“Project Runway” is making a comeback and has tapped some familiar faces for the upcoming reboot of the fashion-forward reality competition.
Former Victoria’s Secret model Karlie Kloss is joining the show as host, with fashion designer Christian Siriano (winner of the show’s fourth season) taking on the role of mentor; Kloss will also serve as exec producer.
“As someone who grew up watching ‘Project Runway’, I could not be more excited to host and produce a series that provides a platform to aspiring American designers as they pursue their creative and entrepreneurial dreams,” said Kloss in the announcement from Bravo. “I am equally as thrilled to work alongside an incredibly talented group of fashion innovators — Brandon Maxwell, Elaine Welteroth, Nina Garcia and Christian Siriano — to inspire, support and help guide these designers as they realize their visions and build everlasting brands and businesses.”
Added Siriano: “‘Project Runway’ has offered such wonderful opportunities for so many and I’m excited to take on this role as a mentor. I hope to guide and inspire the new talent on the rise.”
Elle editor-in-chief Nina Garcia will return as a judge, and she’ll be joined by former Teen Vogue editor-in-chief Elaine Welteroth and designer Brandon Maxwell at the judging table.
Originally featuring host Heidi Klum and mentor Tim Gunn, “Project Runway” debuted in 2004 on Bravo, where it aired until swapping networks in 2008 and moving to Lifetime. Gunn and Klum exited the show after its 16th season, announcing they’ll be collaborating on a new fashion-inspired show for Amazon Prime Video.
“These are the perfect faces for the new ‘Project Runway,’ as we re-calibrate for a new generation of fashion enthusiasts,” said Shari Levine, Bravo’s exec VP of current production. “They are entrepreneurs and trailblazers with tremendous reach inside and outside the fashion industry, and give Bravo and our producing partners, Magical Elves and Lantern Entertainment, the right fuel to re-energize the franchise.”
The rebooted 17th season of “Project Runway” is expected to debut in early 2019.