Inside Season 10 Premiere Of 'Project Runway': Learn About The Contestants, Judges & Challenges

Judge and hostess Heidi Klum appears at the Project Runway 2012 fashion show during New York Fashion Week
Judge and hostess Heidi Klum appears at the Project Runway 2012 fashion show during New York Fashion Week September 9, 2011.

Tim Gunn and Heidi Klum returned to make it work on the Project Runway Season 10 premiere Thursday night on Lifetime.

The beloved judge joined Heidi Klum, Michael Kors and Nina Garcia for the tenth season's first episode of the ultra-popular show, during which viewers eagerly awaited his catchphrase make it work, which is he is known for saying to frustrated fashion designers competing on Project Runway.

Featuring 16 up-and-coming contestants all hoping to be the next great American designer, Season 10 of Project Runway is bound to have its share of failures and triumphs, drama and tension.

The series only began filming a month ago, and the first episode starts with a bang. On June 15, the 16 contestants put on the first live Project Runway fashion show in Times Square in New York City, hoping to make a splash with their finest new creations.

The 16 hopeful Project Runway winners were challenged to design contemporary creations, one of which they had to create at home, and one of which they designed and made at Manhattan's Parsons School of Design.

And they didn't disappoint, revealing a wide range of exciting and interesting looks that get the season off to a promising start, though as usual the judges were not afraid to be critical or full of praise when analyzing the contestants' first projects during the course of the season premiere, which featured guest judges Lauren Graham and Patricia Field.

Season 10 Episode 2 will have the contestants the unconventional challenge where the designers will have to make clothing from candy purchased at New York's Dylan's Candy Bar store.

The tenth season of the hit show's exclusive retail sponsor is Lord & Taylor, which will host a challenge for the show at its flagship location on Manhattan's Fifth Avenue.

Here's a breakdown of all the designers who are competing on Season 10 of Project Runway, as compiled by Wikipedia:

Alicia Hardesty
27
Brandenburg, Kentucky
Los Angeles, California

Andrea Katz
58
Oceanside, New York
New York City, New York

Beatrice Guapo
29
Orange County, California
Marina Del Rey, California

Buffi Jashanmal
32
London, England
New York City, New York

Christopher Palu
24
Brooklyn, New York
Massapequa, New York

Dmitry Sholokhov
33
Navapolatsk, Belarus
New York City, New York

Elena Slivnyak
28
Kiev, Ukraine
Daly City, California

Fabio Costa
29
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Brooklyn, New York

Gunnar Deatherage
22
LaGrange, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky

Kooan Kosuke
30
Himeji, Hy?go, Japan
Queens, New York

Lantie Foster
48
Sacramento, California
New York City, New York

Melissa Fleis
31
Rogers City, Michigan
San Francisco, California

Nathan McDonald
33
Zanesville, Ohio
New York City, New York

Raul Osorio
27
Canoga Park, California
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Sonjia Williams
27
Boston, Massachusetts
Woodside, Queens, New York

Ven Budhu
28
Berbice, Guyana
Kew Gardens, Queens, New York

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