Irina Shabayeva

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Irina Shabayeva
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Residence New York City, New York
Education BFA from Parsons School of Design
Occupation fashion designer artist philanthropist
Television Project Runway Season 6 (Winner)

Irina Shabayeva (Georgian: ირინა შაბაევა) is the winner of the sixth season of Project Runway along with her model, Kalyn Hemphill.[1]

Personal life

Shabayeva is originally from Georgia and is of Georgian,[2][3] Jewish[4] and Russian heritage.[5] She has stated her favorite designer is Jean Paul Gaultier,[6] and credits her success to her feminine instincts and her diverse heritage.[7]

Project Runway

Shabayeva appeared in season six of Project Runway and won three challenges (Episode 5, "Fashion Headliners", Episode 7 "The Sky is the Limit", and Episode 10 "Around the World in Two Days). She ultimately won the season with her amazing New York inspired woman warrior collection. Irina is known for her tailoring, impeccable knitwear, and outerwear as well as her couture collections.

The season six finale was arguably the most highly contested finale in Project Runway History as all three designers, Shabayeva along with Carol Hannah Whitfield and Althea Harper, had never received a negative critique {need citation} No other season has had more than one such designer.

After Project Runway

Shabayeva has created many ready to wear and couture collections and has a very successful bridal collection She designed Selena Gomez's butterfly dress for the 2011 People's Choice Awards.[8] Carrie Underwood wore Irina Shabayeva's grey ombre gown on the cover of her album Blown Away.[citation needed] Irina continues to dress many celebs and private clients in her one of a kind couture gowns.

In 2013, Shabayeva became a contestant on Project Runway: All Stars (season 3).[9] and placed 6th in the competition. In 2015, Irina Shabayeva launched a lingerie collection in addition to continuing ready to wear and couture collection. Irina also has dedicated a lot other time to working with numerous charities . In the past she has partnered with the MacDella Cooper Foundation to benefit Ebola, The Freedom Ladder to end child trafficking and The Carol Galvin Foundation to aid women with cancer. On Feb 12, 2016 she will be showing a couture and lingerie collection at the Monarch in NYC to benefit Women's cancer research.


  1. ^ Nov. 20, 2009 US Magazine article on Irina Shabayeva
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  5. ^ Irina Shabayeva Fall 2010 Collection
  6. ^ Shabayeva page at
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  8. ^ Selena Gomez wears Project Runway winner Irina Shabayeva dress
  9. ^ Introducing the Season 3 Cast! Archived 2013-11-13 at the Wayback Machine.

External links

  • Official website
  • Irina Shabayeva on IMDb
Preceded by
Leanne Marshall
Project Runway winner
Irina Shabayeva
Succeeded by
Seth Aaron Henderson
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