DESIGNER MICHAEL KORS AND ELLE MAGAZINE’S NINA GARCIA AND ANNE SLOWEY TO JOIN SUPERMODEL HEIDI KLUM AS JUDGES ON BRAVO'S 'PROJECT RUNWAY'

COMPETITION SERIES TO PREMIERE TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 30 AT 9:00 PM ET



LOS ANGELES -- July 22, 2004 –- "Project Runway," Bravo and Miramax's behind-the-scenes documentary series and competition set in the glamorous and rigorous world of the fashion industry will premiere on Tuesday, November 30 at 9:00pm ET, it was announced today by Lauren Zalaznick, President of Bravo. Cameras will roll for ten one-hour episodes as up-and-coming designers are given all the resources of a top designer to prepare a competitive runway show for the next New York Fall Fashion Week.

Eager to give aspiring designers a chance to break into the notoriously difficult-to-crack fashion world, supermodel and designer Heidi Klum will head a panel of industry luminaries, including top women's and men's wear designer Michael Kors and Elle Magazine fashion director Nina Garcia and Fashion News Director Anne Slowey - who will serve as judges and industry mentors charged with selecting and molding the budding designers.

The series will begin with the selection of twelve amateur designers who will compete week-to-week on design challenges. Contestants will be eliminated on a weekly basis based on their execution of the design challenges until only three remain to face-off with full lines on the catwalk at New York's Fall Fashion Week in February 2005. The winner's designs will be photographed for ELLE by the magazine's world-renowned Publication Director, Gilles Bensimon. The winning designer will also receive a mentorship from the Banana Republic Design Team. Members of the Banana Republic Design Team will meet with winning "Project Runway" contestant once per month for six months to offer guidance and advice on product development and design process.

"Project Runway" is executive produced by Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz of the Emmy nominated Magical Elves ("Project Greenlight," "Last Comic Standing,") and Heidi Klum. Klum's managers and fashion world experts Desiree Gruber and Jane Cha of NYC-based Full Picture are producing the series. Barbara Schneeweiss, director of television, and Eli Holzman, vice president of television, will oversee the production on behalf of Miramax Television. "Project Runway" is sponsored by Banana Republic, Cotton, Inc. and L'Oreal Paris.