Moore alumna Dom Streater ’10 became the first female to win “Project Runway All Stars,” Thursday night, besting finalists Ken Laurence and Kini Zamora with a spirited collection inspired by the “sensory overload” she experienced while visiting New York for the first time.
Streater held her Finale Viewing Party at Moore, where more than 75 people, including Streater’s family, friends, Moore students and staff, gathered in Stewart Auditorium to watch the episode projected on a large screen. Everyone in the audience clapped and screamed as Streater was announced the winner of Project Runway All Stars.
This was the second big win for Streater, who claimed victory during Season 12 of the Emmy award-winning television series back in 2013. In the finale of Project Runway All Stars, Season 5, the designers were given $3,000 to create an eight-piece collection in only four days. Streater once again impressed the judges by creating her own textiles, hand-painting bright colors and “movement-inspired” designs on leather and other fabrics.
“I’m so proud that the collection looks visually how I felt (in New York),” Streater said. “That makes me really excited.”
As the winner of Project Runway All Stars, Streater will have the opportunity to design an exclusive line of jewelry for Baublebar.com as well as a capsule collection by Chinese Laundry. She also receives a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a position as contributing editor for a year and a complete sewing studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery. To top it off, she collects a $100,000 grand prize to elevate her business and brand.
Guest judge and actress Debra Messing called Streater's collection “magical, effortless and chic.” The judges praised Streater for giving them the most “interesting interpretation” of the challenge and "capturing the insanity of New York." They were also impressed with her "risk-taking" and "intellectual rigor." Clearly stunned by her beautiful textiles, American fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi summed it up when he said of Streater, “She’s an artist.”
Mizrahi told Streater he had “high hopes” for her in the future. Dom said off camera, “This is the best type of validation as a designer, to be told you have a voice and the world needs to hear it.”
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