(1974 - living) U.S.A
Jay McCarroll, born in Lehman, Pennsylvania native, graduated from Lake-Lehman High School. He was a member of Field of View winter guard based out of West Chester, Pennsylvania. He designed flags and costumes for them, as well as other color guards in the Northeast.
Jay dropped out of Philadelphia University without graduating in 1995. He moved to London to study at the London College of Fashion, and lived in London selling clothes in Camden Market after he graduated. He sold clothing in Amsterdam before moving back to the U.S. and getting a job designing webpages for an adult video website. He started as a chat room monitor before rising to become the manager and film producer.
Jay, who is openly gay, gained fame after winning the debut season of the competitive reality show Project Runway in 2005. As the winner of the show's first season, McCarroll was awarded $100,000, a mentorship from Banana Republic, and a spot in the prestigious 2005 New York Fashion Week event. However, Jay turned down the money and the mentorship, citing a contractual clause stipulating that the Project Runway production company would own a 10% stake of all his professional ventures in perpetuity. The company has since dropped this clause. He returned to Fashion Week on September 15, 2006, debuting his new collection, Transport, with a show under the prestigious tents.
In April of 2008 with the help of long time friend Dave Larkins, Jay launched an online boutique and blog at http://www.jaymccarroll.com.
After leaving New York, McCarroll now teaches at Philadelphia University and has a fashion line on QVC.
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