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'Project Runway': Meet season nine's new designers

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Project Runway Season 9 Judges: Tim Guun, host Heidi Klum and judges Michael Kors and Nina Garica

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Project Runway returns for its ninth season tonight, which means it's time to meet another batch of designers.

The new season opens with 20 men and women - the largest cast in the show's history - hoping to impress Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia and clinch the prize.

The first episode kicks off with a tough task when Tim Gunn gives the designers a very early morning wake-up call and informs them they will be designing an outfit using only the nightwear they are currently wearing for fabric.

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In a shock twist for the contestants, they also learn that only 16 of them will be continuing on to the next stage of the competition, meaning it is the end of the road for four designers.

Christina Ricci will join Heidi, Michael and Nina for the first judging, while other guest judges lined up for this season include Kim Kardashian, Zoe Saldana and Malin Akerman.

The winner of Project Runway will receive prizes including an editorial spread in Marie Claire magazine, $100,00 from L'Oreal Paris to start their own line, and a $50,000 technology suite from HP and Intel to help launch and run their business. They will also have the chance to sell their products on Piperlime.com.

Project Runway returns to Lifetime tonight at 9/8c.

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Meet the season nine designers:

Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Amanda Perna
Amanda Perna
Age: 24
Hometown: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Current Home: New York, New York
Favourite Designers: Alber Elbaz, Valentino
Style Icon: Carrie Bradshaw (Sex and the City)
Favourite Past Project Runway Designer: Christian Siriano (S4), Anthony Williams (S7)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Anthony Ryan Auld
Anthony Ryan Auld
Age: 28
Hometown: Linden, Texas
Current Home: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Favourite Designers: Marc Jacobs, Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld
Style Icon: Twiggy
Favourite Past Designer: Christian Siriano (S4)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Anya Ayoung-Chee
Anya Ayoung-Chee
Age: 29
Hometown: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Current Home: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Favourite Designers: Haider Ackermann, Stella McCartney, Gareth Pugh
Style Icon: Kate Moss, Coco Chanel, Frida, Tom Ford, Rachel Roy
Favourite Past Designer: Mondo Guerra (S8)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Becky Ross
Becky Ross
Age: 38
Birthplace/Hometown: Calumet, Michigan
Current Home: Portland, Oregon
Favourite Designers: Vivienne Westwood, Pringle of Scotland, Comme de Garcons
Style Icon: Pin-up girls
Favourite Past Designer: Seth Aaron (S7), Laura Bennett and Uli Herzner (S3)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Bert Keeter
Bert Keeter
Age: 57
Hometown: Washington, DC
Current Home: Los Angeles, California
Favourite Designers/Companies: Akris, Chado, Erdem
Style Icon: Yves St Laurent
Favourite Past Designer: Sweet Pea (S4)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Bryce Black
Bryce Black
Age: 26
Hometown: Twin Falls, Idaho
Current Home: Portland, Oregon
Favourite Designers: Lee McQueen, Gareth Pugh, Riccardo Tisci, Marc Jacobs
Style Icon: Lady GaGa
Favourite Past Designer: Christian Siriano (S4)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Cecilia Motwani
Cecilia Motwani
Age: 34
Hometown: Cordoba, Argentina
Current Home: Woodside, New York
Favourite Designers: Alexander McQueen
Style Icon: Her personal clients
Favourite Past Designer: Jeffrey Sebelia (S3), Seth Aaron (S7), Mondo Guerra (S8)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Danielle Everine
Danielle Everine
Age: 26
Hometown: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Current Home: Minneapolis, Minnesota
Favourite Designers: Alexander McQueen
Style Icon: Katherine Hepburn


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: David Chum
David Chum
Age: 29
Hometown: Merong, Battaan, Philippines
Current Home: Boston, Massachusetts
Favourite Designers: Alber Elbaz, Alexander McQueen, Madame Gres, Nicholas Ghesquire
Style Icon: Daphne Guinness
Favourite Past Designer: Mondo Guerra, (S8)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Fallene Wells
Fallene Wells
Age: 29
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada/Denver, Colorado
Current Home: Denver, Colorado
Favourite Designers: Anna Sui, Dior
Style Icon: Zooey Deschanel
Favourite Past Designer: Jay McCarroll (S1)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Gunnar Deatherage
Gunnar Deatherage
Age: 21
Hometown: La Grange, Kentucky
Current Home: Louisville, Kentucky
Favourite Designers: Rodarte
Style Icon: Lady GaGa
Favourite Past Designer: Daniel Vosovik (S2)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Joshua Christensen
Joshua Christensen
Age: 29
Hometown: Snohomish, Washington
Current Home: Los Angeles, CA
Favourite Designers: Armani, Tom Ford, Christopher Bailey, Kean Etro
Favourite Past Designer: Christian Siriano (S4), Seth Aaron (S7)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Joshua Mckinley
Joshua McKinley
Age: 25
Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
Current Home: New York, New York
Favourite Designers: Jean Paul Gaultier, Viktor & Rolf, Gianni Versace
Hair Icon: Cary Grant, James Dean
Favourite Past Designer: Stella Zotis, Season 5


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Julie Tierney
Julie Tierney
Age: 35
Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Current Home: Grand Junction, Colorado
Favourite Designers: Pierre Cardin, Givenchy, Christian Lacroix, Jean Paul Gaultier
Style Icon: Madonna


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Kimberly Goldson
Kimberly Goldson
Age: 35
Hometown: Brooklyn, New York
Current Home: White Plains, Maryland
Favourite Designers: Oscar de la Renta, Alice + Olivia, Marchesa, Monique Lluhier
Style Icon: Sarah Jessica Parker
Favourite Past Designer: Christian Siriano (S4)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Laura Kathleen
Laura Kathleen
Age: 26
Hometown: St Louis, Missouri
Current Home: St Louis, Missouri
Favourite Designers: Balenciaga, Christopher Bailey, Cartier
Style Icon: Marilyn Monroe, Sarah Jessica Parker
Favourite Past Designer: Christian Siriano (S4)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Olivier Green
Olivier Green
Age: 22
Hometown: International
Current Home: New York, New York
Favourite Designers: Raf Simons, Muccia Prada, Neil Barrett, Alexander McQueen
Style Icon: Kate Moss
Favourite Past Designer: Leanne Marshall (S5)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Rafael Cox
Rafael Cox
Age: 27
Hometown: Alamogordo, New Mexico
Current Home: Atlanta, Georgia
Favourite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Proenza Schouler, Philip Lim, Alber Elbaz
Style Icon: Olsen Twins
Favourite Past Designer: Mondo Guerra (S8), Seth Aaron (S7)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Serena da Conceicao
Serena da Conceicao
Age: 31
Hometown: Kingston, New York
Current Home: Brooklyn, New York
Favourite Designers: Jean Paul Gaultier, Christian Lacroix, Madeline Vionnet, Alexander McQueen
Favourite Past Designer: Christian Siriano (S4), Korto Momolu (S5), Seth Aaron (S7), Mondo Guerra (S8)


Project Runway Season 9 Designers: Viktor Luna
Viktor Luna
Age: 30
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Current Home: New York, NY
Favourite Designers: Alexander McQueen, Boudicca, Cristobal Balenciaga, Prada
Style Icon: Daphne Guinness and Bjork
Favourite Past Designer: Jay McCarroll (S1), Christian Siriano (S4), Mondo Guerra (S8)

All Images: Copyright: Lifetime Richard McLaren

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