Project Runway 5: Leanne

Leanne Project Runway 5

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Leanne 27, Yuta, California
education: The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandise
favorite designers: Rodarte, Maison Martin Margiela, and Zac Posen
fashion must: Plain white or gray t-shirt
bio: This Portland native first got her itch for design at the early age of 12, after designing ballet costumes. A graduate from the FIDM in San Francisco, Leanne was the recipient of the Levis/Dockers Fashion Designer of Tomorrow scholarship. Much of her designs are influenced by her five-plus years as a graphic designer and can be described as innovative, structural and sophisticated, resulting in a style that’s unquestionably her own. Her feverish appetite for fashion and creation probably lent a hand in naming her line “Leanimal,” currently being sold in Portland, New York, and Seattle.

Photo Credit: Jay Sullivan/Bravo

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