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Leanne Marshall Takes on Fashion Week

Sep 13, 2011

by Beth Levison

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Amidst the Alexander Wangs, DKNYs and Marc Jacobs at this fall’s New York Fashion Week, a fresh-faced independent designer is on our minds: Leanne Marshall of Project Runway and Etsy fame. We caught up with Leanne as she prepares to show her latest, primarily bridal, collection.

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  • BlueRoseRetro

    BlueRoseRetro said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous work Leanne. Love the Marlowe dress. wow!

  • tlasslett

    tlasslett said 10 years ago

    Love everything. You do a wonderful job. My favorite is the Willimena.

  • MootiDesigns

    MootiDesigns said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congrats!

  • MyMomsBasement

    MyMomsBasement said 10 years ago

    Beautiful! Didn't even know that Leanne had an Etsy page! Can't wait to browse

  • Waterrose

    Waterrose said 10 years ago

    Beautiful and so feminine agnes!

  • sonyarasi

    sonyarasi said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautiful work!

  • Mclovebuddy

    Mclovebuddy said 10 years ago

    yay! the niora dress is one of my faves.

  • lovelygifts

    lovelygifts said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous collection!

  • TheIDconnection

    TheIDconnection said 10 years ago

    Beautiful! I love the Satin Bridal Sas

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 10 years ago

    Cassandra's my favourite... & a fabulous colour too!

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 10 years ago

    I've enjoyed Leanne's designs since I saw her on PR and discovered shortly after that her Etsy shop! Love the flowing pleats and waves and soft colors.

  • handmaderomance

    handmaderomance said 10 years ago

    beautiful work. congratulations. love the yellow dress at the end!

  • Powerofflower

    Powerofflower said 10 years ago

    Wonderful video! Good luck!

  • jammerjewelry

    jammerjewelry said 10 years ago

    Wonderful article, Thanks!

  • warmnfuzzies

    warmnfuzzies said 10 years ago

    Absolutely awesome! So happy for you!! Your designs are fabulous!

  • MerCurios

    MerCurios said 10 years ago

    Best of luck with the show!! Above all "Have Fun" xo, MJ

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 10 years ago

    I feel like we etsians have - in a small way - been privileged to witness your evolution over these few years with you, Leanne. It is so great to watch your success unfold. Congratulations! Beautiful collection, and I just love that yellow!

  • Parachute425

    Parachute425 said 10 years ago


  • OsoVictoria

    OsoVictoria said 10 years ago

    Very beautiful and totally feminine!

  • sweetredemption

    sweetredemption said 10 years ago

    Leanne... I love how down to earth you are - your pieces are gorgeous and your authenticity shines through. My daughter, 9, is beginning her journey into fashion... I thought of her while I watched the video. I love watching her, in her little glasses, as she sits at my sewing machine and pieces together custom shirts for herself, or sewing on a button to her "bubble wrap" skirt. She was just saying how she hopes that someday she can find a friend who really "gets" her - I told her... honey... there are a ton of amazing people out there who love fashion and designing just as much as you. I am going to show her your video and I know it will inspire her to just keep being herself. All the best to you! xjess

  • AliKan

    AliKan said 10 years ago

    Beautiful Collection.You deserve to have great success in the future with such a talent!

  • myvintagecrush

    myvintagecrush said 10 years ago

    So. Beautiful. Etsy Fashion Week, yay!

  • JillianReneDecor

    JillianReneDecor said 10 years ago

    She is so awesome! I've been a huge fan since Project Runway! Wishing her all the very best!

  • MandyBesek

    MandyBesek said 10 years ago

    Leanne, your designs are breath-taking... I'm so glad to hear you are rocking the runway!

  • RecycleRestyle

    RecycleRestyle said 10 years ago

    sigh! :)

  • Trenza

    Trenza said 10 years ago

    LOVE her!

  • siennaorlando

    siennaorlando said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on all your success!

  • Soles

    Soles said 10 years ago

    I love your designs!!!

