EXCLUSIVE: Mondo Guerra on Designing a Dress for Heidi Klum in Just One Day!

11/12/2010 at 05:15 PM ET

Heidi Klum Shows Support for Runway Runner-Up Mondo Guerra!Jason Merritt/Getty

Mondo Guerra may have lost Project Runway, but he already has one big-name client: Heidi Klum. The TV hostess arrived at Thursday night’s Black Swan premiere in Los Angeles dressed in a variation of Guerra’s finale showpiece, a long, fitted black dress patterned with graphic white bubbles. Klum was a proponent of the Denver native throughout the competition, supporting him over eventual Runway winner Gretchen Jones in the show’s heated finale. “Mondo Guerra was a fan favorite, and one of my favorites as well,” Klum tells Modelinia.com. “I love his … gown; it really represents his design style, fun yet still chic.” Guerra exclusively tells PEOPLE that he just happened to be in Los Angeles this week when he got a fateful phone call. “As I was packing to come back to Denver my cell phone rang and a bright, cheery, ‘Hello’ greeted me, with a German accent,” he says. “I wasn’t sure who it was, but the next thing I knew, the voice on the other end was asking me, ‘Do you have my dress?'” Ready to drop everything for Klum, Guerra set up an immediate fitting, then jetted home to Denver and hit the fabric store. “The next morning I came back to my studio and made the dress, shipped it overnight for early morning delivery,” he shares. “I knew she had received the dress, but was she going to wear it?” The answer is now fabulously clear, although Guerra didn’t know until about 10 p.m. Thursday night, when friends started reaching out. “I opened Facebook and there on my page were pictures of Heidi wearing the dress,” he recalls. “I yelled, ‘She wore it!’ I slept very well last night.” Guest judge Jessica Simpson also called dibs on the dress during Runway‘s finale, so maybe Mondo’s phone will ring again soon? –Kate Hogan

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Tracy Schmitt on

Brilliant MOndo! The dress looks fabulous and as so many people have said all along…YOU ARE THE WINNER!

Jon on

That’s very nice to hear, I like The PHOTOS!

Ash on

I think Mando should’ve won! His clothes were FABULOUS!! Gretchen was full of herself!! ehhh! GOOOOOOOOOO MANDO!!!!

Laura on

With or without sleeves…still FABULOUS! And Mondo gets the last laugh! Yay!

Jessie on

I thought this picture was taken when she was pregnant and to my surprise this is recently.

itznia on

Mondo rocks!!! And were is Gretchen – NOWHERE to be found!!! Shocker!!

Shane Sowers on

Well, well… Heidi caves in to the other judges on Project Runway and then wants to wear Mondo’s design? How interesting. Why didn’t she show up in one of Wretchen’s diaper outfits, since she was deemed the “winner?” Even though the dress still looks wonderful, it was even better with the sleeves. Glad Mondo got the last laugh. I still will never watch Project Runway again after this season. The lengthening in time sucked, all the vicious back-stabbing that was allowed to go on (to create “drama”) sucked, and Michael C not being at Fashion Week and especially Wretchen winning completely sucked. Will never watch the show again. Instead, I think I’ll check out the new show with Iman and Isaac. Maybe it will be judged fairly, unlike Project Runway this season.

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christine on

Yay Mondo and way to go Heidi!! Mondo’s dress and entire collection were/are “fashion forward” and “this pleases me,” as Tim would say. I wish Mondo great success. I, like, many, I mean everybody, knows he is the real winner of season 8. (Sorry Gretchen, you belong at Wal-Mart).

Cat on

yay for Mondo. I won’t be watching Project Runway anymore. With all the childish drama and to top it all off Gretchen actually winning. She honestly did not deserve that win. I blame Lifetime. PR was so much better on Bravo. :(

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