The designers take a trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art to look at a collection of couture dresses. From them, they are asked to create an inspired signature look. They are given $500, which is a record for the show. Also, they have to work in teams of two designers. From the start, Ping and Jesse (she chose him) are at each other's throats. Maya feels that Jay is not really doing as much as he would were he not immune this week. Anthony fulfills his promise as the joker we all wanted him to be. In general, it was pretty satisfying. It looked like there was going be tension between Mila and Jonathan because she was spending the majority of the time working on a jacket while Jonathan was sewing everything else, but it stayed buried deep inside. On the second day of the challenge, Tim strides in and tells the designers that they have to create another look, this one inspired by the look that another team is working on AND for $50. Ping brings back an ugly fabric from Mood and Jesse doesn't even pretend that he doesn't hate her guts. On the runway, Maya does her sculptural thing to great effect. Their look for less was inspired by Janeane and Ben's dress. Michael thinks that they did more for $50 than the other team did with $500. Mila apparently did the right thing focusing on her jacket. The judges, including designer Matthew Williamson, love it. Michael is thrilled that someone made some separates. Mila wins the challenge! Ping and Jesse and Anthony and Seth Aaron are in the bottom. I guess Anthony's dress was a little overwrought, but... I actually thought it was kind of pretty. Seth Aaron totally takes half of the blame for anything wrong with their designs. Which brings us to Ping and Jesse. Jesse doesn't even wait for a bus to get there before throwing Ping down. He says that he had to teach her to sew. Even their model says that Ping didn't fit her in the look for less. The designs are predictably wacky and nonfunctional. And, Ping leaves us. She cries that this has been a huge learning experience and she's very happy with what she did. She really needed to go home, but I'll miss her.
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Previously: The designers created looks out of potato sacks. Pamela didn't listen to the Gunn and was ousted. Ping and Jesus were in the bottom as well. Ping's model went home! Jay won the challenge.
It's morning at the Atlas apartments. In the boys' apartment, someone wrote, "Yay, Jay!" on the chalkboard. Jesse asks Jesus if he plans on winning the competition by being in the bottom two the entire time. I'd really love to hear something like that first thing in the morning. Jesus interviews that, if he wants to go forward in the competition, he needs to be himself and design what Jesus designs. I can't tell if he's agreeing with Jesse or saying that he needs to work harder. Because, it looked like he was being plenty Jesus before. Jesse says that Jesus will just surprise them each challenge. He'll pull a "Ping." I'm really not sure what Jesse is getting at. Pull a "Ping" by surviving even though he's in the bottom? Because, Jesus has done that more often. Or, does he mean that he'll make something that everyone thinks is crap but gets praised by the judges? Jesse interviews that he believes Ping should have been sent home during the last challenge and he's shocked that she's still here. There's something a little too smug about that, especially coming from someone who hasn't come close to creating anything that special yet.
In the girls' apartment, Ping is having contact lens problems. She says that she can only see through one eye and Anna suggests that it may help her design. These bitches are harsh.
At the runway, Heidi greets everyone. She asks them if they are interested in meeting some of the most iconic fashion designers in history. No one is interested. Kidding! Of course, everyone's all, "I love fashion." Heidi says that Tim is waiting to introduce them to the icons. Janeane interviews that she has never met any top designers before, but she's also aware that Project Runway likes to pull a leg or two come challenge time.
Here we are at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan. Mila says that she knew where she was as soon as she got there. Terrific work, Mila. Others probably knew from the large etchings on the huge building that read, "Metropolitan Museum of Art." But, anyway, Mila adds that it's one of the most inspirational places in the world. Tim greets the designers in the newly reopened American Wing's Charles Engelhard Court. There are mannequins lined up in different gowns. They are iconic looks from the archives at the Costume Institute. Tim says that a designer's ultimate honor is to be among the designers included in the Costume Institute. They will be working in teams of two to create high-end looks that would be at home amongst the iconic looks in their company. Tim tells them that, in order to insure their success, they are getting a $500 budget! The crowd goes wild! This is the largest budget in the history of the show. We'd better see some beauty walking up in there. And, they'll have two days to work!