Korina Emmerich (Season 13)
Since wrapping season 13, Emmerich said she’s had “very little sleep and a lot of work.” She debuted her contemporary womenswear collection at the Summer/Summer New York Fashion Week this year and is currently working on a Fall/Winter 2015 Lookbook, which you can view on her website in September. She is also working toward launching her line Emmerich NY in department stores for Spring/Summer 2016.
Sandhya Garg (Season 13)
Garg was recently chosen as the emerging designer for MAGIC Tradeshow, Las Vegas. Because of that, her line, Label Sandhya Garg, is now sold in boutiques throughout the U.S. and Middle East. She’s in the process of developing her next collection for NYFW Spring/Summer 2016 and establishing a retail space in Boston. She will also be showing an avant-garde collection at Atlantic City Fashion Week in October.
Char Glover (Season 13)
As the “Tim Gunn Save” of season 13, Glover says, “the days of going outside without makeup or not looking decent are long gone.” She’s still based in Detroit, but is looking toward an L.A. move with her new fashion line, Rocknremix. The women’s fashion line is a mixture of vintage finds reconstructed with her own designs: She calls it “Flygirl’s fashion gumbo.” She’s also working on a web-series called “Vibing With Char,” which will be on YouTube.
Kini Zamora (Season 13)
Zamora finished season 13 as the second runner-up, and he’s continued working back in his home state of Hawaii. He’s contributed to many fashion shows for local, national, and international audiences and organizations, but mostly he’s working on his designs: He says he’s trying his best to balance his “local, island style clothing with modern, fashion-forward designs.”
Helen Castillo (Season 12)
Castillo appeared on season 12 and returned for All Stars. She became a L’Oreal brand ambassador for Feria Violet hair color after her time on Project Runway, and is partnering with Macy’s for a fall collection. Castillo is also a designer for judge Zac Posen; she will be helping with his Fall 2015 and Resort 2016 collections.
Justin LeBlanc (Season 12)
Just like Castillo, LeBlanc completed in season 12 and went on to Project Runway All Stars season 4, where he placed seventh. In personal news, he recently became engaged to his “partner-in-crime,” Kyle Dougan. Professionaly, he debuted a fashion film from his most recent collection, which you can view on his website. The line included dresses with more than 17,000 zip-ties—which most Runway fans would not find surprising.
Alexandria von Bromssen (Season 12)
The season 12 runner-up went on to compete in All Stars season 4. She is currently working with Camp Couture, a Bay Area camp for kids 7-17 who want to learn about designing. She’s also working on a men’s collection and a women’s lingerie line for Winter 2015. Her San Mateo, California, store, Red Square Boutique, will re-launch on Sept. 10, during Fashion’s Night Out.
Kate Pankoke (Seasons 11 and 12)
The Runway lifer has appeared on Project Runway seasons 11 and 12 as well as All Stars season 4. She said the show has given her fashion career a “wonderful boost.” She opened a showroom and atelier on Michigan Avenue in Chicago for her line, Elaya Vaughn Bridal by Kate Pankoke. She has also dressed Lauren Strogoff, Tara Lipinski, and Shiri Appleby. She is currently preparing for her 2016 collection for Bridal Fashion Week in October.
Amanda Valentine (Season 11)
Valentine originally appeared on season 11, but was brought back by fans for season 13’s Runway Redemption. After coming in second place, she appeared as herself on ABC’s Nashville. She’s worked on custom pieces for the musical duo Twenty One Pilots and Carly Chaikin, who stars in USA’s Mr. Robot. Along with Mondo Guerra and Carolina O’Neill, Valentine helped with season 14 Project Runway casting. But she said the best part of having been on the show is when she’s out with her brother, James Valentine of Maroon 5, people want to take a picture with both of them.
Gunnar Deatherage (Season 10)
Deatherage originally appeared on season 10 and returned for All Stars season 4. Since Runway he’s worked closely with the music industry—most notably as the Tumblr IRL artist chosen to collaborate with Houndmouth at SXSW in Austin this past spring. He’s also the fashion editor for a Louisville art magazine called Nfocus, which he does in between traveling the US with his seasonal collections and styling celebrities.
Anya Ayoung-Chee (Season 9)
Project Runway season 9 winner, Ayoung-Chee is living in her home island of Trinidad, where she has her boutique, Exhibit A; a shared work space for creative artists, HOME; and a brand for carnival-related goods, cANYAval. Through her business and brands, she is trying to support the development of fashion and creative industries in the Caribbean.
Michael Costello (Season 8)
Third place winner of the original All Stars season, Costello was on season 8 his first go-around. Since then, Vogue Italia has featured his designs—and Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Angela Basset, and even Beyoncé have worn his creations. Costello is currently preparing his latest collection for New York Fashion Week.
Mila Hermanovski (Season 7)
The season 7 contestant lives in L.A., where she works on her clothing line—sold in boutiques throughout the US and Germany. Her looks have been seen in projects such as X-Men, Star Trek, and TRON: Legacy. Hermanovski appeared as herself on Lifetime’s Little Women LA to help Elena start a line of clothing for little women. Most recently she was invited by the US State Department to represent the US in Russia. “I was pleasantly surprised to know Project Runway had aired there, and I had fans in Russia,” Hermanovski said. In her personal life, she is engaged to her longtime partner, Matthew.
