Project Runway season 5 began filming the first week of June 2008 and premiered July 16, 2008 at 9:00 p.m. It was the final season of Project Runway that aired on Bravo. Subsequent seasons were shown on Lifetime.
Returning as judges were supermodel Heidi Klum, fashion designer Michael Kors, and Elle editor-at-large Nina Garcia. Tim Gunn returned as a mentor to the designers.
The final four designers all produced collections for Bryant Park Fashion Week. The winner of this season of Project Runway, Leanne Marshall, received an editorial feature in an issue of Elle magazine, a cash prize of 0,000 from TRESemmé hair care to start her own line, the opportunity to sell a fashion line on Bluefly.com, and a new 2009 Saturn Vue automobile.
Jerell Scott and Kenley Collins later appeared in Project Runway: All Stars in 2012, with Jerell coming 5th, and Kenley 4th. Stephen "Suede" Baum, in the same year, competed in the second season of the All Stars edition placing 11th out of 13. Korto Momolu competed in the third season of All Stars, placing 2nd of 11. Stella Zotis appeared in the fifth season of All Stars, placing 11th of 13.
The 16 designers in season 5 were (in order of elimination):Contestant Age Hometown Place Finished Jerry Tam 32 Butte, MT 16th Wesley Nault 23 Blackstone, MA 15th Emily Brandle 27 Sacramento, CA 14th Jennifer Diederich 27 East Syracuse, NY 13th Kelli Martin 27 Columbus, OH 12th Daniel Feld 25 Great Barrington, MA 11th Keith Bryce 26 Salt Lake City, UT 10th Stella Zotis 42 Astoria, NY 9th Blayne Walsh 23 Yakima, WA 8th Terri Stevens 39 Chicago, IL 7th Joe Faris 41 Troy, MI 6th Stephen "Suede" Baum 37 Seven Hills, OH 5th Jerell Scott 28 Houston, TX 4th Kenley Collins 25 New York, NY 3rd Korto Momolu 33 Monrovia, Liberia Runner-up Leanne Marshall 27 Portland, OR Winner
The 16 models in season 5 are (in order of elimination):Contestant Age Hometown Place Finished Janine Bell 24 Maryland 16th Runa Lucienne 19 Ohio 15th (Quit) Leslie Manzano 19 New Hartford, New York 14th Alex Arace 24 New Jersey 13th Shannone Holt 21 Brooklyn, New York 12th (Quit) Elena Abete 19 Austin, Texas 11th Alyssa Aparicio 18 Bronx, New York 10th Kendall Hightower 19 Houston, Texas 9th Polina Frantsena N/A Boston, Massachusetts 8th Karalyn West 21 Columbus, Ohio 7th Germaine Volorioz 27 New Jersey 6th Xaviera Tytler 22 Phoenix, Arizona 5th Nicole Zaager 20 New York, New York 4th Topacio Pena 22 Dominican Republic 3rd Katarina Munez 20 New Jersey Runner-up Tia Shipman 21 Maryland Winner
ChallengesDesigner elimination chart Designers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Eliminated Episode Leanne IN LOW HIGH IN LOW IN WIN WIN HIGH LOW LOW HIGH ADV WINNER 14 - Finale, Part 2 Korto HIGH LOW IN WIN IN HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH HIGH WIN LOW ADV RUNNER-UP Kenley IN HIGH WIN IN HIGH IN IN HIGH LOW HIGH LOW LOW ADV 3RD PLACE Jerell IN IN IN LOW HIGH LOW HIGH IN WIN WIN HIGH WIN OUT 13 - Finale, Part 1 Suede IN WIN IN IN IN IN IN LOW LOW LOW OUT 11 - Rock N' Runway Joe IN IN IN HIGH IN WIN IN LOW HIGH OUT 10 - Transformation Terri IN IN HIGH HIGH IN HIGH IN IN OUT 9 - What's Your Sign? Blayne LOW IN IN IN LOW IN LOW IN OUT Stella LOW HIGH IN IN HIGH IN LOW OUT 8 - Double 0 Fashion Keith IN IN LOW IN WIN LOW OUT 7 - Fashion That Drives You Daniel HIGH IN IN LOW LOW OUT 6 - Good Queen Fun Kelli WIN IN IN IN OUT 5 - Welcome To The Jungle Jennifer IN IN LOW OUT 4 - Rings of Glory Emily IN IN OUT 3 - Bright Lights/Big City Wesley IN OUT 2 - The Grass Is Always Greener Jerry OUT 1 - Let's Start from the Beginning
- ^Note 1 : Instead of winning immunity for this challenge, Suede's design was manufactured and sold on Bluefly.com.
