Season 8: The loss that forever rocked Runway.
Bravely revealing his HIV-positive status on the show after keeping it secret for 10 years, 33-year-old Mondo was the runner-up, losing to controversial winner Gretchen Jones. Mondo expresses himself using bright colors and adventurous prints — he actually used his own bold plus-sign pattern in one challenge. Since the show, he has designed two limited edition tees in support of World AIDS Day for Piperlime. Last year, Heidi Klum was also spotted in one of his gowns at the L.A. premiere of Black Swan.
Season 1: Who can forget his corn-husk dress?
A romantic who channels his fanciful emotions into elegant and sophisticated designs, 28-year-old Austin came in fourth place after being auf'd in the inaugural season. Tim Gunn has recently said that Austin's now-famous cornhusk design was one of the most impressive of the series. Now, Austin uses his creative talent for good and advocates the arts and other charitable causes such as Equity Fights AIDS and Women in Need.