Last night 28-year-old Leanne Marshall of Portland, Ore., took home Project Runway’s $100,000 prize. The judges fell in love with her line of dresses, jackets, pants, and vests, all covered in petals and inspired by waves. Before she makes the big move to New York City (talk about diving into the fashion deep end!), she rang up EW.com to talk about the annoyance that was Kenley, whether she’ll ever sew another petal, and who might be a future customer (hint: Her initials are S.J.P.).
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Congratulations, Leanne! So, has it sunk in yet?
LEANNE MARSHALL: Yeah, finally! I’m so excited, I just wanna dance and celebrate. I mean, I’ve known for like a month, so it’s been like ”Okay, don’t act too happy.”
Do you think you’ll do any petals ever again?
I think I’m all petaled out, that’s what I told the judges afterward. It’s just been a thing I’ve been into the last few months, but it’s certainly out of my system. I’m not a one-trick pony, and you’re going to see a lot more from me other than petals.
Are you working on anything now, or are you taking some time off?
I took a few weeks off after everything, but now I’m back to work, making dresses to sell. I’m already thinking about my next collection, and I’ve sort of started to work on it. The things that I do that turn out pretty great, I play around with and experiment. I love just taking the fabric and folding it and pleating it and twisting it. Just playing with the materials is the way I come up with some of the more incredible things I do.
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