  • KettleConfections

    KettleConfections said 10 years ago

    It's really inspiring to see you present during fashion week! I love how even your everyday pieces have the elegance of bridal wear.

  • mylenefoster

    mylenefoster said 10 years ago

    Congratulations! What a great honor.

  • MegansMenagerie

    MegansMenagerie said 10 years ago

    Wow! Such beautiful work! Congrats!!!! =)

  • breadandroses2

    breadandroses2 said 10 years ago video, just this message: 'Forbidden You don't have permission to access/video 29000759' Glitch, no?

  • choisette

    choisette said 10 years ago

    i'm happy to see at least one of the chicks featured on project runway is getting some well deserved attention. step aside, siriano!

  • StudioCherie

    StudioCherie said 10 years ago

    Love how the dresses move. Keep up the great work.

  • streetnoodles

    streetnoodles said 10 years ago

    i can't remember which judge feared you might be a "one-note-pony"... you surely have proven to be a blossoming composer with many clear & crisp symphonic notes to choose from and inspire us all....continued success!

  • BodyLuxe

    BodyLuxe said 10 years ago

    Beautiful collection and congrats!

  • vinskord

    vinskord said 10 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous!

  • ginacrg

    ginacrg said 10 years ago

    I have been a fan since I 1st saw you on Project Runway. I love your designs, wish I needed a wedding dress! Your's are so beautiful. I wish you all the best. Keep being yourself, it shows so beautifully!

  • knitfitt

    knitfitt said 10 years ago

    What a lovely collection!

  • Loveybyisha

    Loveybyisha said 10 years ago

    So inspirational! I'm a huge fan! its cool to watch other designers grow and evolve. Leanne consistently has made pieces that are so breathtaking and beautiful and at the same time she stays true to her aesthetic. I love it!

  • 3mapleavenuedesigns

    3mapleavenuedesigns said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous!! Or as we say in Boston - AWESOME!

  • hankietankie

    hankietankie said 10 years ago

    Delightful! Love your unique style! xox

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage said 10 years ago

    Congrats! Your style is beautiful and creative!

  • JennaDickes

    JennaDickes said 10 years ago

    I love Leanna's clothes. She's my favorite PR designer, even better than Christian. Keep doing what you do and you'll make it into those big tents!

  • PageantCouture

    PageantCouture said 10 years ago

    Very beautiful!Love your designs

  • eschreur

    eschreur said 10 years ago

    I love Leanne's stuff. This is great!

  • malidolls

    malidolls said 10 years ago

    so nice!!! Congratulations!!!

  • shshhshop

    shshhshop said 10 years ago

    Ahhhh I didn't know she had an Etsy account! Ever since that first episode of PR I instantly fell in love with her & her style, she's great!

  • dreadsandcurls

    dreadsandcurls said 10 years ago

    One of my top three have PR designers EVER! Leanne, you are beyond awesome!!!!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous! Congrats.

  • TheMillineryShop

    TheMillineryShop said 10 years ago

    Her clothes are great and her style is so distinctly hers. Kudos.

  • PhotoIdeas

    PhotoIdeas said 10 years ago

    great line

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 10 years ago


  • metronomic1

    metronomic1 said 10 years ago


  • MishaGirl

    MishaGirl said 10 years ago

    So incredibly beautiful!

  • TheLotusRoot

    TheLotusRoot said 10 years ago

    lovely :)

  • GracieDesigns

    GracieDesigns said 10 years ago

    Still my favorite PR designer, EVER!!! She is awesome.

  • theEmersonian

    theEmersonian said 10 years ago

    perfection! such a great inspiration, and beautiful talent. love the piece!

  • LeighsArt

    LeighsArt said 10 years ago


  • katrinaalana

    katrinaalana said 10 years ago

    Beautiful dresses! Congrats!

  • paperplanet

    paperplanet said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous collection, Leanne! Wishing you the very Best of Luck!:)

  • greenphilosophie

    greenphilosophie said 10 years ago

    ♥ ur designs verrry much...:)

  • AliceCloset

    AliceCloset said 10 years ago

    Amazing dresses!! A dream come true ^__^ Congrats!

