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'Project Runway All Stars' aims to be original

Thirteen contestants from past seasons of ‘Project Runway All Stars' compete for a variety of prizes, including a boutique at some Neiman Marcus stores. In exchange, the high-end retailer's accessories are used on the show.
BY JACQUELINE CUTLER Published: January 4, 2012
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Any show as popular as “Project Runway” would not be left to have just regular seasons, even cable seasons, which work on their own mysterious timetable.

Given the expectations of a built-in audience, “Project Runway All Stars” was destined.

It premieres Thursday on Lifetime.

This show needs to be different from its mother ship, so it amps up the competition and the prizes.

Thirteen contestants from past seasons compete for a variety of prizes, including a boutique at some Neiman Marcus stores. In exchange, the high-end retailer's accessories are used on the show.

“The format is very similar and fans of the show will be familiar, but there are some nuances that are different, and that is really because of the all-stars,” executive producer Rob Bagshaw says.

“We have taken people from every season, so all-stars have been through the process already. They are familiar with the challenges and working with tight deadlines and have gone on to bigger and better things. They have collections and sell, and dress red carpet celebrities.”

Isaac Mizrahi, one of the series' regular judges (with Georgina Chapman), is no stranger to fashion shows on TV.

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