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Austin Scarlett (born 1983) is an American fashion designer and artist known for his appearances on Project Runway's first season, as well as his own series, On the Road With Austin and Santino.
Early life and education
Scarlett, Debra Little and Christopher Scarlett's son, was born in Cottage Grove, Oregon. He obtained his degree in fashion design from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, where he specialized in couture and evening wear design. He has also completed Fine Arts training at the Art Students League of New York.
Scarlett worked as a design assistant and pattern maker on a variety of projects, from opera to dance, film, and Broadway. Scarlett has worked as an assistant costume archivist at The Museum at FIT, as part of their Haute Couture and textile collection.
Scarlett achieved great success on the first season of Bravo's Project Runway in 2004-2005, but it was cut in the penultimate competition. During Project Runway's airing, he became well-known for his ability to produce glamorous dresses in the face of tight deadlines and unusual demands. He made a gown entirely from cornhusks for the first episode of the program, which Tim Gunn and each of the three judges later cited as the single most iconic design from the series's history.
Scarlett produced couture collections under his own name for fall 2005 and spring 2006.
In January 2006, he joined Amsale, the New York-based bridal-design company, as the Creative Director of its luxurious gown collection, Kenneth Pool, where he served until 2009.
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On episodes of TLC's Say Yes to the Dress, Scarlett and his designs have been featured.
In a parody of Project Runway, he was depicted on Saturday Night Live by comedian Fred Armisen.
Scarlett has created dramatic costumes for Shen Wei Dance Arts, which appeared on PBS' "Trace" with Aspen Santa Fe Ballet, "Remember Me."
Scarlett appeared on On the Road with Austin and Santino in 2010. On the Lifetime network, the pair premiered on July 29, 2010 and followed them around the country as they created couture designs using local sources.
Scarlett has also lent his design skills 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.
In 2012, he returned to the runway in Project Runway: All-Stars, in which he finished as the runner-up. Austin Scarlett's signature line of wedding and evening dresses was unveiled in October 2012. His collection is available at Neiman Marcus and other luxury stores around the world.