  • squibbles76

    squibbles76 said 10 years ago

    yeah, i loved watching her work! it will be nice to be able to see this video to "catch up". going now...

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 10 years ago

    Fantastic dresses! Wow!

  • redemptionart

    redemptionart said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed this feature, her energy, designs and honesty about the need to be persistent and patient as you "climb the fashion ladder". Thank you!

  • DollFromTheAttic

    DollFromTheAttic said 10 years ago

    O New York Fashion I would love to go!! What a lucky indie designer!!

  • piggledee

    piggledee said 10 years ago

    What a great treat to see Leanne at work in her studio. Love the colors in her collection! I admired her on PR but never found out what happened to her afterwords. And she has an Etsy shop! I wish I could afford some of her beautiful creations (or have size 2 figure)...

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 10 years ago

    I was so glad when Leanne won PR. It's great to see her work again here. She has such a unique and recognizable style. I can't imagine why she isn't in the main tents at Fashion week.

  • FabricFascination

    FabricFascination said 10 years ago

    I was so happy when Leanne won PR. It is great to see her work again here. She has such a unique and recognizable style. I can't imagine why she is not in the main tents at Fashion Week.

  • BRadleyBB

    BRadleyBB said 10 years ago

    she's my fav!

  • cadreams

    cadreams said 10 years ago

    Beautiful!! Love the Willimena! Best of Luck to You!

  • Lifemintsweet

    Lifemintsweet said 10 years ago

    Love her work, but love her personal style even more! Her look inspires me to create another character :)

  • BRHDesigns

    BRHDesigns said 10 years ago

    Beautiful, feminine style! Lovely.

  • SavoyFaire

    SavoyFaire said 10 years ago

    Love to see you continue your dream and sending good wishes!

  • SalmeInterior

    SalmeInterior said 10 years ago

    Looooove her work!!

  • Littlewhiteboutique

    Littlewhiteboutique said 10 years ago

    Oh my - I love your work! Brilliant! I wish I had a little bit of "you" in me :) Best wishes!!!

  • RareDesign

    RareDesign said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

  • reiddamnit

    reiddamnit said 10 years ago

    so beautiful!

  • MyImaginationIsYours

    MyImaginationIsYours said 10 years ago

    Amazing! What an inspiration, love the whimsy feeling of your creations =)

  • claudine

    claudine said 10 years ago

    Oh, wow! Nice to see her and her work. I always wonder how many of the Project Runway designers keep going after the show. I wish they would do more updates on them.

  • salvagedspace

    salvagedspace said 10 years ago

    Beautiful video and collection! Amazing work! Megan - @salvagedspace

  • ikabags

    ikabags said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work. Congrats!

  • speaklouder

    speaklouder said 10 years ago


  • jackandjillwedding

    jackandjillwedding said 10 years ago

    Love the Marlowe wedding dress! Congrats and great work.

  • steinschmuckdesign

    steinschmuckdesign said 10 years ago

    A simple impressed, WOW!!!

  • turtlegirl00

    turtlegirl00 said 10 years ago

    wow! lovely creations--I love her manipulation of the fabric-unique yet wearable and feminine with structure--gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous!

  • crownring

    crownring said 10 years ago


  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 10 years ago

    One of my favourite Project Runway designers of all time! Love the Sofi dress, I'm sure your show will be a smash.

  • VogueVixens

    VogueVixens said 10 years ago

    oops I meant Sofi jumper, but those details would be great on a dress too.

  • TheScarfTree

    TheScarfTree said 10 years ago

    Wow! I can see a lot of hard work! All the best to you - thanks for sharing!

  • ElizabethMD

    ElizabethMD said 10 years ago

    Beautiful work. I think my fav part of that video was watching you work. I can definitely tell you love what you do!

  • NovemberRoseAtelier

    NovemberRoseAtelier said 10 years ago

    I love her designs! Always unique, flowy, romantic and still a bit of who she was on Project Runway! Just beautiful!

