Meet the Project Runway Season 12 Designers

Posted on June 21, 2013

For the 12th season of Lifetime’s Emmy®-nominated reality-competition series Project Runway (#ProjectRunway), die-hard “FAN-addicts” of the hit program will experience the show like never before when it premieres on Thursday, July 18, at 9pm ET/PT. Marking a series first, Project Runway’s legion of fans will be able to interact with viewers across the country in real-time during each episode through the new interactive on-screen feature, PlayRunway, empowering fans to use their smartphones, tablets and computers to share their reactions to episode storylines, design challenges and decisions by judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia and Zac Posen, and mentor Tim Gunn.

Additional new fan integration elements include:

Runway Redemption (#RunwayRedemption) – a mystery contestant from a past season, chosen by fans on mylifetime.com, will be unveiled as the 16th designer for season 12.

Project Runway Superfan Contest – via video submissions, seven super fans will be chosen to be featured in an upcoming episode this season for a fashion makeover.

More Tim Gunn – fans have asked and Project Runway has delivered. This season, Gunn will join Klum and the judges to watch the runway show, answer questions the judges have about what transpired in the workroom and give them an opportunity to physically examine the workmanship of each design. Also, for the first time in Project Runway history, Gunn will be able to “rescue” one designer during course of the season he feels deserves a second chance.

A number of high-profile guest judges are set to join Project Runway this cycle, including actress and model Kate Bosworth, fashionista Kelly Osbourne, actress and comedienne Allison Williams, multiple Academy Award®, Emmy and Golden Globe® nominee Sigourney Weaver, TV stars Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kaley Cuoco, as well as original Project Runway judge Michael Kors and Stacy Keibler, host of Lifetime’s Supermarket Superstar.

Runway Redemption Contestant
As part of the winner’s prize package, this season’s champion will receive $150,000 from GoBank, the award-winning new bank account made to be used on a mobile phone; $50,000 of next generation technology from HP and Intel to help enable their creativity and launch their new business; a year’s supply of Resource Natural Spring Water and an all-expense paid, luxurious spa retreat for two to the exotic Maldives, courtesy of Resource Water; a chance to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk; a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother Sewing and Embroidery; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine; a 2014 Lexus IS 350; a $100,000 fabric allowance from Tide Pods to inspire fashions that truly pop; and a $50,000 styling contract with L’Oréal Paris. It is a prize package worth more than half a million dollars. The model paired with the winner of Project Runway will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine and $25,000 from L’Oréal Paris.

Alexander Pope, 38 – Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Resides in New York, NY

Current occupation?
Costume construction for Broadway.

Strengths as a designer?
My fine hand.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I think I can. I bring not only fashion but a pretty extensive costume background to the table, and I think that knowledge really helps me design some creatively interesting clothing…

Alexandria von Bromssen, 38 – Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden; Resides in San Mateo, CA

Current occupation?
Self-employed designer/boutique owner.

Strengths as a designer?
Pattern making, design and vision.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I think I can win. I am smart, talented, skilled. I have a strong viewpoint in regard to fashion. And I promised one cool little kid in the world that I would win.

Angela Bacskocky, 33 – Hometown: Richmond, VA; Resides in Richmond, VA

Current occupation?
I’ve been designing full-time for my own label, Angela Bacskocky, since 2011. I showed my debut collection in 2012 and just showed my second collection in March 2013.

Strengths as a designer?
As a designer, I’m creative and clever. I’m skilled in all aspects of design and couture construction, obsessive over detail and presentation, and quick and efficient due to years of honing my skills under tight deadlines.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Of course! I put on an amazing fashion show, and my designs are classic but totally now. Recipe for success.

Bradon McDonald, 38 – Hometown: Lowville, NY; Resides in Los Angeles, CA

Current occupation?
Assistant designer.

Strengths as a designer?
Fabric manipulation, embellishment, uncommon hand-sewing techniques.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
There is a very slight chance that I could win, as long as the other 15 designers are blind and/or quit the show before the finale.

Dom Streater, 24 – Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; Resides in Philadelphia, PA

Current occupation?
Animal caretaker.

Strengths as a designer?
I am chock-full of innovation and creativity.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Hell yes! Haven’t you heard? Philly girls always hustle harder!

Helen Castillo, 25 – Hometown: Weehawken, NJ; Resides in Union City, NJ

Past jobs?
Gallery NYC, Reebok NYC, hair salon assistant, outerwear designer, sportswear designer.

Strengths as a designer?
Couture sewing techniques.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, because I am confident and take my designs seriously. I live to design.

Jeremy Brandrick, 41 – Hometown: Birmingham, England; Resides in New York, NY

Current occupation?
I have worked at super and less super companies, but it has all been fun! Oh but I also worked in clothes shops and shoe shops as well as waitering and bartending whilst putting myself through college.

Strengths as a designer?
I have good technical skills and the ability to solve problems. I am also a really good, versatile designer!

