Kate Pankoke competed on Project Runway
Season 11 but only lasted until week 7 of the competition
. She was given a second chance at redemption when she returned to compete in Season 12 after fans voted for her, beating season 6’s Ra’mon Lawrence-Coleman and season 8’s Valerie Mayen. In episode 11, however, she was sent home in the double elimination
She graduated from Florida State University's Apparel Design and Technology program in December of 2010, and studied fashion designer for a semester at Syracuse University's Summer College for High School Students. Prior to joining the show, she worked as a creative director, visual merchandiser, design volunteer, pattern-maker and sales clerk. She believes that she has ability to predict color trends and silhouettes that will be popular the following season.