Leanne Marshall in February 2009
|Born||Yuba City, CaliforniaOctober 10, 1980|
|Education||Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising|
|Television||Project Runway Season 5 (Winner)|
Marshall is a graduate of The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in San Francisco and a recipient of their Levi’s Dockers Fashion Designer of Tomorrow award.
Leanne Marshall and Wesley Nault were the bottom two design contestants in Episode 2 of Project Runway, "The Grass Is Always Greener". In Episode 3, "Bright Lights, Big City", Marshall was among the top three design contestants. She maintained a good stride throughout the rest of the competition, consecutively winning two challenges: "Fashion that Drives You" and "Double 0 Fashion".
Marshall was chosen as one of the final top three design contestants and designed a wave-inspired collection for the final competition. Her collection was judged against collections by Kenley Collins with some of Collins' personally hand-painted fabrics, and Korto Momolu with Momolu's hints of African inspiration. Leanne Marshall's feminine waves captured the judges and she became the winner of Season 5.
Marshall began her runway fashion career in 2006 and 2007 at Portland Fashion Week in Portland, Oregon. After a year and a half of hard work developing the line, Leanne's popularity grew and so did her sales. In mid 2007, she was able to leave her money job behind and make the leap into designing her own label full-time.
In 2008, Leanne was selected as a contestant for Season 5 of Project Runway. She made it all the way to the finale where she showed her wave inspired collection in shades of turquoise, ivory and sand. She was crowned the winner. Marshall created an eco-friendly line for bluefly.com that debuted in July 2009. At that same time, she also designed a maternity dress for Heidi Klum.
Fresh after her Project Runway win, Leanne relocated to New York City where she continued to develop her line. Her collections have shown at New York Fashion Week and fashion weeks around the globe every year since 2008. Leanne has designed clothing for television, editorial and her favorite client, the real woman. Her work has been seen on Paula Abdul and the X Factor. Her dresses and gowns have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, US Weekly, The Post, TV Guide, The New York Times, People, Elle, LIFE, National Geographic, Lucky and countless others. She is proud to have designed high fashion patterns for Simplicity Pattern Company.
After years of designing custom bridal gowns, Leanne officially launched her signature bridal line in 2011. The designs are known for their light, flowing lines, feminine details and timeless elegance. Each dress is handcrafted in the USA. The Leanne Marshall Brand is a staple for the bride who wants a dress that will showcase, not overshadow, her beauty. The bridal collection is carried in over 18 boutiques internationally and online. In 2014, she released an exclusive selection of dresses with BHLDN.
Her design studio and flagship showroom is located in New York City's Fashion District.
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