Local fashion designer Bishme Cromartie, who has shown at LA and New York Fashion Week and dressed numerous celebrities, will appear on the upcoming season of Project Runway. The 17th season of the fashion competition show will return to Bravo after a stint on Lifetime with a more diverse cast, array of models, and panel of judges—plus Annapolis native Christian Siriano will be the designers’ mentor.
“I am so happy to announce that I’ll be on this season of Project Runway,” Cromartie wrote on Facebook. “I never thought that this would happen—or maybe I did. I’m really sitting here crying while typing this.”
This season of Project Runway, which airs on March 14, features an increased prize of $250,000, an expansive workroom and new runway, and special guests such as Kendall Jenner, Danielle Brooks, and Cardi B.
We got a chance to sit down with the Baltimore-born Cromartie to talk about his upbringing off of Greenmount Avenue, being inspired by Alexander McQueen, some of his first creations, future trend predictions, and how he’s worked his way to the top.