Who is Caycee Black? Self-proclaimed dystopian farm girl joins 'Project Runway'
Growing up in Houston, Caycee felt like an outsider as she grew up surrounded by paint, sequined tulle, and denim
Bravo's hit 'Project Runway' is back with Season 19. The hit Bravo show features 16 budding designers from across the United States and abroad, each ready to prove they have what it takes to showcase their collection at New York Fashion Week and be the next great name in fashion. Caycee Black, a New York-based designer is one of the sixteen contestants who will be competing in the competition. Each 90-minute episode tests the contestants’ creativity and technique with challenges such as producing a “hauntingly” chic look, to an unconventional cocktail dress!
'Project Runway' Season 19 features editor-in-chief of Elle Magazine- Nina Garcia, Elaine Welteroth, former editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue and co-host of 'The Talk', and celebrity designer Brandon Maxwell, and Christian Siriano donning the hats of judges and mentor respectively. While we eagerly wait for the show's premiere let's take a closer look at Caycee and her impressive career in the fashion industry.
Who is Caycee Black?
Caycee Black is a 40-year-old designer from New York. Growing up in Houston, Texas, Caycee felt like an outsider as she grew up surrounded by paint, sequined tulle, and denim. She turned to art as her escape from reality and enjoyed watching vintage movies and musicals as the women's clothing in these movies intrigued her. She got her BFA in design from Parsons School of Design, she set up shop in NYC and held design jobs at Anna Sui, Club Monaco, Tibi, Reed Krakoff and Coach.
Caycee always viewed contradiction as a thing of beauty. She describes her style and aesthetics as a "dystopian farm girl". Through her namesake label she captures the fun of her personality with a strong focus on her painted prints, which have been worn by Drew Barrymore, Michelle Williams, Lilly Singh, Regina Spektor and Solange Knowles. Caycee is manifesting her romantic and personal vision of what femininity can be in 2021 and beyond.
On her brand's website Caycee shared, "I like to break the expectations around me and expose the truth we live in while adding a touch of fantasy." Her line has received numerous awards including Best New Designer in WWD, Lucky Magazine and Vogue UK. The pandemic's restrictions activated Caycee to join forces with Susan Boyle, one of the first woman to own a sneaker boutique in sneaker culture and streetwear, they are launching a children's collection.
'Project Runway' Season 19 premieres on Thursday, October 14, at 9 pm ET/PT.