According to several sources, ‘Project Runway’ designer Mychael Knight passed away on Tuesday at the age of 39.
Obvious Mag reports Mychael died at 7:25am outside of Atlanta, GA, while surrounded by his loving family and friends. No other details about his passing have been released at this time.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Knight broke into the fashion industry in Atlanta, Georgia by working as an intern at Wilbourn Exclusives in 2001 and then by becoming a Fashion Stylist in the music industry in 2002.
In 2005, Knight auditioned for the second season of the Bravo network reality television series, Project Runway, but he was not accepted as a Season Two Contestant. In 2006, Knight reauditioned for Project Runway, and this time he was accepted as a contestant for season three. Knight went on to win season three’s Fan Favorite award and to place fourth in the overall competition.
In 2007, Knight introduced his label, Mychael Knight, on BET’s Rip the Runway and he designed a line of custom tees for the Starbucks Corporation.
In 2008, Knight launched Kitty & Dick, his female and male lingerie label, and his unisex fragrance, MajK.
On August 20, 2009, the Project Runway: All-Star Challenge aired on Lifetime Television. Knight joined Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice of season two, Jeffrey Sebelia and Uli Herzner of season three, Chris March and Sweet P of season four, and Korto Momolu of season five in a special, “one-shot” competition where the winner, Daniel Vosovic, received $100,000.
On March 17, 2010, Mychael Knight debuted his Fall/Winter 2010 line at Charleston Fashion Week in Charleston, South Carolina.
In 2013, Knight became a contestant on Project Runway: All Stars (season 3).
His family asks that their privacy is respected during their time of grieving.