Meet the Designers of Bravo’s ‘Project Runway’ Season 19 (PHOTOS)

New York fashion is back with the latest season of Bravo’s Project Runway, which premieres on Thursday, October 14. With returning mentor Christian Siriano and judges Nina Garcia, Brandon Maxwell, and Elaine Welteroth, 16 new designers from around the world will compete to win $25,000 and the chance to premiere an original collection at New York Fashion Week.

With runway shows taking place at iconic NYC locations, such as Lincoln Center and the hidden gardens at Rockefeller Center, the contestants will work together and individually to fit each week’s design theme. Some of the upcoming season’s unique challenges include, “a ‘hauntingly’ chic look, an avant-garde look from faux fur, an unconventional cocktail dress with a twist, and in a Project Runway first, the ultimate Real Housewives reunion outfit for women from The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of New York City, and The Real Housewives of Potomac.”

The series premiere will feature contestants working together to create monochromatic looks for a Lincoln Center runway show. “The time is now for bold, bright, don’t-hold-back, in-your-face color, and the designers are divided into two teams to create cohesive collections of monochromatic high fashion looks celebrating color,” states the episode’s description.

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Several new and familiar guest hosts will appear throughout the season, including Taraji P. Henson, Gigi Hadid, Jason Wu, Christopher John Rogers, Wisdom Kaye, Billy Porter, Andy Cohen, and former Project Runway host Karlie Kloss.

Leading up to the Season 19 premiere, Bravo will release new episodes of the Project Runway Redemption digital series starting September 9, featuring former contestants from Seasons 17 and 18 looking for a second chance at fashion victory.

Meet the new contestants in the gallery below!

Project Runway, Season 19 Premiere, Thursday, October 14, 9/8c, Bravo

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Aaron Michael Steach
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Aaron Michael Steach

Jackson, MS

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Anna Yinan Zhou
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Anna Yinan Zhou

San Francisco, CA

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Brian “Bones” Jones
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Brian “Bones” Jones

Brooklyn, NY

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Caycee Black
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Caycee Black

Brooklyn, NY

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Chasity Sereal
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Chasity Sereal

Houston, TX

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Coral Castillo
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Coral Castillo

Los Angeles, CA

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Darren Apolonio
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Darren Apolonio

New York, NY

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Katie Kortman
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Katie Kortman


'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Kenneth Barlis
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Kenneth Barlis

San Diego, CA

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Kristina Kharlashkina
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Kristina Kharlashkina

New York, NY

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Meagan Ferguson
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Meg Ferguson

Tulsa, OK

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Octavio Aguilar
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Octavio Aguilar

Miami, FL

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Prajjé Oscar Jean-Baptiste
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Prajjé Oscar Jean-Baptiste

Philadelphia, PA

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Sabrina Spanta
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Sabrina Spanta

Bloomfield Hills, MI

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Shantall Lacayo
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Shantall Lacayo

Miami, FL

'Project Runway' Season 19, Bravo, Zayden Skipper
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Zayden Skipper

Atlanta, GA