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Project Runway increases its prize, and is casting for designers to film this fall

Project Runway increases its prize, and is casting for designers to film this fall

Bravo’s relaunch of Project Runway is increasing the show’s prize to $250,000, up from the $100,000 prize the fashion design competition has had for 16 seasons. (All-Stars increased the cash portion of its prize to $150,000 for seasons 2, 3, and 4.)

Production company Magical Elves is now casting for “a wide spectrum” of designers to be on Project Runway season 17. A press release says the show is looking for people:

“ranging from traditional with a classic sophisticated vision, to those making waves online and with fashion influencers, to designers already established with buyers and shoppers.”

Designers can apply online, via e-mail (, or by tagging  @magicalelvesprojectrunway on Instagram.

Producers are currently planning to film season 17 in October and early November.

The casting website says potential contestants “need to be available to the production from approximately October 1, 2018-November 11, 2018,” though that may change.

Meanwhile, Bravo has still yet to even mention Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn in connection with the series. Here’s why.

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