January 18, 2013 04:00 PM by Donna W. Martin
Anthony Ryan was crowned the winner of Project Runway All Stars on Thursday night’s finale. The judges were the most impressed with his designs saying he had the newest looking collection and gave his print vulnerability through artistic interpretation. Take the jump to see what Anthony Ryan had to say about his win.
According to Lifetime, Anthony Ryan spoke of the day before the runway show. “Yesterday, I was a hot mess,” he said. “I’ve been working so hard and [me and Joanna were] watching this collection come down [the runway] and it’s so exciting.” The moment was truly surreal, he said, “I’m here but I’m not really here. I can’t really explain that, it’s like an out of body experience.”
“I love what I did. I love the collection. I love each and every individual piece…this is probably one of the best collections I have ever done.”
When the show was over and he was standing in front of the judges to hear their critiques, he said Isaac gave him the biggest compliment ever. “Isaac tells me, ‘That dress blows my mind. It’s like the best dress I’ve ever seen on Project Runway’ and I’m like really? Ever? That’s the biggest compliment that I have gotten all season.”
When the moment came to announce the winner, he said, “I’m standing up on the runway and I’m just thinking about how this would change everything. It’s like you don’t want to think about it and then you do. This is the moment to think about it because it’s down to it; it’s down to the three of us and that chance to change everything…and they’re about to tell you yes or no.”
He said he was shocked and “about lost it” when Uli took second runner up because he thought she would have been one of the last two standing. But then it’s “down to me and Emilio,” he said, “and my lip is probably gone at this point and I’m shaking. I’m just waiting on Carolyn to give the name [of the winner] and it’s probably the longest minute of my entire life. Then she calls my name.” Still in shock, he said, “Even now, I sit here and I’m like ‘did this really just happen to me?’ I’m so happy I won Project Runway All Stars. I would have never thought in a million years. I came to this not expecting anything out of it except coming back to design, wanting to show a collection, and I’m going to be able to do more…and I love that.”
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