The 12th season of Project Runway will get underway July 18 on Lifetime with a mystery contestant from a past season and an interactive component for fans, EW has learned exclusively.
The new installment of the competition that will feature the return of judges Heidi Klum, Nina Garcia, Zac Posen and mentor Tim Gunn will give fans the power to bring back an old designer who is desperate to redeem him (or her) self. There will also be an opportunity for viewers to weigh in on the challenges as part of a new interactive on-screen feature.
Also new this year: Super fans will be rewarded a chance for some fashion makeovers, and there will be more scenes — and power! — for the crowd-pleasing Gunn. This time around, the mentor will be given the power to rescue a designer who he feels deserves a second chance.
Several high-profile guest judges will join Project Runway this cycle, including Kate Bosworth, Kelly Osbourne, Sigourney Weaver, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Kaley Cuoco, as well as Stacy Keibler and original Project Runway judge Michael Kors.
Here are the designers for season 12:Alexander Pope, 38 – Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Resides in New York, NY
Alexandria von Bromssen, 38 – Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden; Resides in San Mateo, CA
Angela Bacskocky, 33 - Hometown: Richmond, VA; Resides in Richmond, VA
Bradon McDonald, 38 – Hometown: Lowville, NY; Resides in Los Angeles, CA
Dom Streater, 24 – Hometown: Philadelphia, PA; Resides in Philadelphia, PA
Helen Castillo, 25 – Hometown: Weehawken, NJ; Resides in Union City, NJ
Jeremy Brandrick, 41 – Hometown: Birmingham, England; Resides in New York, NY
Justin LeBlanc, 27 – Hometown: Tampa, FL; Resides in Raleigh, NC
Kahindo Mateene, 34 - Hometown: Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo; Resides in Chicago, IL
Karen Batts, 29 - Hometown: Boca Raton, FL; Resides in Queens, NY
Ken Laurence, 24 – Hometown: Birmingham, AL; Resides in Birmingham, AL
Miranda Kay Levy, 29 – Hometown: Wilton, WI; Resides in Milwaukee, WI
Sandro Masmanidi, 28 - Hometown: Krasnodar, Russia; Resides in New York, NY
Sue Waller, 45 – Hometown: Boston, MA; Resides in Brooklyn, NY
Timothy Westbrook, 24- Hometown: Wanakena, NY; Resides in Milwaukee, WI
Runway Redemption Contestant