16 Thread-Perfect Designs From the New 'Project Runway' Contestants (PHOTOS)
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This self-taught Samoan designer's work has graced the halls of Buckingham Palace, and now he's bringing looks like this red dazzler to Project Runway
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Bravo says this Syrian-born designer "loves to play with different volumes and materials to create unique designs," as seen in this velvet, lace, feather, and bead masterpiece.
The Nashville-based designer is the mastermind behind this shimmery gold dress — and we give extra points for pockets.
Clark, an Ohio native, describes her aesthetic as "minimal, elevated casual-wear and unrefined luxury." Check out this sleek black number she created for her line Grind and Glaze.
After dressing celebs Andra Day, Mel B, and Niecy Nash, this Maryland-based designer is ready to take Project Runway
by storm with daring looks like this ode to plaid.
Michelle Williams and Cardi B owe some of their past looks to this Brooklyn native. Here, for example, the "Money" rapper wears his Levenity line's Chocolate Python Coat.
Jhoan "Sebastian" Grey
Grey's "sophisticated concepts, unconventional construction methods, and attention to high-end detail" have graced the shelves of his Sebastian stores in the United States and his native Colombia.
Despite her mother being a seamstress, this Philly designer didn't turn to fashion until after she had raised nine kids and ended a 20-year marriage. Good thing she made that career shift — just look at that coat!
After studying at the Chicago Art Institute as an elementary school student, Kasparian rose in the ranks at various clothing brands, eventually becoming Director of Global Branding at O'Neil. Now she's going solo and is designing head-turners like this "raspberry lace" dress.
This Brooklyn artist, who grew up in a Himalayan Indian town, studied at the National Institute of Fashion Technology in Hyderabad and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.
This belle of the ball is showing off a bold creation Lewis, a Kentucky native, created for her former fashion line, Ann DeEvelyn.
In 2018, this Louisiana designer's eco-luxury line, Ferrah, went zero-waste and cruelty-free — a stark contrast to many other fashion brands.
Osterholm's third collection strutted down the runway of Spring 2019 New York Fashion Week through a collaboration with the CFDA. In his Bravo bio, the Rhode Island native says he draws his inspiration from his experiences as a queer black man
At the urging of her mother, this Jamaican-born designer traveled through Asia and Europe and studied at FIT in New York and FIDM in Los Angeles. Her brand, Ralliford Hall Designers, "features a collection that appeals to women of all ethnicities," Bravo raves.
Gary "Garo Sparo" Spampinato
Bravo says this New York designer's specialties include corsetry and couture, as modeled in this photo by one Nicki Minaj,
A "fashion outsider" once kicked out of Parsons, this New Mexico native describes her aesthetic as "colorful clown couture with a vintage punk rock edge."
Project Runway is headed back to Bravo with Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano taking over hosting duties and Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia, designer Brandon Maxwell, and former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth along for the ride as judges.
You've already met the Season 17 contestants — now check out their work. We've done a deep Instagram dive to find examples of their work, and we fully expect you to pick a frontrunner before the competition kicks off on Thursday, March 14!
Plus, check out the new trailer.
Project Runway, Season Premiere, Thursday, March 14, 8/7c, Bravo