For the first time in Project Runway history, Season 16 breaks out of the conventional modeling mold and celebrates body diversity by incorporating size inclusive models on the catwalk.
As a true reflection of all women across America, models range from 0 to 22, and this season's designers must show off their skills and ability to make stunning creations, for any size.
Hosts and dynamic duo Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn return to the runway alongside fashion authorities Nina Garcia, Marie Claire's Creative Director; and Zac Posen, designer and creative director for Brooks Brother Women.
Guest judges making their way to the runway this season include Demi Lovato, Katie Holmes, Olivia Munn, Yolanda Hadid, Kate Upton, Maggie Q, Kelsea Ballerini, Dove Cameron, China Anne McClain, Asia Kate Dillon, Carly Chaikin, Maddie Ziegler, Sophia Stallone, Georgina Chapman, Rachel Brosnahan and Anne Fulenwider.
Season 16 Designers
Aaron Myers (23) Brooklyn, New York
Amy Bond (46) Los Angeles, California
Ayana Ife (27) Salt Lake City, Utah
Batani-Khalfani (32) Inglewood, California
Brandon Kee (24) San Francisco, California
Claire Buitendorp (27) Grand Ledge, Michigan
Deyonté Weather (36) Lynwood, Washington
Kentaro Kameyama (38) Los Angeles, California
Kenya Freeman (37) Atlanta, Georgia
Kudzanai Karidza (32) Atlanta, Georgia
Margarita Alvarez (30) San Juan, Puerto Rico
Michael Brambila (25) Oakland, California
Samantha Rei (36) Minneapolis, Massachusetts
Sentell McDonald (33) New York, New York
Shawn Buitendorp (27) Grand Ledge, Michigan
ChaCha (24) Taipei, Taiwan
The winner of Project Runway 16 will receive $100,000 to launch their line, and the opportunity to collaborate with JCPenney on a limited edition capsule collection as part of the Project Runway line sold at select JCPenney stores and online.
In addition, the winner will receive a selection of Brother sewing and embroidery machines, with a retail value of $40,000; a lifetime supply of pens from the Pilot FriXion Erasable Pen and an all-expense paid luxury trip to Japan, including a 5-star stay near Japan's fashion centre.
The prize package also includes the new 2018 Lexus NX. Additionally, the winning designer and model will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine.