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Introducing the Season 11 Cast!

By kim_messina Thu., Jan. 10, 2013 ,9:00 am EST

Project Runway Season 11 Cast

A team is only as strong as its weakest link…but only ONE Project Runway designer can be the winner, so who will play nice and who won’t this season? As 16 talented designers from across the country arrive to The Big Apple, they will have to prove they can create, construct and collaborate their way to Fashion Week for "Project Runway" Season 11 - Teams Edition, premiering Thursday, January 24, at 9.8c.

In the premiere episode, the designers will use New York as their inspiration to create their garments but discover working in teams for the entire season will challenge their patience and creativity. The designers will have to watch their backs while keeping their eyes on the prize as they work together to impress Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn, Nina Garcia and featured judge Zac Posen and guest judge, Season 4 "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano.

And the Season 11 designers are:

Amanda Valentine, 31 - Hometown: Nashville, TN; Resides in Lincoln, NE

Benjamin Mach, 35 - Hometown: Sydney, Australia; Resides in London, England

Cindy Marlatt, 59 - Hometown: Kent, WA; Resides in Kent, WA

Daniel Esquivel, 48 - Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Austin, TX

Emily Pollard, 24 - Hometown: Richfield, OH; Resides in Falls Church, VA

James Martinez, 29 - Hometown: Dallas, TX; Resides in Fort Worth, TX

Joseph Aaron Segal, 30 - Hometown: Framingham, MA; Resides in Providence, RI

Kate Pankoke, 23 - Hometown: Eau Claire, WI & Parkland, FL; Resides in Chicago, IL

Layana Aguilar, 28 - Hometown: Valadares, Brazil; Resides in New York, NY

Matthew Arthur, 30 - Hometown: Hammond, LA; Resides in New Orleans, LA

Michelle Lesniak Franklin, 34 - Hometown: Portland, OR; Resides in Portland, OR

Patricia Michaels, 46 - Hometown: Taos, NM; Resides in Taos, NM

Richard Hallmarq, 39 - Hometown: Saramento, CA; Resides in Sacramento, CA

Samantha Black, 28 - Hometown: Bronx, NY; Resides in Fairfield, CT

Stanley Hudson, 45 - Hometown: Lynwood, CA; Resides in West Hollywood, CA

Tu Suthiwat Nakchat, 26 - Hometown: Chacheangsao, Thailand; Resides in Springfield, VA