Mychael Knight, a fashion designer who was a finalist on the popular competition show “Project Runway,” has died aged 39.
Knight passed away near Atlanta. His death was announced by Jerris Madison, a friend and the editor of Obvious, a fashion publication.
Madison didn’t specify the cause, but Mr. Knight had written on social media about his struggle with irritable bowel syndrome.
In 2006, Knight appeared on Season 3 of “Project Runway,” and finished fourth. He returned for “Project Runway All Stars” in 2013, finishing eighth.
Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, before attending Washingtonville Senior High School in New York’s Orange County. He then attended Georgia Southern University in Statesboro and graduated in 2001 with a degree in apparel design and merchandising.
He interned in Atlanta before becoming a stylist in the music industry in 2002.
On “Project Runway” in 2006, Knight won that season’s award as fan favourite. The following year he introduced his eponymous label on BET’s “Rip the Runway” and designed custom T-shirts for Starbucks.
In 2008 he introduced Kitty & Dick, a lingerie label for men and women, and MajK, a fragrance.
Knight is survived by his parents, Michael Sr. and Pamela Knight, and two sisters.
Madison said that Knight’s “Project Runway” appearance caught the eye of celebrities like Toni Braxton, Sheri Shepherd and Eva Marcille, who became his clients.
Mr. Knight, he said, “was just getting to that point where people were saying, ‘Hey, I remember this guy.’”