Bravo! Chicago Designers Steal the Show

Chicago was haute with wannabe fashion designers auditioning for a yet-to-be-named Project Runway-type show on Bravo.

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Strike a pose! Contestants model pieces from their clothing lines to fight for a spot on Bravo's yet to be named reality fashion design show at Joe's Bar in Chicago (940 W. Weed St).
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You could cut the tension with a knife as the contestants waited to show the judges their best stuff.
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Practice makes perfect! Each piece must have a story if it's going to stand out in this competition.
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Many waited for hours for a chance at reality TV fame.
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"We're looking for a needle in a haystack," says Ethan Peterson, a casting judge for the show. "If we find five people out of the hundreds we auditon, that would be a great day."
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Many contestants hired live models to highlight their designs.
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Choosing the best talent the Chi has to offer isn't easy. But these guys are professionals.
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"This would mean everything," says Ranaldo Perez, a contestent. "A show like this would show the world what I have to offer."
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The pressure was on. The contestants had to sell their pieces to professionals in the fashion industry.
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While many of the contestants had technical design training, some relied on natural talent.
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