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'Project Runway' Season 16 Winner Explains His (Actually Very Sweet) Dead Cat Story

Gina Carbone
Project Runway - Runway - September 2017 - New York Fashion Week: The Shows

Spoilers ahead from the "Project Runway" Season 16 finale.

"Project Runway" Season 16 kept the shockers coming right up to the end. Viewers -- and Brandon Kee -- were led to believe Brandon Kee was going to win, since the judges never criticized anything he did until the finale. But he ended up taking third, behind runner-up Ayana Ife and winner Kentaro Kameyama.

Kentaro wowed with his collection, but before that, he gave fans arguably the most memorable moment of the season during his hometown visit from Tim Gunn. The Japan native serenaded Tim on the piano, with the music featured during his New York Fashion Week collection. Tim called the music beautiful, and asked what gave him that idea. Kentaro said he found a dead cat on the street. He put his ear into the ground and this was the sound he heard.


Tim didn't really know how to react. The moment sparked plenty of memes, not out of disrespect for cats or Kentaro, but just at the sheer randomness of the inspiration. Who really saw that answer coming?!