Project Runway's Leanne
Project Runway winner Leanne takes your question on how she ended up as the last designer standing on the catwalk.
- Q: Did you ever have any doubt during the competition that you were going to win? - Jessica, New York City
- A: Early on, I was on the bottom. I could have easily been sent home. But I fought for it and I learned early on to take the judges' critiques. I learned how to evolve and grow. It’s what kept me strong in the competition. I learned how to edit. It was something that hadn’t really occurred to me before doing Project Runway. I learned to step back and be really objective about my work.
- Q: You had some friction with Kenley on the show. Was that real? - Erik., New York City
- A: It was absolutely real. It was intense. She would just say these things, and I would be like, 'Kenley, do you ever think of what’s coming out of your mouth?’ I honestly don’t really think that she does or she just doesn’t care. Unfortunately for her, it’s not going to help her career very much. I really hope that she’s able to look at it and grow from that now.
- Q: Your half of your collection was made with sustainable textiles. How did you become interested in Green fashion? - Jessica, New York City
- A: Definitely in the last year I’ve been using a lot of these textiles. It’s the way of the future and it’s something all designers should keep in mind. Whatever I can do to reduce my carbon footprint the better.
- Q: So what have you been doing since the show ended? - Jessica, New York City
- A: I’ve just been catching up and thinking about my next collection and starting to work on that and turn it into a real line and increase production. It should be out in a couple of months it’s a matter of recruiting the right people. I’m going to be moving to the New York in a couple months as well.
- Q: When did you start using the petal as the main motif in your designs? And were you surprised that the judges criticized you for that? - Erik, New York City
- A: It’s really something I’ve been into lately. If you look back at my previous work, it wasn’t always about petals. I’m always evolving. I think next year it will be something else. I got really sick of seeing ruffles. The petals were a way of me getting away from the ruffles for a while. I was prepared for that. I wanted to make sure that my collection was really cohesive because it was so small. You can’t do a thousand different idea. It’s not the one thing I do. I have lots of tricks up my sleeve.
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