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Dom Streater

  • Author Appeal: For her Final Collection, all the models were styled exactly like her, with the afro and the dresses were all like her usual wardrobe.
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  • Boring, but Practical: Her designs consistently get her either safe or in the top, but she tends to fade into the background next to some of the louder personalities around her.
  • Gender-Blender Name
  • Nice Girl: Often seemed to be actively avoiding fights in the workroom.

Alexandria von Bromssen

  • Brutal Honesty: She outright said who she thought needed to go home with a dry and serious tone.
  • Dumb Blond: Averted. Alexandria said she hated her modeling career because she wanted to go to school and have a brain.
  • Friend to All Children: In her home visit, she shows her studio "Camp Couture", where she teaches children how to saw. For her final collection, her guests are two of her alumns.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Subverted. Went from Runner-Up in Season 12, to second eiminated in All-Stars Season 4.
  • The Quiet One: Talks very slowly, possibly due to English being her second language.
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  • Statuesque Stunner

Justin LeBlanc

  • Disability Superpower: He is deaf. The "superpower" part is because he's claims he's not too worried about the workroom drama since if it gets too bad he can just turn his hearing aid off. Which he does at one point when Ken and Sandro are arguing.
  • Inspirationally Disadvantaged: He's deaf, but it's downplayed, only coming up in a couple of episodes.
  • Lifelines: He's the recipient of the "Tim Gunn Save" after Tim decides that his elimination was too soon.
  • Manly Tears: He shed these when he was eliminated and again during the challenge in which he managed to retool his own dress.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Had never won a challenge in his original season, despite making it to Fashion Week. In All-Stars Season 4, however, he wins the second episode's challenge, but ultimately places overall in 7th place.
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  • Nice Guy: One of the few designers that all of the others truly like, even Ken.
  • Nice Hat: Almost always seem wearing a flat cap, even at home, possibly because of both his hearing aid and because he's balding.
  • Retool: During one of the challenges later on in the season, he was given the opportunity to retool a losing garment from earlier on in the season. He chose his own dress that originally would have got him eliminated had it not been for the Tim Gun Rescue.
  • Straight Gay: In addition to being deaf he's also gay, though you probably wouldn't be able to tell until he says something about it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: After the "Tim Gunn Save" he started doing better in challenges. He also seemed to reflect better on his designs (see Retool) and was able to determine where he had gone wrong.

Bradon McDonald

  • The Ace: Won 4 challenges in the show
  • The Cast Showoff: Does a jumping spin in the show's opening.
  • Nice Guy
  • Real Men Wear Pink: He's a retired professional dancer.
  • Straight Gay
  • Wacky Marriage Proposal: He proposed on camera in the 4th episode after winning the challenge, and would have had to wait for the answer until the episode airs. However, the following week his boyfriend told him that marriage equality had been officially legalisednote  and proposed to him, so after saying yes, Bradon told him about his own proposal.

Helen Castillo

  • The Ace: Won a total of 4 challenges in her run.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Despite her general appearance, and she even says that the clothes she makes are not what you'd expect from her.
  • Determinator: Even after getting reamed by the judges for her failed gown in the second episode declares that she's going to keep making them until the day she dies.
  • Femme Fatalons: The pointy kind.
  • Jerkass:
  • Lad-ette: Tattooed, foul-mouthed, and very blunt.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: Like Sonjia, she was eliminated right before Fashion Week in her season. She makes it to the finale in All-Stars Season 4, but loses to Dmitry in the end.
  • Odd Friendship: Despite vocally being displeased when she sees that Kate has returned for the competition they actually grow to like each other when put on the same team for a challenge, surprising both of them. In All-Stars Season 4, she becomes friends with Michelle.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
  • Suicidal Overconfidence: In odd combination with constantly looking for reassurance, since she would often alternate rapidly between the two.

Kate Pankoke

See Season 11 for her section.

Alexander Pope

Ken Laurence

  • The Atoner: In All-Stars Season 5 this time around he tries to come across as a better person, recognizing that he was going through a lot in his life during his original run.
  • Ascended Fanboy: Declares that he's been "secretly competing" on the show for the past 11 seasons because he's been following it and incorporating the judges' critiques into his own designs.
  • Break the Haughty: Goes into the Belk challenge confident he'll win since he's one of the few contestants from the South, but he gets reamed by the judges for missing the point of the challenge and ends up in the bottom three.
  • Camp Gay
  • City Mouse: Says that even though people think he's a Country Mouse because he's from the South he actually hates the outdoors, though he winds up enjoying their camping trip more than he expected.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Has been homeless several times.
  • Drama Queen
  • Fan Nickname: Tom and Lorenzo quickly dubbed him Coco Montrese after a contestant on that show who was known for stirring drama.
  • Funny Background Event: When Bradon's look is being praised during the Belk challenge he can be seen doing a hilariously bitchy "Oh my God" eye roll.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Essentially called out as such by Tim Gunn when he explodes at Bradon and Alexander as they're moving into the same room. The producers actually moved Ken to his own room because they feared what might happen if he was forced to live with the others, especially after what happened with Sandro.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • It's All About Me
  • Jerkass: Mostly towards Sue.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: In Season 12 he placed 8th, while in All-Stars Season 5, he made it throught to 3rd place.
  • Pet the Dog: Is surprisingly courteous to his fan during the Real Women challenge, a challenge traditionally known to cause trouble for the more drama-prone designers. He still wound up getting eliminated though.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Pink shirt included.
  • Twofer Token Minority: Black and gay, though on the "gay" part he may not be in the minority on this show.

