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 . 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.