The highly-anticipated Season 11 premiere of Project Runway happens on Thursday, January 24 at 9/8C, and we're more than a little curious as to how the team concept will turn out. In the first episode, designers will create New York-inspired clothing, all hoping to impress some familiar faces. Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, and our own Nina Garcia return on the judging panel, with featured judge Zac Posen replacing Michael Kors. Season 4 Project Runway winner Christian Siriano will also join as a guest judge.
Hometown: Nashville, TN
Lives in: Lincoln, NE
Twitter handle: @avvalentine
Design training/schooling: "Bachelor's degree in Clothing and Textile Design from the University of Nebraska."
Strengths as a designer: "I'm always hyper-aware of proportion and line and fit."
Influences: "Every season I draw from international cultures, costume history, and music. I love combining seemingly disparate ideas."