Friday, July 16, 2010

17 New Designers for Project Runway Season 8

More Designers Than Ever in Series History to Compete in Expanded 90-Minute Version of Television's Top Fashion Design Series Beginning Thursday, July 29, at 9pm with Actress Selma Blair serving as Guest Celebrity Judge for the Premiere!

Let the sewing, stitching and snickering begin! The Emmy® Award nominated series, Project Runway, kicks off its eighth season with 17 talented designers – the most in series history – beginning Thursday, July 29, at 9pm ET/PT on Lifetime Television. In the show's expanded 90-minute format, the new crop of designers will encounter host Heidi Klum, mentor Tim Gunn and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and top-name guest designer and celebrity judges, including actress Selma Blair for the premiere episode, as they face inventive challenges, unexpected eliminations and other surprises along the way. Filmed on location in New York, each episode of the eighth season will feature more couture creations and fashion flubs as the designers attempt to make the cut to show at New York Fashion Week at Lincoln Center.

As part of the winner's prize package, this season's victorious designer will receive $100,000 from L'Oreal Paris to start his/her own line, a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine, a $50,000 technology suite by HP and Intel to create his/her own vision and run his/her business and the opportunity to design and sell an exclusive collection on The model paired with the winner of Project Runway will also appear in the designer's editorial feature in Marie Claire and receive $25,000 from L'Oreal Studio Secrets Professional.

The Project Runway, Season Eight designers are:

•A.J. Thouvenot, 26 - Hometown: St. Louis, MO; Resides in St. Charles, MO
•Andy South, 23 - Hometown: Waipahu, HI; Resides in Honolulu, HI
•April Johnston, 21 - Hometown: Mooresville, NC; Resides in Savannah, GA
•Casanova, 33 - Hometown: Fajardo, Puerto Rico; Resides in Astoria, NY
•Christopher Collins, 30 - Hometown: Encinitas, CA; Resides in San Francisco, CA
•Gretchen Jones, 28 - Hometown: Fairplay, CO; Resides in Portland, OR
•Ivy Higa, 30 - Hometown: Seoul, South Korea/Kaihula-Kona, HI; Resides in New York, NY
•Jason Troisi, 33 - Hometown: Greenwich, CT; Resides in Greenwich, CT
•Kristin Haskins-Simms, 38 - Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; Resides in Philadelphia, PA
•McKell Maddox, 29 - Hometown: Brigham City, UT; Resides in Layton, UT
•Michael Costello, 27 - Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Resides in Palm Desert, CA
•Michael Drummond, 31 - Hometown: St. Louis, MO; Resides in St. Louis, MO
•Mondo Guerra, 32 - Hometown: Denver, CO; Resides in Denver, CO
•Nicolas D'Aurizio, 31 - Hometown: Hackensack, NJ; Resides in New York, NY
•Peach Carr, 50 - Hometown: Winfield, IL; Resides in Lake Forest, IL
•Sarah Trost, 27 - Hometown: Frazier Park, CA; Resides in Toluca Lake, CA
•Valerie Mayen, 28 - Hometown: Corpus Christi, TX; Resides in Cleveland, OH

Last Thursday, Project Runway received two Primetime Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Reality-Competition Program and Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program for Heidi Klum.

Lifetime's digital offerings will represent a robust collection of video content, including extended runway judging, designer and judge video blogs and more. They will also feature full streaming episodes of the show, available only on Also returning for Season 8 are Rate the Runway photo galleries of the show's fashions, as well as blogs by mentor Tim Gunn and fan-favorite designers from past seasons.

Other return offerings include the 2010 Webby Award-nominated Tim Gunn's Workroom videos and Designer Portfolios. Tim Gunn's Workroom will continue to showcase his critiques of the contestants' garments-in-progress, and the interactive Designer Portfolios will display the designers' previous work along with sketches made before the show and throughout the season.'s popular weekly Project Runway dress-up games (which accounted for more than 4.8MM game plays in Season 7) will also return, featuring illustrated versions of the winning designs in an interactive wardrobe.

Project Runway enthusiasts can also interact with fellow fans, show insiders and designers by following @projectrunway on Twitter or visiting for the latest Project Runway news and updates.

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