Project Runway Season 8 Features Yet Another FIDM Graduate

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Sarah Trost will be the ninth graduate of the fashion design college to appear as a contestant on Project Runway.

Sarah Trost, FIDM Graduate and Project Runway Season 8 contestant.

I want to do something vintage-inspired that's fun and comfortable for people to wear

Project Runway premieres on Thursday, July 29 at 9pm et/pt on Lifetime and FIDM Alumna Sarah Trost will be one of the designers vying to be Season 8’s winner. The 27 year-old Toluca Lake, California native currently works as a costume designer and cites designers such as Adrian, Nudie Cohn, Jean Paul Gaultier, and Elsa Schiaparelli as inspirations. Sarah holds a Fashion Design degree from FIDM, which is the West Coast home of the Lifetime show.

During her casting session, Sarah showed eclectic looks including a kitty print dress and a hand-dyed silk bow gown. “I want to do something vintage-inspired that’s fun and comfortable for people to wear,” she said. During a visit to her home, Sarah showed producers her 1930s era Singer sewing machine that she works with, her Elvis clock that is always set to “cocktail hour,” and how she keeps fabric in her kitchen cupboards.

When Project Runway moved to Los Angeles for Season 6, the show was filmed at FIDM. In addition, FIDM Graduates have enjoyed appearing on (and winning) Project Runway. Past contestants have included:

Season 6 – Johnny Sakalis, Fashion Design ‘99
Season 5 – Leanne Marshall, Fashion Design ’01*
Season 5 – Kelli Martin, Fashion Design ‘06
Season 2 – Nick Verreos, Fashion Design ‘93
Season 2 – Santino Rice, Fashion Design ‘94
Season 2 – Guadalupe Vidal, Merchandise Product Development ‘01
Season 2 – Raymundo Baltazar, Fashion Design ‘04
Season 1 and 2 – Daniel Franco, Fashion Design ‘04


With four dynamic California campuses, FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising is the premier west coast fashion design school, educating for careers in fashion, graphic design, interior design, and entertainment. FIDM’s graduates include renowned fashion designers like Monique Lhuillier, Emmy® and Academy Award® award-winning costume designers, top fashion industry executives, and entrepreneurs.


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