Hailing from season 11, Samantha has kept busy since her time on Project Runway. Living in Brooklyn, NY, the designer has been working on her line, Sammy B Designs, and taking classes at Macy's business program. Recently named "designer to watch" by Essence and Ebony magazines, this returning hopeful is surely one to watch.
Perhaps best remembered for 'keeping it real' during her stint on season 12, this Union City, NJ-based designer has been focused on making a name for herself in the fashion industry. To her credit, Helen has dressed Mary Lambert for the 54th Annual Grammy® Awards and showed at El Paseo Fashion Week 2014. She continues to make custom dresses for the everyday woman.
So close to taking top prize in season 10 (he landed the runner-up spot), Fabio was so inspired that he and his BFF/design partner went straight to work, creating their own line, NotEqual. Having put out four collections, this NYC-based designer still finds time to work on various projects, and is determined to walk away with the win.
After wrapping up his season 10 run, Gunnar is now the fashion editor at Nfocus magazine in Louisville, KY, spending his days styling and overseeing photo shoots, and his nights working on his line, Deatherage Designs. Despite being a 'character' on his season, make no mistake that Gunnar is serious about another go at the runway.
This determined designer took third place in season 12, and also the Tim Gunn save. After the show, Justin returned to being a full-time assistant professor at North Carolina State University and completed his spring/summer collection, which debuted at the Contemporary Art Museum at the end of August 2014.
She may have won Project Runway season 11, but Michelle's winning ambition didn't stop there. This bold designer went on to launch her own label, Michelle Lesniak, traveled the world showing her work, and even found time to get engaged! She's also working on opening her own shop and studio in Portland, OR.
So, what's this season 11 alum been up to? Benjamin relocated from London to New York, and launched his brand, Benjamin Mach, which merges luxurious fabrics with modern design.
Taking 4th in season 4, Chris continues to build his business, Chris March Designs, designing for names like Madonna, Prince & Lady Gaga. As if that weren't enough, he has an exclusive line of Halloween headpieces & accessories at Target, has produced, written, directed, designed & starred in his own off-Broadway holiday show, and helped produce his own TV show, Mad Fashion, which premiered in October 2011.
Known for her use of unique textiles, this season 11 runner-up has been busy building a new studio and working on a ready-to-wear collection in Albuquerque, NM. Patricia has also booked fashion shows around the country and is working on a short film with her son.
Kate is hoping the third time is her charm, having appeared on Project Runway seasons 11 & 12. She's since gotten married and now has her own bridal line. Her inspiration? Her obsession with princesses, and to make every woman feel like royalty on their special day.
This season 7 alum hasn't slowed down since his time on the show. Jay relocated from Hawaii to New York, and currently works as a full-time visual merchandiser for Calvin Klein North America while freelancing on the side. His recent passion? Bridal wear.
He may have been crowned the winner of Project Runway season 10, but Dmitry is returning in hopes of another victory. After his win, he created his own brand, Dmitry Sholokhov, and showed his Fall 2013 collection at Moscow's Fashion Week. He also has an exclusive collection for Lord & Taylor.
Runner-up of season 12, Alexandria now finds herself in San Mateo, CA, where she manages her clothing line, owns a designer boutique, and runs Camp Couture, a sewing camp for kids. She's most proud of designing a modern, edgy wedding dress from recycled fabrics and vintage lace.
Sonjia's time on season 10 helped lay the groundwork for a more in-depth understanding about the fashion business—and what it takes to succeed. She currently works for Annabelle New York as creative director and head designer, and started her own line and website, Something by Sonjia.