‘Project Runway’s’ Mychael Knight dead at 39

Sources have confirmed fashion designer Mychael Knight died on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017.

According to obviousmag.com, Knight “died at 7:25 a.m. EST outside of Atlanta on Oct. 17, 2017, surrounded by his loving family and friends. His family asks that their privacy is respected during this time of grieving.”

Knight appeared on season three of  “Project Runway” in 2006 and had the amazing opportunity to show off his collection during Olympus Fashion Week in New York City.

According to his bio:

Michael Anthony Knight, Jr. was born on April 11, 1978, in Nuremberg, Germany to Pamela and Michael Anthony Knight, Sr.

Although Knight spent his childhood in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1996, he received his high school diploma from Washingtonville Senior High School in Washingtonville, New York. Later that same year, Knight began his freshman year of college at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, Georgia. In 2001, this university awarded Knight a Bachelor of Science degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising.

In 2007, Knight introduced his label, Mychael Knight, on BET’s Rip the Runway and he designed a line of custom tees for the Starbucks Corporation.

In 2008, Knight launched Kitty & Dick, his female and male lingerie label, and his unisex fragrance, MajK.

On August 20, 2009, the Project Runway: All-Star Challenge aired on Lifetime Television. Knight joined Daniel Vosovic and Santino Rice of season two, Jeffrey Sebelia and Uli Herzner of season three, Chris March and Sweet P of season four, and Korto Momolu of season five in a special, “one-shot” competition where the winner, Daniel Vosovic, received $100,000.

On March 17, 2010, Mychael Knight debuted his Fall/Winter 2010 line at Charleston Fashion Week in Charleston, South Carolina.

In 2013, Knight became a contestant on Project Runway: All Stars.

He died of an intestinal disorder.

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  • John Derek Ward
    October 17, 2017


  • Cara Hermosa
    October 17, 2017

    Am I wrong? But I was told that Mr. Knight had ask RollingOut to cover his last fashion show, and RO turned him down. Is that true?

  • Cara Hermosa
    October 17, 2017

    And if that is true, why are you covering him now to only get hits from his untimely death? If you didn’t honor him in life, why honor him for his death for your profit?

    • Roddy Rod
      October 18, 2017

      Cara, I am not understanding the nature of your concern. I don’t see whether or not an media request or sponsorship happen or not has anything to do with a Urban Media Outlet covering and informing the public about the death of someone in the urban community. Neither do I see why this angers you so much, maybe you have a better insight than I do, but it seems as if you asked a question for clarity to what possibly has happen in the past and got clarification but this response seem a little loaded. However, I do not see why Rolling Out would not address his death. One would believe that Rolling Out and Mychael would have some of the same followers. So, to me, I take it as showing respect for a talent person that is now gone from our community and celebrating the things that he contributed to that community because other outlets will not and has not.

  • Macintosh Smith
    October 18, 2017

    My deepest sympathy goes out to Mychael Knight’s family and friends.

    In regards to Ms. Cara Hermosa’s statement, when it comes to fashion publicity, many publications are looking for reciprocal relationships. Fashion creators who don’t know to, or can’t afford to follow the industry protocol for media-relations will go unrecognized in the periodicals. I don’t know the specifics of Mycheal Knight’s case, however as a communications specialist, I do know that quite often marketing and communications are an after-thought amongst the fashion creators. Too many fashion creators neglect to follow proper protocol for media-relations. Amongst the fashion creators there exist a naiveté that takes hold of an allegiance towards event staging; instead of communications.

    • Yvette Caslin
      October 18, 2017

      Well said. However, I was never notified of any request for a cover. Thus, Cara Hermosa has been misinformed.

  • Mac Smith
    October 18, 2017

    Fashion business is business… Not Christmas!

  • Millicent Emmanuel
    October 19, 2017

    My sympathies to the Family of Mr. Knight.

  • rzar
    October 26, 2017

    Wow! I’m in shock..so young and talented…my deepest condolences to his friends and family.

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