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes! It could seem that my whole life is leading to this point. I have always been very driven in what I do. *I* got myself into the best college in the world. *I* got myself a job in Milan, *I* moved to America, as it is the land of dreams, and *I* got myself on the show. I work very hard at my goals and ambitions, and I have a huge amount of experience and creativity and knowledge, as well as enough people around me to ensure a subsequent business would be a success. I look forward to building a full lifestyle brand over women’s, men’s, home, etc., and in all product categories, employing people in this country and giving back some of the success it has given me!

Justin LeBlanc, 27 – Hometown: Tampa, FL; Resides in Raleigh, NC

Current occupation?
I’m an assistant professor in the College of Design at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. (Go Wolfpack!) I also co-faculty-advised the “Art2Wear” runway show at NC State University.

Strengths as a designer?
I enjoy exploring the use of exotic materials in my designs. I have considerable skills in fabric manipulation. I have the ability to direct my team (models, photographers, etc.) to attain the final product that I am after.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I KNOW that I can win “Project Runway.” I have the skill, the passion, the drive and the knowledge needed to win. I think that I also have the personality to enamor the audience and judges. I do believe that I have the ability to inspire others; that’s a big thing in my book as a designer.

Kahindo Mateene, 34 – Hometown: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Resides in Chicago, IL

Current occupation?
Fashion designer and owner of Modahnik.

Strengths as a designer?
Use of color and prints as well as designing to accentuate a woman’s body. Attention to detail.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I plan on winning “Project Runway.” I am up to the challenge as well as being very ambitious and tenacious. I work well under pressure, and it’s time they selected a Black (African) female winner (Moi).

Karen Batts, 29 – Hometown: Boca Raton, FL; Resides in Queens, NY

Current occupation?
Part-time babysitter/self-employed fashion designer.

Strengths as a designer?
My fabric choices, use of color and print designs and tailoring.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I could take this epic challenge on! It would be amazo to win, and I think I have what it takes to create something innovative and with that certain winning element!

Ken Laurence, 24 – Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL

Current occupation?
Freelance fashion designer.

Strengths as a designer?
Structural shapes and voluminous silhouettes.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I think I could win “Project Runway.” I am very business-minded, innovative, and inspiring to others. I am a force to be reckoned with.

Miranda Kay Levy, 29 – Hometown: Wilton, WI; Resides in Milwaukee, WI

Current occupation?
I am the gallery curator of Milwaukee’s Tenth Street Gallery, teach at the Art Institute Of Wisconsin and just finished a contract position as a color specialist for Kohl’s Corporate.

Strengths as a designer?
I enjoy making fun colorful garments that borrow from classic silhouettes and shape but still flatter a modern woman. I can think outside of the box and still stay true to my aesthetic.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Yes, I made it through boot camp. This is like boot camp without someone screaming in your face at 4 am…or maybe it will be like that. I guess we’ll find out. After 8 years of the Army, this should be a cakewalk.

Sandro Masmanidi, 28 – Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia; Resides in New York, NY

Current occupation?
Designer.

Strengths as a designer?
Handwork (beading, embroidery, applique, crochet), construction (boning, corsetry).

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
I believe I can win “Project Runway” because I am decisive and can quickly imagine the answer to a challenge, focused to complete project, and practical, with the ability to identify and overcome problems with the design.

Sue Waller, 45 – Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY

Current occupation?
Designer!

Strengths as a designer?
Originality, quality of work.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
YES! Why not?!

Timothy Westbrook, 24- Hometown: Wanakena, NY; Resides in Milwaukee, WI

Current occupation?
I am currently the proprietor of Timothy Westbrook Studio. I am my own boss and look at the space as an artist studio. I have 10 college apprentices who I am training in my studio. My team also includes a Director of Media Relations. We a presenting a fashion show September 21 at the Milwaukee Public Museum, which is essentially Milwaukee’s Museum of Natural History.

Strengths as a designer?
I’m ready for anything and I know my voice. I never hear “no,” I only hear of one more way I can’t do it, which in the long run means there must be another new solution. I have a naive optimism and a never-ending supply of adrenaline and excitement, passion and devotion to myself, my goals and those around me. I am not competitive. I understand that in order to make yourself look good you should not focus on making others look bad.

Do you think you can win “Project Runway”?
Absolutely! I think that I can win “Project Runway” as long as I have the opportunity to create a collection in my own comfort zone with my resources. The series is meant to challenge you and ask you to step outside of a typical working situation. Luckily I’m used to working multiple 15-hour days in a row, with limited construction resources, cameras in my face, and people relentlessly asking me questions about what I’m doing. I think that the next big American designer has to rethink fashion. I don’t think that the next top designer can depend on aesthetics alone. Urban mining is an important facet of material sourcing for any designer of the future.

 

 

[Photo Credit: Barbara Nitke/Lifetime]

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