The final Project Runway New Zealand designers have been revealed!

Publish Date
Monday, 17 September 2018, 8:59AM

If the first lot of Project Runway New Zealand designers are anything to go by, we are in for a treat come October 1st. 

Joining the first seven designers is a cast just as diverse, and will definitely give the other contestants a run for their money. 

Here they are!

Beau Takapu, 37
Retail Senior Sales Assistant from Auckland

Growing up in San Francisco, Beau felt like something was missing in his design aesthetic. He decided to make a change and move to New Zealand to get closer to his Tongan roots. "I like to fuse my South Pacific heritage and background into my modern and classic designs."

Benjamin Alexander, 23
Designer from Auckland

With a background in womenswear, the most important thing to Benjamin is making women look and feel good. Living and breathing fashion, he believes that being a designer or any other creative isn’t a want, it is a must. Fashion is why he is here on this planet. "I think my work speaks for itself - it is exaggerated minimalism. I like really clean lines and clean silhouettes with tailored clothing."

Camille Richard, 22
Handbag Designer from Auckland

A happy, positive person, who is always looking for an adventure, Camille doesn’t find it hard to standout—her purple hair should do it alone! "I tend to design for my alter ego. I love designing statement pieces with weird shapes, sculpture, structure and organic lines!"

Jess Hunter, 23
Retail Assistant from Auckland

Working under pressure won’t be an issue for Jess. Having three years’ experience working at a bridal dressmaking store had its pressures. "In terms of my design aesthetic, I’d consider it playful: I like to mix extremes, whether that be colour vs print or femme vs masculine."


Judy Gao, 24
Fashion Designer from Auckland

As one of the only self-taught designers on the show this season, Judy is a dark horse of this competition. "My design aesthetic is a mix of sophisticated, elegant, sexy, and edgy."

Matt Costello, 26
Nursery Worker from Nelson

Matt is an everyday Kiwi bloke, but with a difference: he loves a “gun” on a sewing machine. "I don’t stick to the textbook way of designing. I love to break rules and follow my own intuition with my garments and designs.

Misty Ratima, 40
Maori Lecturer from Napier

Wanting to be pushed out of her comfort zone, mum-of-four Misty applied for Project Runway. "I like the idea of unisex streetwear, where women can look sexy in men’s garments that are an oversized look for her. I like to mix print, pattern and texture all the time. Imagery or portraiture has played a part in collections since I started."

So, who will win and who will walk? The series premieres on Monday 1st October, 7:30 PM on TVNZ 2.

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