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New season of Project Runway will feature noted Marylanders Christian Siriano, Bishme Cromartie

Get ready for a very Maryland-centric Project Runway when the reality show’s 17 season premieres March 14 on Bravo.

Annapolis-native and fashion designer Christian Siriano returns to the show this year in the role of mentor—previously held by Tim Gunn.

“I have dressed nine women for the Emmy’s [2016]. Hopefully, I can help them,” Siriano said Saturday about this year’s crop of designers. This season will feature a slew of new changes for the fashion-based reality show. In addition to the departure of mainstays Gunn and Heidi Klum, this season will feature an increased grand prize of $250,000, as well as guest stars that include Cardi B and Kendall Jenner. New judges include designer Brandon Maxwell and Elaine Welteroth, former Editor-in-Chief of Teen Vogue.

If the lure or Siriano isn’t enough to excite Marylanders, one of the contestants is from Baltimore.

Bishme Cromartie, a self-taught designer from Baltimore, will put his skills up against the other 15 competitors. In a 2012 interview with the Sun, he discussed how getting rejected from the famed Fashion Institute of Technology in New York fueled his rise.

Cromartie, who is known for his avant-garde, structural women’s wear, brings a wealth of experience to the season—dressing celebrities such as Dascha Polanco, Jill Scott, K Michelle, and Eva Marcille. Cromartie has also shown his collection at LA Fashion Week.

Cromartie recently confirmed his participation on this season through social media.

“Never give up and please always follow your dreams,” Cromartie wrote on an Instagram post.

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