All of the designers seem fatigued from the beginning. This the challenge where they get to design a textile! That's not all though. It has to be inspired by their cultural heritage. Mondo presents the challenge, because it was so freaking powerful when he created a textile on his season. Also, Heidi's hair was really beautiful in the flashback clip.
They get "cultural dossiers" delivered by their loved ones. Elena's mother is seriously gorgeous, but... she gave birth to Elena. I'm torn. Fabio and his boyfriend are so cute together. Gunnar decides to make a print based on his history of being bullied while he was in school. It's fairly touching, especially considering he's so persistently positive when that kind of past can make a lot of people a lot harder.
Dmitry makes separates! I repeat, Dmitry does NOT make a dress. Christopher has problems. He's not a fan of prints and this challenge is... challenging for him. When they go home from work, the designers families and friends had cooked dinner for them. The next day, they get to work with their fabrics. Christopher still doesn't know what he wants to do. Fabio's print is legit penises and vaginas. I thought it was an accident at first, but it wasn't. Christopher really doesn't know what to do, however, he and Gunnar are becoming better friends and that's awesome. Christopher tells us that he experienced similar bullying as Gunnar.
Oh my God, Tim tells Ven that his print looks like an "homage to a menstrual cycle." Maxi pads that have soaked up blood. Out loud. Tim says that out loud. He cries about it and Ven looks exactly the same when he's crying as when he's not crying, which is unusual. He's like Demi Moore in Ghost. Gunnar makes a jacket that looks a little tortured, even though his pattern is pretty interesting. The loved ones sit beside the designers at the fashion show, which is sweet.
Sonjia rocks out some pants, which I think look pretty cute. Fabio makes a cute little jacket of penises and vaginas. Dmitry's print seems a little like a national costume, which Mondo had warned was a mistake. However, he designed the HELL out of this little jacket over his print. Anya is a guest judge with Mondo! Poor Gunnar gets smacked for his design. It's so sad because his message is really lovely. Mondo is the meanest judge that we've had in quite some time. Christopher is in the bottom two with Ven and Gunnar. The judges call Tim in to ask why he didn't say something to Ven about him repeating his fan effect. He relays to them his frustration about the period dress. Gross, ya'll. Dmitry wins the challenge! Gunnar and Ven are in the bottom two. Gunnar is... out. Poor guy. He and Christopher hug!
Previously: The designers had to beg for money for fabric. Dmitry, Alicia and Elena were one of the worst groups ever. Sonjia bounced back from her previous low and won her second challenge. Poor Alicia, who never really got to show her stuff, got caught in the middle of Battle of the Breadbasket of the USSR and was eliminated.
It's morning at the Atlas Building. Isn't it always? As alarm clocks are screaming and designers are wishing they had never been born, Christopher tells us that he can't believe that the competition is half over. Funny, I feel like this has lasted for a year. Also, Ven always seems to be hitting Christopher with a pillow in order to wake him up. Logic tells me that they're probably already awake because the film crews don't sleep there and they have to set up and everything, so you'd have to be a crazy sound sleeper in order to make it through that REM's intact, but I'd still get pissed if some dude kept hitting me with a pillow. Or maybe I just don't like Ven. Or maybe I have rage issues. At least I'm searching.
Christopher says that they have lost a lot of people and he's scared about who is going to leave next. We see a little ink drawing of 12 of the designers on some poster board with "Project Runway 10" at the bottom. Is that Dmitry or... Mary Kay Place? They're all very talented people.
In the Gunnar, Fabio and Dmitry apartment, Dmitry says that the previous challenge was very difficult. Fabio agrees and says that he was not happy at all. Gunnar interviews that this competition is the most grueling thing that he has ever done. He says that it takes all of you. This is how I feel about my dancing. Dmitry says that he doesn't want to see Elena and Gunnar feigns surprise that he's not ready for another fight with her. Dmitry responds and I don't understand him. It's "just unfair"? It's "Tammy Faye"? I don't know, he doesn't want to fight with Elena is all. He interviews that he knows he is a good designer and he's just going to do whatever he wants to do and the chips will fall where they may. Also, he says that he's going to win.
Meanwhile, Elena is saying that she's going to stay away from Dmitry because he annoys the shit out of her. Well good. That's handled. She interviews that staying positive has been difficult because there is so much stress in the competition. Melissa asks her if she thinks that Dmitry will make another dress for this challenge. Elena reminds them that Heidi warned him that he needed to do something different but they all point out that he has done nothing but dresses for the entire competition.