Remember Nora Caliguri Pagel? A season one contestant of Project Runway who disappeared from the TV world after 2005. Well, she’s back on the reality competition for its 20th installment.
Keep reading this Nora Caliguri Pagel Bio to catch up.
Nora Caliguri Pagel On Project Runway All-Stars Season 20
Project Runway season 20 was different. Instead of following the usual order of calling in brand-new aspiring designers, the show bought in the past contestants from over the last 19 seasons. This meant tougher challenges, more drama, and of course a higher cash prize i.e. $250,000.
Our star, Nora Caliguri Pagel, was invited to the show, thanks to her participation in the inaugural season of Project Runway. “I had just graduated from Pratt at age 21 and thought trying out would be fun instead of getting a job,” Nora explained why she first joined the show
Unfortunately, Nora was eliminated halfway through season 1, coming in eighth after her wedding dress design failed to impress the judges. That season, Jay McCarroll was crowned top designer.
Over the years, the designer then stopped following the reality series. Not because she didn’t like it anymore, but because she didn’t have cable or the time.
So, being invited to the All-Stars season out of the blue was surreal for her. “This second chance means a lot to me because I am able to share a part of my 20s that my kids and husband had never seen. It’s also cool to be able to come back and update anyone who is interested in what I’m up to,” she shared.
Now, over 18 years older and wiser (since she first appeared on the show), Nora said that her approach would be to “take it all in and make the best of the experience.” In the past, her outlook was to “try my hardest and whatever happens, happens!”
But Nora’s fellow season one contestant, runner-up Kara Saun, who also joined the show, said, “Nora has not changed in 18 years!”
How Much Is Nora Caliguri Pagel Net Worth?
Nora Caliguri Pagel garnered a net worth of under $1 million by 2023.
A fashion designer, Nora still works at Authentic Lifestyle Products. However, instead of her former job as the Design Director, she’s now working as the company’s Creative Director.
Besides this, Nora also works as the Design Director at Lukka Lux, a premium activewear and athleisure brand.
Over her 2 decades as a designer, Nora has always found it hard to manage time. “I’m a creative director at a fashion company, I have young kids, and there is always a lot going on. So, getting to work on what I want to work on at the end of the day is tough,” she said. What kept her going, though, was acknowledging “how lucky I am to be able to be doing what I love for a living and using my talent.”
Her fashion icon is the late Virgil Abloh. “Every time I saw one of his runway shows, or when he would put out a furniture piece or brand collaboration, I’d think, this guy is just beyond creative. I love the smart details he always had,” she explained
So far, Nora has collaborated with major companies like Champion Athletics, Target, Kenneth Cole, and Kendall + Kylie. But she has yet to work for her dream client, her daughter. “I’m excited for when she gets to be a little older and I get to dress her and design for her. (That is, of course, if she’ll let me),” she said.
As for her education, Nora got her BFA in Fashion Design from Pratt Institute in 2004, a Graphic Design degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2012, and a Fine and Studio Arts degree from Paier College of Art Inc in 2000.
Nora Caliguri Pagel Age
Nora Caliguri Pagel was 40 years of age when she appeared on Project Runway in 2023.
This means she was just 21 when she first competed on the show.
Nora Caliguri Pagel Family
Nora Caliguri Pagel comes from a family of five.
Her father, Anthony Caliguri @caligurianthony is a Stratford, Connecticut native who studied MBA at the University Of Connecticut. Later, he went on to work at the Hospital Corporation of America/HCA and Lexus.
As for her mother, Nora Chomicz Caliguri @norarn78 is from Westbury, New York.
Anthony and Nora turned 71 and 66 years of age respectively in 2023.
Talking about her siblings, Mark F Caliguri (born: Mar 1980) attended the University of New Hampshire, while Audrey Caliguri (born: Apr 1986) went to Adelphi University.
Now, Audrey is the Head of Business Affairs, Session Vocalist at Human Music & Sound Design. He lives in Ossining, New York with his wife Jared Goodman, and their two kids.
Sadly, Nora’s both paternal and maternal grandfathers, Joseph R. Caliguri and Casimir Anthony Chomicz have passed away.
Where Is Nora Caliguri Pagel From?
Nora Caliguri Pagel was born and raised in Cheshire, Connecticut.
But in 2023, she resided in Metuchen, New Jersey
Nora Caliguri Pagel Husband
Nora Caliguri Pagel is a year younger than her husband Todd Pagel.
In 2023, Todd had been working as a US Coast Guard Officer for over 12 years, and as a teacher at Edison Board of Education for almost 14 years. He taught four classes of U.S. History and one Psychology Elective.
Todd is also a former councilman, still passionate about making Metuchen “the most desirable, sustainable, creative, walkable and bicycle friendly town in New Jersey.” He was elected to the Borough Council from 2017 to 2020 where he was responsible for adopting ordinances, resolutions, and policies for the Borough government.
Together, Nora and Todd share two kids — a son (younger) and a daughter (older).
When Is Nora Caliguri Pagel Birthday?
Nora receives her birthday wishes in December.
How Tall Is Nora Caliguri Pagel?
Nora stands tall at a height of 5 feet 3 inches (160 cm).
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