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‘Project Runway’ Winner Dmitry Sholokhov: ‘Avoiding Drama’ Helped Him Win

Fri, October 19, 2012 2:52pm EDT by 4 Comments
Dmitry Sholokhov Project Runway Winner
Courtesy of Lifetime

The talented designer managed to score the win without getting into too many cat fights! He told EXCLUSIVELY about his artistic process, his favorite challenge, and how he avoided workroom drama!

Congrats to Dimtry Shokolhov, winner of Project Runway Season 10! He was a total silent threat on the show, quietly constructing his immaculate outfits while other contestants fell victim to stresses and drama. “The only person that I didn’t get along with was Elena,” says Dmitry. She made the experience so much harder on everyone with her negative energy and talking behind everyone’s backs.”

He credits his success on the show to his ability to avoid the drama and keep focused on his tasks. “I usually try avoiding drama and be professional and diplomatic,” he said. But he was the only one to stand up to Elena and confront her trash talking! “I do think Elena is very talented, but that didn’t translate into the show,”said Dmitry, explaining that he thought her portfolio was amazing but the designs she actually made on the show couldn’t compete.

As for his gorgeous creations, he said absolutely anything can trigger a stroke of inspiration: a person on the street, a sound, or even a smell! For the Spring 2013 collection that we saw on the Season 10 Finale, Dmitry was inspired by bold architecture.

In his pieces, Dmitry strived to create architectural garments that were “powerful, fluid, and feminine.” He was inspired by iconic buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Sydney Opera House in Australia. He admits to being worried that his designs wouldn’t translate well on television,  but his edgy and sophisticated collection definitely caught the attention of judges Heidi Klum, Michael Kors, Nina Garcia, and guest judge Jennifer Hudson.

Filming Project Runway in New York City was an inspiration in itself for Dmitry! He credits the Radio City Rockettes challenge as his definite favorite from the season. “Having the Rockettes perform just for us, being up on the Radio City Music Hall stage sketching– that was amazing!” he says of the experience. So cool!

Dmitry was consistently praised by the judges for his superior workmanship and excellently crafted garments, but he considers this just part of the job. He says he never really thought of his designs as being particularly well made, it was just his standard process as an artist. Though he felt “ignored” by the judges in the first half of the season, he was very appreciative of the constructive criticism and nice things the judges had to say about his work that helped him grow as an artist. He remains humble even remembering how the judges gushed about his final collection for the show.

So what’s up next for Dmitry? He says that he would ideally love to start his own brand, but realizes all of the hard work that will take. We wish him the best of luck and hope to see his designs everywhere soon!

— Kristine Hope Kowalski