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Lowville native’s designs shown at New York Fashion week


LOS ANGELES — In July, Lowville native Bradon P. McDonald said that “Project Runway” season 12 would be all about “make it work.”

After advancing to the Oct. 17 season finale as the fourth place finalist, fans could see he definitely made it work.

While Mr. McDonald lost to three others, he took his loss humbly and in stride.

In a post-season interview on the show’s website, Mr. McDonald said, “I stand behind my work. I hear all the comments the judges made. I don’t disagree with the judges necessarily, I do have a difference of opinion and I completely understand what they were saying and why they were saying it. And I will take those notes and walk with them into the future.”

There were a total of 16 participants in the season’s July 18 opener, “Sky’s the Limit,” in which Mr. McDonald won the challenge to design an outfit from a parachute. The former Mark Morris Dance Group professional dancer later won a challenge and his boyfriend’s heart in the fourth episode “Tie the Knot.” The challenge was to design an outfit from neckties. In addition to designing a top of neckties matched with shorts and a jacket, he proposed to his now-fiance, Josh.

He won challenges twice more and ultimately presented his pieces at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week, which ran from Sept. 5 to 12.

“Now when I have a project I don’t think of it in terms of weeks of even days. I think in a day and fifteen minute intervals,” confessed McDonald in a September interview, several days after fashion week wrapped up.

“Go back to that belief — your core belief, gut feeling — rely on your self-confidence. Otherwise everything in world seems impossible.”

To learn more about Bradon’s journey visit Project Runway at

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