  • thisthatotherthings

    thisthatotherthings said 10 years ago

    I've been married twice and never wore a wedding dress either time. I think we should renew our vows next year and I can wear a beautiful dress like these. Great Work, I love them all.

  • Leanimal

    Leanimal said 10 years ago

    Thank you all so much for the beautiful comments and all the support these past few years. I LOVE being a part of the ETSY community. Thank you Beth and everyone at ETSY for this beautiful video. xo Leanne

  • Prettyfox09

    Prettyfox09 said 10 years ago

    Love the colors of Cassandra! So pretty!


    MyMEMENTO said 10 years ago

    Congratulation Leanne! Love your work and you are such an inspiration!!!! I wish you all the best and keep up with the good work!

  • LittleMissDressUp

    LittleMissDressUp said 10 years ago

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your designs. I hope to own one oneday. Kudos to you girlie!!

  • RaspberryMarket

    RaspberryMarket said 10 years ago

    Wow! Congratulations! Your work is exquisite!

  • PierogiPicnic

    PierogiPicnic said 10 years ago

    Poor thing sounds so exhausted...

  • VintageSouffle

    VintageSouffle said 10 years ago

    I just saw this video and it is truly inspirational. There is the dream and then there is living the dream. You certainly have decided to live your dream. They look (from this video) to be already in fruition. All the best to you. Don;t forget to balance you work/life.

  • CLWPottery

    CLWPottery said 10 years ago

    I really enjoyed getting to peek into your life. I wish you all the success in the world ! It is a joy to work at your passion isn't it?

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth said 10 years ago

    Congrats to you --- so exciting to watch the process unfold !

  • yellowfield7

    yellowfield7 said 10 years ago


  • JarosDesigns

    JarosDesigns said 10 years ago

    This is wonderful, thanks so much for sharing with us!

  • xZOUix

    xZOUix said 10 years ago

    nice dresses :)

  • SnowDayArtist

    SnowDayArtist said 10 years ago

    I love, Love, LOVE your work! Your dresses are so feminine, flowing, graceful, elegant, and lovely! You are an inspiration to us and your work is a joy to see! Thank you for pursuing your vision, and may you have a galaxy of luck and success!

  • veggietreehugger

    veggietreehugger said 10 years ago

    Incredible. Breathtaking. I hope I can be as skilled and creative as her one day.

  • rope

    rope said 10 years ago

    Love it! Go Leanne!!

  • SugarFlower

    SugarFlower said 10 years ago

    Congratulations on all your success!

  • HisBlessings

    HisBlessings said 10 years ago

    Gorgeous! Easy to see why you have been invited to the runway with your designs, your movement is amazing!!!

  • LeafLee

    LeafLee said 10 years ago

    Great Story!

  • treasurebooth

    treasurebooth said 10 years ago

    Keep up the beautiful work, Leanne! You were always a favorite of mine on the show :)

  • AlphabetCityStudio

    AlphabetCityStudio said 10 years ago

    Beautiful and inspirational! I love the Cassandra dress!

  • designsbyegs

    designsbyegs said 10 years ago

    You are a truly talented young person with a gift. The best to you, elizabeth

  • twaniahayesthompson

    twaniahayesthompson said 10 years ago

    I truly like your collection it's very nice. Need to fix the video, to much stop and go.

  • birdsongbows

    birdsongbows said 10 years ago

    Love your work, Leanne! Enjoyed watching you on Project Runway, too! :)

  • QueensofKings

    QueensofKings said 10 years ago

    You should enter Project Runway!

  • QueensofKings

    QueensofKings said 10 years ago

    Again! Great looks!

  • SigalFJewelry

    SigalFJewelry said 10 years ago


  • Evajune

    Evajune said 10 years ago

    I loved you on project runway. You were so humble and your work is beautiful. I'm glad to see you have entered the world of bridal.

  • mattanandrakwang

    mattanandrakwang said 9 years ago

    Nicely done and wishing you a great success!

  • jennymaynatural

    Jennifer Tracy from JennyMayNatural said 7 years ago

    i like it but my lap top we not play music

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