EVERY CASTING SESSION has its share of over-the-top costumes suited for Lady Gaga or BeyoncÉ. For the average gal? Not so much.
THE NO-FRILLS JUDGMENT ROOM (seen here at New York's Hilton Hotel) can be a bit intimidating. It's where dreams are made or crushed.
PARTY PANTS! In New York, Felicia Rein gets a laugh for her "man pants," painted with farmer-tanned legs and complete with slouchy athletic socks.
A STRIKING WIG AND BLACK LIPSTICK, while memorable, do not increase one's chances of making it to New York Fashion Week.
SOME DESIGNERS bring clothes on racks, some bring human hangers. MC's Katie L. Connor judges the clothes — not the models in them.
YOU THINK WE'RE ALONE, but the judges and designers share the room with producers and casting agents who watch the process on monitors.
EMILY POLLARD wins the judges over with laughs and quirky designs — think plastic-varnished dresses and goat-fur embellishments.
MAX LOHRBACH, an art school graduate, traded canvases for fabrics, drawing whimsical motifs on corsets, dresses, and even an eye patch.
ERYKAH BADU, IS THAT YOU? No, it's Kooan Kosuke, who was cast in PR's sixth season but had to drop out. Now he's back!
THE SEATTLE JUDGES PANEL: (From left) MC's Jeremy Lee Spears, PR All Stars winner Mondo Guerra, and Carol Plese from Chicago boutique Blake.
AMONG THE USES for these sci-fi stompers: lighting a dark alley, finding dropped contact lenses, and/or searching for monsters under the bed.
ISABEL CROSBY'S TATTOO is a tribute to her grandmother, who taught her how to sew. On her inner arm: a sewing machine tat, naturally.
SOMETIMES YOU CAN'T JUDGE a designer until you've tried on a piece. MC's Zanna Roberts Rassi slips into Sean Him's sportif coat.
SIGNS OF THE APOCALYPSE: intricately layered zippers sculpted into body armor. So very Tina Turner in Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.
SHEILA RASHID was a no-show at her New York audition but makes up for it in Atlanta with her super-chill attitude and drop-crotch pants.
THE MADCAP DRAWING on Shenandoah Bauer's clutch spoke to MC's Jeremy Lee Spears so much he almost took it home with him.
THE JUDGES LOVE Paul Lewandowski's graphic visions but worry that the time constraints of PR's challenges might be his downfall.
AFTER TRYING OUT last season with Kentucky Derby dresses, Gunnar Deatherage is successful with Amelia Earhart — gone-equestrian pieces.
THE CLAWS COME OUT for designer Domonique Echeverria, whose hobby is performing as a drag queen despite being biologically female.
THE COOLEST: MC's Jeremy Lee Spears (center) hits the streets of NYC with fellow casting judges Seth Aaron Henderson and Mondo Guerra.