"You're four of the most excellent designers I've ever encountered," Gunn reveals, as the contestants gear up for a challenge to determine who will compete at New York Fashion Week. "You have blown me away."
"I mean, I don't even have the adequate words to say how wowed I am," he continues. "And I'm just glad I'm not a judge."
Before he leaves the room, a seemingly speechless Gunn explains what they have to do before showing off their designs to the panel of fashion expert judges, Kelly Osbourne, Christian Siriano and Aya Kanai.
"Carry on with the rest of the day, your models will be in for a fitting, and you have four more hours, OK?" he explains, getting a little emotional. "I love you all. Have a good day!"
The series began with 12 young hopefuls competing to win the grand prize of a full scholarship to the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising -- a top fashion school in California -- a feature in Seventeen magazine, a home sewing and crafting studio provided by Brother and $25,000 to kick start their own fashion line. Now, it's down to four: Zachary, 16; Samantha, 16; Maya, 13; and Peytie, 15.
"It's such a huge compliment to hear Tim say that we're four of the best designers he's ever encountered because he's worked with 14 seasons of Project Runway," Maya says in a solo interview.