and Jeffrey Sebelia
, winners of Project Runway
Season One and Three respectively, have made public statements that winning the competition has been slightly less than the total career overhaul they both hoped it would be. Nevertheless, it's clear that they and the other contestants have managed to parlay the reality show exposure into ways to enhance their careers, as evidenced by just how busy many of them seem to be staying. With guest appearances supplementing their design work, it would seem that participating in Project Runway
has been a good career move for many of the designers.
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Chloe Dao, winner of Season Two, for example, continues to find success in her design work. She was recruited by Pacific Design to design a carrying case for the smoking hot iPhone. Her cases will be available on July 21. Paying tribute to her well-loved home base of Houston, she is also making an appearance in a “My Houston” commercial campaign developed by the Greater Houston Convention and Visitor's Bureau. She'll be one of several other local celebrities and notables recounting the virtues of her city.
Fellow winner Sebelia will be making an appearance at the San Francisco area Fashion Film Festival, taking a turn behind the judging table this time for their Fabulous Fashion Competition. Joining him as a judge is another Project Runway big personality/quasi-villain, Santino Rice.
Sebelia also continues to work with his line Cosa Nostra. It will be one of the featured line in the new Billy Martin store opening in Trump Plaza.
Daniel Vosovic, from Season Two, has completed an interesting project. He's designed the uniforms for the staff at an upscale hotel outside of Providence, Rhode Island.
Kayne Gillaspie, from Season Three, will be making a trek all the way to Anchorage, Alaska, to headline the Fashions for Food Fashion Show at Nordstrom. The event is a fundraiser for local nonprofit Dare to Care.
While none of the contestants has yet been able to transform their time on Project Runway to really big time high-fashion success, clearly it's still an effective stepping stone for many to greater exposure and opportunity.
- Leslie Seaton, BuddyTV Staff Columnist
Sources: Anchorage Daily News, 4Hoteliers, Popgadget, KHOU.com, Macreport, Bay Area Reporter
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