Project Runway Contestant Wendy Pepper Dead at 53


Fashion designer Wendy pepper died on Sunday in the company of her family. The ‘Project Runway’ first season contestant, whose real name is Ann Eustis Pepper was 53 years old at the time of her passing. The obituary published in Washington Post did not mention any cause of death.

The obituary describes Wendy as an exceptional designer who designed and hand-sued beautiful clothes for both adults and children. The post further described the fashion designer as ‘a chef, a writer, and a life-long entrepreneur. Her wit and humor were unmatched, as was her generosity of spirit.’

A lifetime representative, which currently shows the ‘Project Runway’ series confirmed Wendy’s death in a statement published on HuffPost.

Lifetime wished the family of Wendy Pepper peace as they go through this trying time. They described her as an original designer who sent fascinating designs down the aisle, creating a path for upcoming designers.

Wendy is the second of the ‘Project Runway’ family to pass on this year. Last month another contestant, Michael Knight died at 39.

Wendy Pepper participated in project runway in its first season, becoming one of the most legendary participants of the fashion series. She took position three in the competition. Wendy returned later during the second season, project runway all stars. She wasn’t as good as in season one, so she got eliminated in round two of the challenge.

The designer was born in Ohio and raised in Washington. She went to the University of Washington. She attended a trip in Nepal, and the local textiles and customs she saw inspired her to become a fashion designer.

She opened her store after competing in the ‘Project Runway,’ and created the fashion line, Pretty World.

Wendy Pepper leaves behind a daughter, whom she was so proud of, she mentioned her often during the reality TV series. She also left a sister, three brothers and many nephews and nieces.