Nicolas Putvinski is a Russian fashion designer. He was a contestant on Project Runway (season 6) in which he finished in 7th place. Nicolas was born in Moscow, Russia. Nicolas realized his designer potential at age 15 when he made a pleather tube topdress for his 12-year-old sister. An immigrant from Russia, Nicolas spent most of his childhood in San Diego, CA and had only three weeks to learn English before starting school in America. Nicolas went on to study design at the Fashion Institute of Technology and received further training at Izquierdo Studio in New York. Nicolas has had a number of works commissioned by W Magazine and Vogue, and some of his greatest fashion achievements include designing a dress for Marchesa and serving as the lead assistant to the costumer who makes the famous angel wings for Victoria’s Secret. Hence, he is the first designer to appear on the show who had designed something for the host, supermodel Heidi Klum wore in her professional life.