Emilio Sosa (Season 7)
Sosa has focused mostly on Broadway since his time as a runner-up in both season 7 and All Stars season 2: He received a Tony Award nomination in 2012 for Best Costume Design of a Musical for his work in Porgy and Bess. In 2013, he was selected by Motown founder, Berry Gordy, to design costumes for Motown: The Musical, which is still on Broadway and slated to open on London’s West End in early 2016. In 2015, he designed for Radio City’s New York Spring Spectacular, and he’s currently working on On Your Feet: The Emilio and Gloria Estefan Story, which will debut on Broadway this fall. As for fashion, his brand, the ESOSA, has been seen on stars like Uzo Aduba, Taraji P. Henson, and Wendy Williams.
Seth Aaron Henderson (Season 7)
Gordana Gehlhausen (Season 6)
Since season 6, Gehlhausen has been living and designing in LA. Although she focuses on red carpet couture gowns and private clients, she just designed and patented a backless bra, which she is attempting to sell to a large lingerie company. She says she thinks this is her biggest payoff since leaving Project Runway because “it has been a big challenge for many ladies, but [there was] no solution till now.”
Althea Harper (Season 6)
Harper lives in Dayton, Ohio, with her husband, Stewart (the boyfriend she had during filming), and their daughter, Lilias. She juggles her time working on her resort line, Althea Harper, as well as her children’s line, Lilias and Love. She also freelances for fashion companies and takes care of three rescue dogs.
Irina Shabayeva (Season 6)
Since winning Project Runway season 6 (the first season on Lifetime), Shabayeva has built a custom bridal and eveningwear business. She sells her designs to high-end boutiques around the world. She’s currently in the middle of launching a ready-to-wear NYC street-inspired collection called “feather head” at NYFW this September. She will also have a couture collection for Irina Shabayeva showing in September.
Kenley Collins (Season 5)
Being six-months pregnant and already mom to a little girl, the season 5 contestant designs everything with a motherly inspiration now. She is going to be putting out a “mommy and me” collection, available on her website along with her other collections at the end of this year. And she is recording a pop/soul for young girls with Rockabilly label, Lanark records. The release date is early 2016.
Leanne Marshall (Season 5)
Immediately after winning Project Runway season 5, Marshall moved to New York City, where she continues to develop her line today. She has been showing at NYFW since 2008—and will continue to this September—but she also designs for TV, editorial, and celebrities such as Julianne Hough, Jane Fonda, Carrie Underwood, Andi MacDowell, Mina Suvari, and more. In 2011 Marshall launched her signature bridal line, which is carried in more than 40 boutiques internationally as well as online. And in 2014, she released an exclusive selection of bridal dresses for BHLDN.
Jillian Lewis (Season 4)
The season 4 contestant spent several years as a design director of the women’s Black Label collection at Ralph Lauren, before leaving to travel the world with her husband, Lewaa. Through her travels, Lewis had been working as an independent design consultant for several companies, including Anthropologie. But most recently, she opened a design studio/sample room in NYC to begin re-launching her collection: The high-end contemporary womenswear line will focus on knitwear and outerwear, and it will show in February 2016.
Christian Siriano (Season 4)
Arguably the most recognizable designer to emerge from Project Runway, the season 4 winner has been busy since his 2008 win. Since launching his eponymous Christian Siriano collection, he has shown each season at NYFW—his collection can be found at Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman, among other department stores and specialty boutiques. In 2012, his first flagship store opened in NYC, and in 2013 he was inducted as a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. His works have appeared on everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow and Sarah Jessica Parker to Tina Fey and Alexa Chung. Additionally, Siriano designs affordable shoes and handbags for Payless and has partnered with a makeup line for Victoria’s Secret and clothing and accessories with Lane Bryant, Disney, Puma, Speigel, and more. In 2014 he launched his first fragrance, “Silhouette,” and later this year he will debut eyewear, handbags, bedding, and beauty collections.
Chris March (Season 4)
The unforgettable contestant went on to reappear on Project Runway All Stars season 4, and has dressed clients such as Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Chaka Khan, and — most notably — was responsible for Meryl Streep’s white 2010 Oscar dress. He also developed an exclusive line of foam wigs and accessories for Target, and at one time was working on a burlesque show with wild wigs and costumes, a production of My Fair Lady, and his own line of original costume designs. Unfortunately, in July 2017, he suffered a debilitating accident after he fell in his apartment and hit his head. March shared an update on the one-year anniversary of his accident and revealed he was put in a medically induced coma for two months. “Somehow I miraculously woke up — I couldn’t talk and didn’t know where I was for a couple of months,” he wrote. “I ended up being paralyzed in both legs from the knees down. My right hand and arm are paralyzed.” Keeping a positive attitude, March added: “I have good days and bad days and the worst days you can imagine, but I still have my brain, and for that miracle I am forever grateful. Thank you for your thoughts, prayers, and encouragement.”
Chloe Dao (Season 2)
The season 2 winner is now celebrating 15 years of business with her boutique and clothing line in Houston, Texas. In August of this year, she exhibited her designs at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. And spreading the Runway love around the world, she served as a co-executive producer for Project Runway Vietnam during its first season.