Project Runway Season 8 is the eighth season of the television show Project Runway. The season began airing on July 29, 2010, on the Lifetime. After Lifetime cancelled the accompanying series Models of the Runway, Project Runway episodes were extended to 90 minutes in Season 8. This was the first season that episodes were longer than an hour with commercials.
The season included 17 designers at the beginning of the competition. Returning as judges were supermodel Heidi Klum; fashion designer Michael Kors; and Marie Claire fashion director, Nina Garcia. Tim Gunn returned as the workroom mentor to the aspiring designers. Designer Gretchen Jones was the season's winner. The decision was met with controversy; both Gunn and Klum have spoken out against Jones' victory, condemning Kors and Garcia's decision to award her the win, believing instead that Mondo Guerra was the worthier contender. Due to Jones' negative portrayal throughout the series many home viewers also disagreed with the decision to award her the win, believing her design aesthetics and her on-screen demeanour left her unworthy of the title of Project Runway Winner.
April Johnson, Michael Costello and Mondo Guerra later appeared in Project Runway: All Stars in 2012, with April receiving 10th Place, Michael 3rd, and Mondo winning the competition. Peach Carr, Carlos Casanova and Ivy Higa in the same year, competed in the second season of the All Stars edition placing 13th, 7th and 5th respectively.
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.
The designers have to create a fashion forward outfit representing strong and practical Marie Claire Women. The winning design will be displayed on a 40 foot tall billboard in Times Square.
The designers have to create an outfit from materials from a party supplies store. The winning designer will get immunity for next challenge.
In this episode the designers must design an outfit that compliments the famous Philip Treacy's beautiful artistic hats.
The designers are divided in two teams of six, where they have to design a trendy six piece collection for fall 2010. The teams are asked to choose a concept and a textile as the core of their collection.
The 11 remaining designers must create a fashionable look from a bridesmaid dress.
The remaining designers make waves when series judge Michael Kors assigns them to create resort attire.
The designers are hemmed in by the politics of fashion when they delve into American sportswear.
The designers must create a high-fashion look and a ready-to-wear companion piece to appear in a L'Oreal Paris ad.
The designers design a fabric for their look that was inspired by a moment from their past.
The designers must create three looks appropriate for Heidi Klum's activewear collection. The winner of the challenge has his or her designs manufactured and sold on Amazon.com.
The challenge is to create a look inspired by New York City. The final five designers compete to see who will move on to create their collections for the chance to show at New York Fashion Week.
In Part 1 of the two-part Season 8 finale, mentor Tim Gunn visits the four remaining designers in their hometowns to review the progress of their collections.