Project Runway All-Stars kicks off January 5. Here, we refresh our memories about the designers who’ve set their sights on another shot at fashion glory.

The living dead girl returns to the runway. The youngest contestant to grace the runway with her designs, April Johnston returns with her “destroy to create”-themed style. While her designs and their lifeless color may not reach beyond the underworld, April makes up for it in her outspoken, colorful personality. Is Project Runway: All-Stars her road to redemption after falling short of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week?

Basic Stats

Age: 22
Hometown: Savannah, GA
PR Season: Eight (2010)
Placement: Fifth

Project Runway History
Season 8 was a hotbed of drama, mostly involving winner Gretchen Jones, as well as fellow All-Star castmember Michael Costello. Caught in the whirlwind of designer’s turmoil, April made her opinions known quite often. Does she regret her public portrayal? Not at all! Here’s a personal account of April’s time on Project Runway and certain people she shared it with. April Johnston reflects on Project Runway Season 8:

Drama is always fun to watch unfold, yet the designs are what we’re truly here for, right? April won one challenge before placing fifth in the competition. Her dark take on resort wear, lent a new approach that pleased the judges’ eyes. Check out a retrospective of her designs, and how the judges felt about her “futuristic” looks:

April’s Resort Wear Piece (Challenge Winner)

Post-Project Runway
If director Tim Burton lends his expertise to sit as a guest judge this upcoming season, April Johnston should be in luck. Her collection entitled Mangled Courtesan glorifies the couture fashions for the dead. Her easily mistaken graveyard fashions showcase contrasting textures of drab shades, but in a really cool way.

Pieces from April’s Mangled Courtesan Collection

Will the depth of April Johnston’s collection prove she has what it takes to win Project Runway: All- Stars? Or does her nightmarish influence still stifle her range? Tune in to the show’s premiere on Lifetime January 5 at 9/8c when the challenges begin.

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Kara Janx
Mila Hermanovski
Gordana Gehlhausen
Mondo Guerra
Kenley Collins
Michael Costello

Jilliane Johnson
Contributing Writer

(Images courtesy of Lifetime,

Jilliane Johnson

Contributing Writer, BuddyTV