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Leanne Marshall – Project Runway Winner And PDX Fashion Designer

By PDX People

PORTLAND, Ore. – Since winning season 5 of Project Runway in 2008 Leanne Marshall has literally become a household name in the fashion world over the last 10 years.

Her bridal dresses are highly sought after by brides around the world who want to accomplish the goal of having their dream dress for their special day.

Besides her bridal, Leanne’s dresses from her ready-to-wear collection are also in demand everywhere from the streets of Portland to Paris.

About Leanne Marshall

Leanne Marshall was born in Yuba City, California. When most little girls were playing house, Leanne was playing fashion designer with a sketchbook, colored pencils and spare bits of fabric. In no time at all, with the help of a local seamstress, she began bringing her sketches to life. At age 18, Leanne won the Levi’s Dockers Scholarship and was awarded a year of free tuition at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco where she went on to study. 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, what would become a career defining year, Leanne was selected as a contestant for Season 5 of Project Runway. With an unwavering determination, she made it all the way to the finale where she showed her, now famous, wave inspired collection in shades of turquoise, ivory and sand. The judges, and audiences worldwide, were captivated by her final collection and Leanne was crowned the winner. 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 weeksaround the globe every year since 2008. Her work has been seen on Carrie Underwood, Ashley Benson, Salt, Ariana Grande, Andi MacDowell, Julianne Hough, Dasha Palanco, Jackie Cruz, Jane Fonda, Paula Abdul and many others. Her dresses and gowns have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, Brides, US Weekly, The Post, TV Guide, The New York Times, People, Grazia, Elle, LIFE, National Geographicand countless others.

 Leanne Marshall’s sophisticated designs are known for their light, flowing lines, feminine details and timeless elegance. Each dress is made in New York using only the highest quality materials. The Leanne Marshall Brand is a staple for the woman who wants a dress that will showcase, not overshadow, her beauty. Attention to high quality standards, proper flattering fits and silhouettes, and her unique ethereal approach to design have made Leanne a go-to for the today’s woman. With touches of classic and modern, sophistication and youth, Leanne Marshall has captured an effortless grace and timeless elegance in her collections.

Project Runway

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.

Learn More About Leanne Marshall

To learn more about Leanne Marshall visit her website at

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