Nadine Ralliford, Jamaican-born professor of fashion, is participating on Season 17 of the popular television program “Project Runway.” Also the creator of her own brand, Ralliford Hall Designs, she has loved fashion since childhood, drawing and putting together her own creations from scraps of cloth and old clothing. Ralliford cites her mother Dolce Ralliford Jones as her mentor. Jones fostered Nadine’s creativity from the start and sent her to special programs designed to improve and enhance her natural skills. Nadine remembers that her mother loved high fashion and would dress for every occasion. Her mother also made sure that her daughter learned about different cultures by permitting her to travel throughout Europe and Asia. Nadine Railliford attended Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in Los Angeles, the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from American Intercontinental University. She also has a degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her brand features a collection meant to appeal to women of all ethnicities.
The long-awaited return of “Project Runway” already spurred early predictions of rivalries and potential winners. With new hosts – model Karlie Kloss – and a new mentor – Christian Siriano – and new judges Elaine Welteroth and Brandon Maxwell – the show is gathering strong interest in its 16 designer contestants. Prizes on the show total hundreds of thousands of dollars, so the competition is fierce.
Early predictions have placed Ralliford as the third-most likely winner on the basis of her international perspective. The other top contenders among early predictors included Cavanagh Baker of Nashville, Tennessee, who currently has the leading odds, and Gary “Garo Sparo” Spampinato, who is originally from North Carolina but now lives in New York.
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