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Their designs are judged by a panel, and one or more designers are typically eliminated from the show each week. During each season, contestants are progressively eliminated until only a few contestants remain.
These finalists prepare a complete fashion collection for New York Fashion Week, which determines the winner.
Project Runway was created by Eli Holzman and was hosted by supermodel Heidi Klum. It has a varied airing history, with Bravo originating the first five seasons, followed by Lifetime for eleven more, before it was announced on May 14, 2018, that the series is tentatively returning to Bravo for the seventeenth season in the wake of The Weinstein Company's bankruptcy, pending TWC asset winner Lantern Entertainment's acquisition of the former TWC assets.
The show won a Peabody Award in 2008 "for using the 'television reality contest' genre to engage, inform, enlighten and entertain." On September 7, 2018, it was confirmed that Heidi Klum and the show's mentor Tim Gunn would not be returning for a 17th season on Bravo as they both signed a deal to helm another fashion competition show on Amazon Video.