Project Runway S12: Meet the Designers

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Alexander Pope
Age: 38
Hometown: Los Angeles
Resides in: New York, NY
School: FIDM, Los Angeles
Favorite Designers: Viktor & Rolf, Mcqueen, Mugler (original house), Rick Owens, Galliano,
Style Icon: Tilda Swinton
Misc: currently works on costume construction for Broadway
Fun fact: loves amusement parks

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Alexandria von Bromssen
Age: 38
Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden
Resides in: San Mateo, CA
School: Academy of Art University
Favorite Designers: Free people, Alexander McQueen, Comme des Garçon
Style Icon: Karl Lagerfeld, Kate Moss, Daphne Guinness, Nicole Ritchie
Fun fact: made a vest for her Barbie and a skirt with a knit hem as a child

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Angela Bacskocky
Age: 33
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Resides in: Richmond, VA
School: studied fashion in London
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Viktor & Rolfe, Chloe, Celine, Burberry and Rag &Bone
Style Icon: Audrey Hepburn and Johnny Rotten
Misc: loves finding new vegan recipes [yet inexplicably she loves working with leather]
Fun fact; she was a part of a rock band for 7 years!

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Bradon McDonald
Age: 38
Hometown: Lowville, NY
Resides in Los Angeles, CA
School: Fashion Institute of Art & Merchandising in Los Angeles
Favorite Designers: Charles James, Madame Grès, Valentino Mugler
Style Icon: Lulu Guinness
Fun fact: toured as a modern dancer for 14 years

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Dom Streater
Age: 24
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Resides in Philadelphia, PA
School: Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia
Favorite Designers: Helmut Lang, Calvin Klein, Alexander Wang, Lanvin
Style Icon: Kate Lanphear
Fun fact: likes to paint and do yoga

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Helen Castillo
Age: 25
Hometown: Weehawken, NJ
Resides in: Union City, NJ
School: Fashion Institute of Technology
Favorite Designers: Valentino, Ricardo Tisci, Vivienne Westwood
Style Icon: Alice Dellal
Misc: bachelor’s degree in Special Occasion Design

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Jeremy Brandrick
Age: 41
Hometown: Birmingham, England
Resides in: New York, NY
School: Central St. Martins in London
Favorite Designers: Raf Simmons, Dries Van Noten, Riccardo Tisci, Alber Elbaz, Karl Lagerfeld, YSL, Dior
Style Icon: Debbie Harry “back in the day”
Misc: has worked for Dolce and Gabbana, Mulberry and Marks and Spencer
Fun fact: he and his partner of 15 years have a son and a daughter

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Justin LeBlanc
Age: 27
Hometown: Tampa, FL
Resides in: Raleigh, NC
School: none listed
Favorite Designers: Iris Van Herpen, Alexander McQueen and Rick Owens
Style Icon: Daphne Guinness
Misc: he’s deaf
Fun fact: his ideal materials to work with are felts and wools and he prefers greys and solids

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Kahindo Mateene
Age: 34
Hometown: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Resides in Chicago, IL
School: Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago
Favorite Designers: Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, Peter Pilotto and Mary Katrantzou
Style Icon: Michelle Obama and Sarah Jessica Parker
Misc: holds a BA in International Business & Economics

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Karen Batts
Age: 29
Hometown: Boca Raton, FL
Resides in Queens, NY
School: Savannah College of Art and Design
Favorite Designers : Kate Spade, Tory Burch, J.Crew, John Patrick Organic, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten and Miu Miu
Style Icon: Katharine Hepburn
Fun fact: designed her own wedding dress

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Ken Laurence
Age: 24
Hometown: Birmingham, AL
Resides in Birmingham, AL
School: self-taught
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen and Marchesa
Style Icon: Daphne Guinness
Misc: favorite materials to work with are neoprene, spandex and wools

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Miranda Kay Levy
Age: 29
Hometown: Wilton, WI
Resides in: Milwaukee, WI
School: UWM
Favorite Designers: William Morris (a wallpaper designer); Franck Sorbier and Christian Dior
Style Icon: Bettie Page, Madonna, Marilyn Monroe, Twiggy, Mick Jagger, Jackie O, Richard Hell, Patti Smith
Misc: gallery curator of Milwaukee’s Tenth Street Gallery
Fun fact: finished contract position as color specialist for Kohl’s Corporate

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Sandro Masmanidi
Age: 28
Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia
Resides in: New York, NY
School: University of Culture and Art in Moscow
Favorite Designers: Gianni Versace, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Alexander McQueen, Giorgio Armani and Francesco Smalto
Style Icon: Marlene Dietrich
Misc: likes to swim, read and collect architectural drawings
Fun fact: knew he had the designer potential from the age of 8 after designing dresses for a Barbie doll

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Sue Waller
Age: 45
Hometown: Boston, MA
Resides in: Brooklyn, NY
School: self-taught
Favorite Designers: none [no favorites?]
Style Icon: none

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Timothy Westbrook
Age: 24
Hometown: Wanakena, NY
Resides in: Milwaukee, WI
School: Syracuse University
Favorite Designers: Alexander McQueen
Style Icon: Grace Jones
Misc: his grandmother taught him to sew
Fun fact: inspired by Victorian Era, design aesthetic is influenced by classical styles and political activism and sustainability.

Several designers list Daphne Guinness as a style icon. I had to Google her and I’m sharing with you a few pictures:

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no teams this time but more Tim Gunn! He’ll sit with the judges and provide them with information about how a designer works in the workroom. He will also be able to save designers from elimination if he thinks s/he deserves another chance.

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Project Runway Premieres Thursday, July 18, at 9pm ET/PT on LIFETIME.

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