Season 15 Premieres September 15 at 9/8c

Project Runway Blog

17 New Designers You Need to Meet

By Tracy_Goldenberg 07/14/2010 04:27AM GMT

The start of a new season of "Project Runway" is upon us, and Season 8 not only has a brand new time (9 pm!) and more minutes (90!), but the most number of designers in the show's history (17!). To help you get through all things new, here's a "Runway" road map:

• Start out by visiting the designers' profile pages to read their extensive Q&As and flip through photo galleries. You'll find out the answers to all the things you want to know — like design training and favorite fabrics — plus see all their favorite pictures.

• Jump on over to Designer Portfolios to see the contestants' inspirations and the past work that got them a spot on the show.

• Finally, watch our exclusive pre-show videos, where you can watch the designers' casting sessions, home visits and closet-tours.

Also for Season 8, we have some friendly and new faces for our "Runway" bloggers! Mentor Tim Gunn is back again with designers Carol Hannah Whitfield (Season 6), plus Nick Verreos (Season 2) and , new for Season 8, Laura Bennett (Season 3).

Don't forget to tune in for the big Episode 1 premiere on Thursday, July 29 at 9 pm et/pt for 90 minutes of "Runway" with guest judge Selma Blair, and stick around for the premiere of "On the Road With Austin & Santino" at 10:30 pm et/pt.

And, as always, remember to check out our "Project Runway" Facebook and Twitter pages for the latest updates!