Leanne Marshall

Presentation by: Josie Pritchett

Early Life:

- Born in Yuba City, California on October 10, 1980

- By 12 first job was designing costumes for her childhood ballets

- At 18 she won the Levi's Dockers Scholarship and one free year at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco

- Worked as a Graphic designer full time before fashion design

Ladder to Fame:

2006 - Created her first collection at Portland Fashion week

2007 - Quit job to be fashion designer as sales picked up

2008 - Won Project Runway season 5

2011 - Launched Signature Bridal line

Her Style:

- known for light flowing lines, feminine details and timeless elegance

- Inspiration for finale was waves of the ocean - serene, tranquil style

- Dyes her own textiles (see pic of dyed fingers)

- Known for using eco friendly materials

What is she doing today?

- Owns 18 boutiques and bridal shops all over the US, in Canada, England, and Ireland as well as online

- Currently lives in New York City and works out of a studio in New York City Fashion District

Rising Fame:

- Created dresses for celebrities such as Paula Abdul, Heidi Klum, Carrie Underwood, Julianne Hough, Stephanie Bauer, Allison Janney, Whitney Carson, Jillian Rose Reed, and many more

- Designs displayed in Martha Stewart Weddings, US weekly, The Post, The New York Times, People, Elle, LIFE, National Geographic, Lucky, and countless others

- Designed high fashion patterns for Simplicity Patterns Company