Designer Joshua McKinley hails from Sunnyside, New York and realized his potential at the age of 18. He attended The Fashion Institute of Technology and was also educated in Italy. Since then, he has worked freelance but later took on a job as an assistant designer for private-label brands. Growing up, he surrounded himself with the arts, such as theatre productions and the like. Soon, he found himself auditioning for Project Runway and became a contestant in season 9 as one of 20 designers hoping to make it big in the industry. He landed second place in the competition. In 2012, he joined the cast of Project Runway All Stars season 2.