Valerie Mayen on Project Runway!

It is my distinct pleasure to announce that one of our forum members Valerie Mayen (Yellow Cake Shop), has been selected as a contestant for the upcoming season of Project Runway.

Fashion-Incubator member Valerie Mayen is a contestant on Project Runway!

Above is a photo of Cindy Dishmey, KM and Valerie Mayen (left to right). This photo was taken at the farmer’s market November 2009 in Las Cruces NM when they’d come to take my production pattern making class. And if you’re wondering, yes, Valerie was a pleasure to teach and a gifted student. I believe she also took classes with my colleague Heather Menzies, another reputable pattern maker in the industry.

The list of this season’s contestants is posted hereOhmiword! Looking over the list, I see that we have two more this season! Another frequent contributor to our site is Kristin Haskins Simms (most notably in this thread). The last PR contestant has participated on Fashion-Incubator regularly but used a pseudonym. As such, it’s not appropriate that I disclose their identity. Well how cool is that? F-I has three contestants this season! After five years, I guess we’re doing something right in the way of nurturing emerging design talent.

Congratulations Valerie, Kristen and Anon, we’ll be watching your progress closely. Make us proud and break a leg!

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  1. Lisa Blank says:

    The cat is finally out of the bag! What a nice surprise to see this posted today. Congrats to all three of the F-Iers!

  2. I am so excited!! Valerie was who I guessed because of a broad hint by Lisa, and Lisa just alerted me by email to RUN over to this page. YAHOOOOOO!!! Had dinner Valerie in Philly in Feb and she is super sweet and talented.

    Go Valerie, Kristen, & Anon!


  3. Kathleen says:

    yay! In question 42 of 56 on her PR page, Valerie says her favorite website is “, for those who are into the real fashion industry and how it operates”. Now I have to check out our other two.

  4. Becky says:

    Wow…three from the FI group. How wonderful is that. Congratulations to all three of you and best of luck! It will be so much fun to watch this time around.
    I am not anywhere near the caliber of designers that could be part of Project Runway. But, it is wonderful to know I am surrounded by so many that are when I visit here.

  5. TH says:

    Congrats! I’m watching the personal videos on the Project Runway site and I am in love with Valerie’s workspace.

  6. Victoria says:

    Congrats to all! This will be so much fun!…And it will be an opportunity for all of us to learn and grow. Best wishes.


  7. Just finished filming, back to work and busy as ever! Thanks everyone for all the well wishes! I had the time of my life!!! Thanks for the post and the support Kathleen! Please Support and vote for me as fan favorite on my by clicking the “like” button on my designer profile. Thanks again guys! This season is killer! You’re all in for a treat!!!

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