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Chicago designer will compete on ‘Project Runway’

Katelyn Pankoke

Katelyn Pankoke

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Updated: February 15, 2013 6:11AM

The next round of “Project Runway” is all about teamwork, which might not bode well for the season’s lone Chicago contestant.

Bridal specialist Katelyn Pankoke, 23, is one of 16 designers who came to New York to impress Heidi Klum, Tim Gunn and the rest. During this season, debuting Jan. 24 on Lifetime, the designers will work in teams every week.

“I am a Type-A control freak and have enough of my own internal personalities to deal with,” Pankoke says in a Q&A on the show’s website. “I hate having to compromise my vision to appease a group.”

A Florida native, Pankoke is creative director of the Chicago design line Elaya Vaughn and describes her aesthetic as “artful femininity.”

“Project Runway” designers are competing for prizes including $100,000 to start an apparel line and a Marie Claire fashion spread.

“I have literally been training for this moment since the show originated,” Pankoke says. “I know that I have what it takes to complete the challenges and stay true to my design aesthetic.”

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