Austin Scarlett

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Austin Scarlett (born January 1, 1983) is an American fashion designer and artist best known for his appearances on the first season of Project Runway, the 2012 "Project Runway: All-Stars", and his Lifetime series, On the Road with Austin and Santino.

Early life and education

Scarlett, son of Debra Little and Christopher Scarlett, was born in Cottage Grove, Oregon. At a young age, he moved to Wanaque, New Jersey and attended Lakeland Regional High School. In his 20s, he attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where he specialized in couture and evening wear design and received his degree in fashion design. He also received fine arts training at the Art Students League of New York.


While still in school, Scarlett worked as a design assistant and patternmaker on various projects ranging from opera to dance, film, and on Broadway. Scarlett also worked as an assistant costume archivist at The Museum at FIT, with their collection of Haute Couture and textiles.

Scarlett found success on the first season of the Bravo reality show Project Runway in 2004-2005. During the airing of Project Runway, he became known for his ability to produce glamorous fashions under the tight deadlines and unusual requirements of the competitive reality show. On the very first episode of the program, he created a gown entirely from cornhusks, a design which Tim Gunn as well as each of the three judges later cited as one of the most impressive outfits they had seen in the entire history of the series.

After Project Runway, Scarlett produced couture collections under his own name for fall 2005 and spring 2006.

In January 2006, he joined New York-based bridal-design house Amsale as Creative Director of its luxury gown collection, Kenneth Pool, where he served until 2009. His dress designs for the KP collection are still extremely sought after by brides internationally.

Scarlett's involvement as a fashion designer and connoisseur for print and the web include features in The New York Times, Town and Country, Madame Figaro, Elle, In Style, the New York Daily News, and Women's Wear Daily.

Scarlett and his designs have been featured on episodes of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress.

He has been portrayed on Saturday Night Live by comedian Fred Armisen, in a spoof of Project Runway.

Scarlett has designed theatrical costumes for Shen Wei Dance Arts, performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Trace" with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, "Remember Me", David Parsons Dance as seen on PBS.

In 2010 Scarlett joined season two star Santino Rice in their show On the Road with Austin and Santino. The series premiered July 29, 2010, on the Lifetime network, and followed the pair cross country as they created couture designs using local resources.

Scarlett has also lent his design talents to many charitable causes, including The New York Public Library, New York City Opera, Live Out Loud, Equity Fights AIDS, Women In Need, and others.

He was recently a competitor in Project Runway: All-Stars, where he was the runner-up to Mondo Guerra. In October 2012, he had his first line of dresses highlighted in a fashion show in New York City. Austin Scarlett released a new line of wedding dresses and evening dresses. The dresses will be available in select bridal boutiques and specialty stores.

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