- ^Note 2 : Instead of winning immunity for this challenge, Keith's design will be worn by Brooke Shields on the second season of Lipstick Jungle.
- ^Note 3 : Instead of winning immunity for this challenge, Leanne's design was manufactured and sold to American Express cardholders.
- ^Note 4 : From this challenge onward, immunity was no longer given to the winners of each challenge. This episode also featured a double elimination.
- ^Note 5 : All 4 of the remaining designers will create collections for New York Fashion Week, but only 3 designers will actually be showing their collections at Fashion Week.
- ^Note 1 : Alyssa was originally eliminated, but was brought back after Runa withdrew from the competition.
- ^Note 2 : Germaine was originally eliminated, but was brought back after Shannone withdrew from the competition.
- ^Note 3 : Due to the number of designers eliminated in the previous two episodes, the remaining designers were allowed to re-pick their models for this challenge.
- ^Note 4 : Karalyn, Shannone, Polina and Alex were used in this challenge to show off the designers' bridesmaid dresses. However, they will not be in contention for the finale win.
- Blayne Walsh: BW
- Daniel Feld: DF
- Emily Brandle: EB
- Jennifer Diederich: JD
- Jerell Scott: JS
- Jerry Tam: JT
- Joe Faris: JF
- Keith Bryce: KB
- Kelli Martin: KL
- Kenley Collins: KC
- Korto Momolu: KT
- Leanne Marshall: LM
- Stella Zotis: SZ
- Suede: SU
- Terri Stevens: TS
- Wesley Nault: WN
Episode 1: Let's Start from the Beginning
Repeating the first challenge on Season 1 of Project Runway, the designers were asked to create a look using only materials purchased from a Gristedes grocery store. The designers were given 30 minutes and to shop for items, and then one day to complete the outfit. Most designers were criticized by mentor Tim Gunn for utilizing fabric-substitutes such as tablecloths in their looks, which wasn't what the challenge was about. The winner received immunity for the next challenge. The guest judge, Austin Scarlett, competed on Season 1 of Project Runway and won this same challenge with a dress made of corn husks.
Episode 2: Grass Is Always Greener
The designers were asked to create a cocktail dress with their models as their clients. They were asked to use environmentally friendly or conscious fabrics from Mood, with their models doing the fabric selections without their consultations. They were given and one day to finish their garments. The winner did not receive immunity, but did get to sell their garment on Bluefly.
Episode 3: Bright Lights/Big City
The designers were tasked to create a look of their choice inspired by the vibrant nightlife of New York City. Tim Gunn drove the designers around the city via a sightseeing tour bus, then provided them with digital cameras to take photographs of their inspiration. Four groups of designers were dropped off at different stops and had an hour to take their photos. They were given 0 and one day to complete their design. The winner received immunity for the next challenge.
The four groups and their assigned stopovers are as follows:
- Suede, Daniel, Leanne, and Jennifer at Columbus Circle.
- Blayne, Keith, Stella, and Kenley at Times Square.
- Korto, Joe, and Kelli at the New York Public Library.
- Terri, Jerell, and Emily at Greenwich Village.
Episode 4: Rings of Glory
The designers were brought to the Armory Track and Field Training Center by their mentor, Tim Gunn, and were introduced to U.S. Olympian and speed skater Apolo Anton Ohno. Their next challenge was to design a womenswear look for the 2008 Summer Olympics Opening Ceremonies. They were given 30 minutes to sketch and draw inspiration from the National Track and Field Museum, after which they were given 0 and one day to complete their designs. The winner received immunity for the next challenge.
Episode 5: Welcome to the Jungle
Working in teams of two, designers were asked to make an outfit that could transition from day to night for Brooke Shields's character Wendy Healy on the television show Lipstick Jungle. The winning design was to be worn by Brooke Shields on Season 2 of Lipstick Jungle. Each team was given a budget of 0 and one day to complete their designs. After sketching individually for 30 minutes and pitching their ideas to Shields, six designers were picked by Brooke as team leaders (team leaders shown in bold below). The team leaders were picked in a random order and selected a teammate.
- Blayne and Leanne
- Keith and Kenley
- Terri and Suede
- Korto and Joe
- Kelli and Daniel
- Jerell and Stella
The winner did not receive immunity for the next challenge.
- Judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors
- Guest Judge: Brooke Shields
- WINNER: Keith (teamed with Kenley Collins)
- OUT: Kelli (teamed with Daniel Feld)
- First Aired: August 13, 2008
Episode 6: Good Queen Fun
The designers were asked to make an outfit for a drag queen. Chris March of Season 4 made a guest appearance to deliver the challenge. The designers were picked at random to select which drag queen to work with. They were given 0 to shop for supplies and two days to complete their designs. The winner received immunity for the next challenge. The designers' models were not used in this challenge.
Designers and Drag Queens:
- Blayne with Miss Understood
- Daniel with Annida Greenkard
- Jerrell with LeMay
- Joe with Varla Jean Merman
- Keith with Sherry Vine
- Kenley with Farrah Moans
- Korto with Sweetie
- Leanne with Sharon Needles
- Stella with Luisa Verde
- Suede with Hedda Lettuce
- Terri with Acid Betty
Note: Sharon Needles and Farrah Moans have no connection to the Queens who appeared on seasons 4 and 9 (respectively) of RuPaul's Drag Race. Acid Betty, on the other hand, participated on the eighth season of the show.
Episode 7: Fashion That Drives You
The designers were required to make an outfit made entirely out of the spare parts and raw materials from a Saturn hybrid car. They were told to walk to 142 West 31st Street in Manhattan. After taking an elevator to the roof of the building, they were instructed to collect as much of the recycled car parts from within the parked Saturn vehicles. They had four minutes to collect the materials and one day to complete their outfits. The winner received immunity for the next challenge.
Episode 8: Double 0 Fashion
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 Fürstenberg. 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 Fürstenberg's fabric sample room to select fabrics for their designs. The winning garment was 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.
Episode 9: What's Your Sign?
The designers teamed up in pairs with eliminated designers to create an avant-garde garment around one of the two astrological signs of their group. They had one day and 8 hours to complete the look. The night before the runway, they were brought to the American Museum of Natural History in New York. There the designers were greeted with surprise guest appearances of former Project Runway designers and winners Kara Janx, Alison Kelly, Jay McCarroll, Robert Plotkin, Christian Siriano, Daniel Vosovic, & Carmen Webber, who all voted on a winning look. This episode featured a surprise double elimination & the winner no longer had the advantage of immunity going forward.
- Blayne and Stella (Libra)
- Jerell and Jennifer (Sagittarius)
- Joe and Daniel (Aries)
- Kenley and Wesley (Aquarius)
- Korto and Kelli (Aquarius)
- Leanne and Emily (Scorpio)
- Suede and Jerry (Libra)
- Terri and Keith (Leo)
- Judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors
- Guest judge: Francisco Costa
- WINNER: Jerell (teamed with Jennifer Diederich)
- OUT: Blayne (teamed with Stella Zotis) and Terri (teamed with Keith Bryce)
- First Aired: September 10, 2008
Episode 10: Transformation
The designers were assigned recent college graduates and were given the task of giving them a fashion makeover to help them enter the workforce. Each designer was to gear their look to their client's specific profession, whilst keeping their style and pleasing both the clients and their mothers. The clients wore the outfits down the runway; the models were not used in this challenge.
Episode 11: Rock N' Runway
The designers were given the task of designing for each other. The looks were to be inspired by different genres of music. The designers wore their outfits down the runway; the models were not used for this challenge.
Teams (Designers names are in bold; genre applies to teammate):
Episode 12: Nature Calls
Drawing inspiration from nature, the remaining designers headed to the New York Botanical Garden to design an evening gown.
- Judges: Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Michael Kors
- Guest Judge: Georgina Chapman
- WINNER: Jerell
- OUT: None: (However, all four are on the elimination block when the final three are determined in the next episode).
- First Aired: October 1, 2008
Episode 13: Finale, Part 1
The designers were given the task, prior to leaving to create their collections, of creating a wedding dress for their collections. In addition to the wedding dress, they were judged on an 11th look, a bridesmaid dress to go with it. This is the first time that all of the finalists were of the same gender (female).
Episode 14: Finale, Part 2
Prior to the runway show, the finalists, who each had twelve outfits ready for the runway, were informed that they would only be able to show ten, forcing last minute editing of their collections. The guest judge was originally scheduled to be Jennifer Lopez, but she was unable to participate due to a foot injury and was replaced by Tim Gunn. Following the presentation of all three collections, the judges stated that Leanne Marshall had created the best collection and named her the winner of Season 5 of Project Runway.