Jeremy Brandrick

  • Beware the Nice Ones: He is rather nice, but he still can happily trash his competitor's garments in the confession cam.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He almost had a run against Alexandria for the most trash-talk in the confessional cam about the other designers.
  • But Not Too White: Pokes fun at himself for being a "typical Brit" who burns easily when he winds up sunburned after the field day challenge.
  • Happily Married: He and his husband have twin babies.
  • Straight Gay
  • Team Dad: Falls into this role almost without meaning to, possibly because he's a dad in real life.

Karen Batts

Miranda Kay Levy

  • Bash Brothers: From day one she didn't like Timothy, also from Milwaukee like her, so by the 3rd challenge they end up in the same team. Drama-ensues.
  • Heroic BSoD: During the Coney Island challenge, and verbally lashes out at Timothy, not caring that he's in the room and can hear her.
  • Irony: She served in the army, despite being emotionally unstable.
  • Military Brat: She served in the army and as the parental figure for her brother.

Sue Waller

  • Fantastic Time Management: Inverted with one challenge, where she was still sewing a contestant into the garment backstage.
  • The Ditz: Did not have a lot of experience with a sewing machine.

Sandro Masmanidi

  • Brutal Honesty: He's the first to tell Timothy to stop trying to explain to the judges his "sustainable philosophy" because they don't care. Of course others had to translate this in "clean" language.
  • Drama Queen
  • Funny Foreigner: He's Russian, but his name can make it a bit hard to tell.
  • Hot-Blooded
  • Jerkass
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Stands up for Helen during her critique in the second episode by telling the judges she tried her hardest.
    • Jerkass Has a Point: When declared he was safe, Sandro interrupts the judges and asks for critique for his design, upset that he still is not giving them what they want to see from him. Despite the judges and other contestants berating him for being rude and that he should be 'thankful' to be safe, the designers are constantly told being safe is not a good thing, and Sandro's request for constructive feedback seems perfectly fair (Zac Posen just angrily insults Sandro's design, instead).
  • Malaproper: Isn't always sure he's using the right idiom, and at one point asks if anyone has a pin because "I need to sew my hookers."note 
  • No Indoor Voice: To the point that Justin actually takes off his hearing aid when he's arguing with Ken.
  • Non-Gameplay Elimination: Although he got in the middle, he still questioned the judges, got into a screaming argument with Helen and Ken and left the building. The producers eventually tracked him down the next day and brought him back just long enough to apologize for his behavior before he formally left the competition.
  • Porn Stache
  • Sir Swears-a-Lot: Notably drops a Cluster F-Bomb in his home tour video.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!

Timothy Westbrook

  • Animal Motifs: Unicorns, as he proudly declares in his home visit.
  • Bigot vs. Bigot: From day one Miranda didn't like Timothy, also from Milwaukee like him, so by the 3rd challenge they end up in the same team. Drama-ensues.
  • Camp Gay: To the point he was standing next to his model wearing sparkly high heels while she was barefoot. Something the judges were not amused by.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: His entire concept for his first look, which involves not having his model wear any makeup to her visible irritation, not use any electricity in the production of the garment or to prep her hair, and to have her mime being bound as she goes down the runway (which she refuses to actually do on the runway minus a small motion at the end of the catwalk).
  • Granola Boy: Defines himself as a sustainable designer.
    • It then went to irritating levels when he refused to use makeup, electricity and burned synthetic material, which makes it far than sustainable.
  • Hypocrite: The judges tear him into regarding the above, since burning material like parachute fabric releases chemicals into the air and is not exactly eco friendly. Not to mention wearing (women's) shoes while his model isn't.
  • Keet
  • Soapbox Sadie: The other designers' opinion of his behavior in the first episode.

Kahindo Mateene

Angela Bacskocky

  • Bi the Way: Subverted. She said she went through her "Lesbian Phase" and then discovered she wasn't after all.
  • Experimented in College: How she defines her "Lesbian Phase".

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