On January 17, Anthony Ryan Auld was crowned winner of Project Runway All Stars. Surrounded by hundreds of his fans and friends at a final viewing party hosted at The Capital Park Museum in Baton Rouge, everyone sat on the edge of their seats watching in anticipation for the final outcome to be announced. Throughout the evening, Auld, shared personal stories about his PR All Star experience, his battle with cancer, and passion for giving back. A 2010 graduate of LSU Apparel Design program, he has maintained a close relationship with his professor and mentor, Dr. Lisa McRoberts, who has encouraged him every step of way to his new found success. Auld announced at his victory celebration that he will be working with LSU senior design students and has re-launched his nonprofit organization “Roar”. “Why whisper when you can roar! The idea is to give anyone that has dealt with life adversities of any type the chance to speak out and tell your individual story;” said Auld in front of a cheering audience.
The Lifetime TV reality show focuses on putting emerging fashion designers to the test of stretching their creative imagination. The contestants compete against each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their designs are then presented and critiqued by an esteem panel of fashion industry professionals – Isaac Mizrahi, Georgina Chapman and Carolyn Murphy, who also is the show’s host. Each Week, one by one a designer is eliminated, until the “final four” remain vying for the top prize which is a career launching opportunity.
As the winner, Anthony Ryan Auld will be designing a custom-branded capsule collection for Nine West, received $150,000 in cash, as well as $10,000 as "Fan Favorite", a sewing and embroidery studio provided by Brother Sewing and Embroidery, showcasing his collection at various fashion weeks, including Paris, Milan, and Tokyo, and a Contributing Editor position with Marie Claire Magazine.
Auld's creative talents and skillful craftsmanship were recognized before his first appearance in Project Runway (finishing 7th place); winning many awards and accolades from LSU, Fashion Group International, and debuting at Fashion Week New Orleans inaugural year. He also created his first custom design dress for a 10 year old diagnosed the cancer. Anthony Ryan Auld has given hope to many that if you aim for the moon, you might just land on a star!