Greenwich Resident Makes the Cut for “Project Runway”


On a show where you’re either in or you’re out, Jason Troisi has made his way in.

Troisi, 33, is the first Connecticut resident to compete on the reality television show, “Project Runway,” the Greenwich Time reports.

In case you’re not already addicted, “Project Runway” is an American Idol-like competition for aspiring fashion designers.

Each week, the contestants on the show are given a challenge that require them to design a piece that can range anywhere from traditional gown to bizarre costume, and the contestant with the worst design is voted out.

Troisi, a graduate of Greenwich High School, is one of 17 aspiring designers appearing on the show this season.

The show was filmed earlier this year in New York City, but the winner has not yet been chosen.

Supermodel Heidi Klum leads the panel of judges, who are responsible for picking each week’s loser and ultimately the season’s winner.

Also on the judging panel are designer Michael Kors, fashion editor Nina Garcia, and the weekly guest designer or celebrity.

Besides Klum, the other notable personality of the show is Tim Gunn, who serves as a mentor for the designers. Gunn is the Liz Claiborne Chief Creative Officer, but is best known for his catch phrase “make it work.”

Although it’s been his dream since the age of 14 to be a fashion designer, Troisi has hit a few roadblocks along the way.

He graduated from Parsons, the New School for Design, in 2000, but was unable to find a job that fit his work and style in the competitive industry, the Time report. Troisi then switched mediums, moving from cloth to plants, when he opened a lawn-care business, Bluegrass Landscape Design.

However, the runway continued to call, and after eight years, Troisi picked up his needle and thread once again.

He auditioned for “Project Runway” last season, but didn’t quite make the cut. Troisi then spent the year revamping his audition designs, and something he did must have caught the judges’ eyes because they called him back for season eight.

The eighth season of “Project Runway” debuts tonight at 9 p.m. on the Lifetime Television network. This is the first season of the show that will be aired on Lifetime, after making the switch from Bravo Television.

Take a home visit with Jason to Greenwich.

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