This story was first published on Sunday September 9.
With just three weeks until the season premiere, seven of Project Runway New Zealand’s designers can now be revealed.
From a rugby player; to a stay-at-home mum; to a previous farm-hand, these designers come from all walks of life with one goal: to win TVNZ 2's Project Runway New Zealand.
The first announced group of designers are:
Beth Hornsby-Hunt, 31, Fashion Student from Auckland
Caitlin Crisp, 22, Retail Assistant from Christchurch
Kerry Ranginui, 33, Pattern Maker from Whanganui
Lenon Wakuwa, 27, Caregiver from Invercargill
Massey Williams, 38, Alternative Education Tutor and Mentor from Christchurch
Nicole Schmidt, 28, Stay at home Mother from Hawke’s Bay
Peni Moala, 29, Retail Assistant from Arrowtown
All seven bring a unique design aesthetic into the competition. Whether it’s taxidermied ducklings or floaty and feminine dresses and blouses, Kiwis won’t be disappointed with the quality delivered each week.
Seven more designers will be announced Sunday 16th September. Every Monday night Project Runway NZ will give the 14 a task of meeting a brief and creating something wow to bring to the judges. If their garment fails to meet the brief, they risk being eliminated from the competition.
The last remaining designers will be tasked with designing and creating an entire collection, which ultimately decides who is crowned the winner.
Kiwi model Georgia Fowler will host the series. She shot to international stardom in 2012 where she appeared on the Chanel catwalk. She has since modelled for the likes of Victorias Secret, Miumiu,DKNY and Kanye West’s Yeezy.
It will be judged by Sally-Ann Mullin editor of Fashion Quarterly and Benny Castles designer and director from WORLD.
AUT senior fashion lecturer Andreas Mikellis will mentor the contestants.
The series premiere is on Monday 1st October, 7:30PM on TVNZ 2.
Who will win and who will walk?