In 2017, Project Runway came to an end after 16 seasons following host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn’s departure. Fast forward two years later, the fashion designing show is back and bigger than ever, aiming to “focus on diversity and the evolution of the fashion industry in the digital age,” according to WWD.
For starters, supermodel Karlie Kloss is not only filling in as the host for the show—she also serves as the executive producer for the reboot. Tim Gunn, whose catchphrase “Make It Work” has been a huge part of the show, will be replaced by Christian Siriano, who was the show’s Season four winner and arguably the most well-known designer from the series. While Elle’s Editor-in-Chief Nina Garcia will remain as one of the judges for the show, joining her, will be up-and-coming American designer Brandon Maxwell (whose clienteles include Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and Jennifer Lawrence, and Elaine Welteroth, former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue. The panel of three will be joined by a different guest judge every week, and so far, we know Cardi B, designer Dapper Dan, actress Danielle Brooks, and stylist Marni Senofonte will be making their appearances.
Designer-wise, as the Project Runway reboot is highlighting diversity this season, you can expect 17 designers from different backgrounds, including a Syrian refugee and a few from Colombia, India, and Samoa. Same goes to the models. Talents of all races and sizes have been casted for the show, including its first transgender model. The designers will receive mentorship from the Council of Fashion Designers of America, and will compete for the biggest cash prize in the show’s history—USD$250,000. As they are meant to reflect the evolution of the industry, new challenges that will revolve around social media, online purchasing and fast fashion will be introduced in the episodes.
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