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Russian-Born Designer the Winner of "Project Runway"

20. November 2009 by Daniel 0 Comments

Russian-born fashion designerIrina Shabayeva was declared the winner Thursday of season 6 of the TV show “Project Runway.”


The reality TV series, which airs on Lifetime, focuses on fashion design and pits contestants against each other to create the best clothes, while restricting their time, materials and theme. The designs are judged and one or more contestants are eliminated each week. The show is hosted by model Heidi Klum.


Shabayeva, 27, the daughter of immigrants from the former Russian republic of Georgia, came out ahead of two other female participants in the show’s finale. She impressed the judges with 13 designs she had displayed at New York’s Fashion Week this year.


She told judges that her designs – which were described as having a “warrior woman” concept – came about as a result of “what it takes to survive in the city as a woman.”


A professional designer, Shabayeva immigrated to the U.S. with her family as a child. She earned a degree from Parsons School of Design and worked as a designer for five years prior to her appearance on the show.