Prajjé Oscar Jean-Baptiste: The ‘Project Runway’ star’s first fashion show was at NYFW.
The designer had his first major breakthrough when he was selected to showcase his Spring / Summer 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week
‘Project Runway’ returns with a brand new season 19! The hit Bravo Show features 16 budding designers from the United States and abroad, all ready to prove they have what it takes to showcase their collection at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) and the next big name being in the fashion industry. Each 90-minute episode tests the creativity and technique of the participants with challenges ranging from creating a “haunting” chic look to an unconventional cocktail dress!
Prajje Oscar Jean-Baptiste is one of 16 designers who will take part in the 19th season of “Project Runway”. But what sets this designer apart from his peers on the show is the fact that he has already managed to get the honor of showing off his collection at NYFW! The designers participating in the show must impress the judges – Nina Garcia, Elaine Welteroth, Brandon Maxwell, and Christian Siriano – to win the competition and take home the cash prize of $ 250,000. If you’re curious to find out more about Prajje, then read on.
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Prajje Oscar Jean-Baptiste is a 37-year-old fashion designer from Philadelphia. The Haitian-born designer’s life was anything but easy. After losing his mother as a toddler, he was placed in the care of his grandmother when his father moved to America. At the age of 13, he was adopted by a friend of his father’s and brought to Massachusetts. While in high school, Prajje attended a course at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design and found his calling in fashion. Soon he was an assistant to Boston designer Andrea Alexander, helping with everything from sewing to organizing shows. He produced his first solo show as a high school student.
Encouraged by his adoptive parents, Prajje attended the prestigious Massachusetts College of Art in Boston and later launched his self-titled Prajjé Oscar line. The designer had his first major breakthrough when he was selected by celebrity chef Marcus Samuelsson to showcase his spring / summer 2012 collection at New York Fashion Week. This opened the doors to several other fashion shows in Miami, Washington, DC, Boston and New York, where he showcased his exquisitely crafted collections. His work has also been featured in Harper’s Bazaar Vietnam, Elle, Rolling Stone, and Teen Vogue. Prajjé describes his design style as “retro-chic but remarkably wearable” and is best known for his glamorous evening dresses and luxurious fabrics.
Prajje works with skilled artisans in Haiti to develop his unique couture pieces and ready-to-wear collection with the intention of spreading awareness of the beauty and vibrancy of Haiti. Thanks to the pandemic, the designer has had to shift his focus from his signature evening dresses to casual wear and move his business online. We can’t wait to see Prajje’s journey on the show.
‘Project Runway’ Season 19 premieres on Thursday, October 14 at 9 p.m. ET / PT.