fan Favorite” award, along with a check for $10,000. Apparently, even if you don't make it to the final runway show at Bryant Park for Olympus Fashion Week, it still pays to be a personality on the show!

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