Project Runway: Meet the Season 10 Designers

Posted on June 15, 2012

Alicia Hardesty, 27

Hometown: Brandenburg, KY; Resides in: Los Angeles, CA

What’s your design training/schooling?
I went to Colorado State University for my design and production training.
Do you think you can win PR?
Does anybody say no? Yes, I think I could win. I do think I have something different to offer as a designer, a different perspective. I plan to let that shine as much as I can, and ride the roller coaster to the end.

Andrea Katz, 58

Hometown: Oceanside, NY; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Art school and self-taught on the job.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes and no. Yes, because I feel confident about my ability to design and work under pressure. No, because I work independently of most conventional ideas about designing for a mass market – especially in the current economic atmosphere. But you never know.

Beatrice Guapo, 29

Hometown: Orange County, CA; Resides in: Marina del Rey, CA

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Institute of Design and Marketing, Los Angeles.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes! Fashion is my life’s inspiration. I love how the right clothes can actually create a positive emotional change. When you’re loving your digs, you love life a little more. When you’re loving them because I made them for you, I’m loving life with you! Besides having the emotional connection to fashion, i have the talent and fresh approach for the marketplace.

Buffi Jashanmal, 32

Hometown: London, England/Dubai UAE; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
AAS in Fashion Design at Parsons. 2x summer courses at the London College of Fashion.
Do you think you can win PR?
I HOPE I WIN! I think I need to focus on my customer to nail the PRIZE! I could win because I am doing something different and fun and people notice my designs and style. As a designer I have always grabbed attention with my fun and quirky designs and prints and use of color. Nowadays people are taking a few more risks with how they dress. My overall collection might not be for everybody, but there is a piece in there for everyone.

Christopher Palu, 24

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY; Resides in: Massapequa, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Institute of Technology.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes! Because my vision is crystal clear. I know what I need to do to win. I have what it takes to be the winner of Season 10. I have a lot of different looks, styles, techniques to bring to the table. I’m in it to win it, and no one can stop me!

Dmitry Sholokhov, 33

Hometown: Novopolotsk, Belarus; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
I graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Fashion Design.
Do you think you can win PR?
Absolutely YES!

Elena Slivnyak, 28

Hometown: Kiev, Ukraine; Resides in: Daly City, CA

What’s your design training/schooling?
I got an AA degree in product development and a bachelor’s of liberal arts majoring in fashion design from Academy of Art University.
Do you think you can win PR?
I think I have something different to deliver to the fashion world, a new take on the way I see the fashion world and a whole different girl than who everyone usually designs for. I feel I really grew as a designer in the last few years, and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me on the show.

Fabio Costa, 29

Hometown: Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Resides in: Brooklyn, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Design School.
Do you think you can win PR?
I know I can win. I understand my strengths and weaknesses, but I also understand that this is a design competition and I know that my ideas are unique and fresh. That’s what the judges are looking for, that’s what the industry is looking for, but ultimately it is what the progressive customer is looking for. People don’t want to look generic and boring, and I’m the designer that’s going to bring in the new.

Gunnar Deatherage, 22

Hometown: LaGrange, Kentucky; Resides in: Louisville, KY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Self-taught.
Do you think you can win PR?
Absolutely. If you want something bad enough, you’ll find a way to get it.

Kooan Kosuke, 30

Hometown: Himeji-shi, Japan; Resides in: Queens, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Institute of Technology.
Do you think you can win PR?
YES! Because I SAY so. Well, because I am going to try my best of best and see what happens.

Lantie Foster, 48

Hometown: Sacramento, CA; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Two years at Brooks College in Long Beach, California, and two years at F.I.T. in NYC.
Do you think you can win PR?
I know I will. Why? You’ll see.

Melissa Fleis, 31

Hometown: Rogers City, MI; Resides in: San Francisco, CA

What’s your design training/schooling?
MFA in Fashion Design from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes, because I am confident in my vision and believe “Project Runway” will recognize this.

Nathan McDonald, 33

Hometown: Zanesville, OH; Resides in: New York, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
Fashion Institute of Technology.
Do you think you can win PR?
Yes, because I know how to play to win.

Raul Osorio, 27

Hometown: Canoga Park, CA/Honduras; Resides in: Minneapolis, MN

What’s your design training/schooling?
I learned from my mom, but I also went to MCTC for a while.
Do you think you can win PR?
I could win because I am very talented and I have a great sense of style. I am also a fast sewer and I’m just the best.

Sonjia Williams, 27

Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in: Woodside, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
I went to Lasell College in Newton, Massachusetts.
Do you think you can win PR?
I think I can win because I have the talent and drive to do so.

Ven Budhu, 28

Hometown: Berbice, Guyana; Resides in: Kew Gardens, NY

What’s your design training/schooling?
I graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in womenswear. I spent my third year of college attending Polimoda in Florence, Italy.
Do you think you can win PR?
I don’t want to bore you and give you the same answer that everyone else will about how talented and creative they are, etc. I am extremely passionate about being a designer. I strongly believe that like any other artist, musician, poet, actor, etc., it is something you are born with and are meant to do. Skills can be learned, but to have the passion and drive is just something that cannot be acquired. I am not a face that you see or affiliate with Mercedes Benz Fashion Week. I was born in a third-world country, moved to Queens New York at age 4, was drawing and designing at a young age, pursued my passion for design while living in the greatest city in the world, and finally graduated as Designer of the Year from the Fashion Institute of Technology, graduating class of 2006. Now I am seeking every opportunity that I can to make my dream a reality because I know this is what I was meant to do. I hope Project Runway will be the stepping stone of launching my career and I want to show the world that no matter where you are or where you come from, things don’t come easy but you have to work hard, take initiative, and make your dream a reality. IT IS POSSIBLE.

 

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