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Leanne Marshall’s Fall 2009 Fashion: Violet Structure

Feb 23, 2009

by Alison Feldmann handmade and vintage goods

Do you love fashion? So do I, friend!leanne_m.jpg

I’m addicted to Project Runway, Bravo’s smash hit TV show that slates aspiring designers against one another for the ultimate prize, showing at New York Fashion Week and developing their own line.

Etsy’s Leanimal, better known as Leanne Marshall, came away as Project Runway’s winner last season, and she has been voraciously pursuing her design career since.


Here’s Leanne’s seafoam and cream line that won Project Runway last year.


[Photo from Fashion Windows]

Vanessa and I attended Leanne’s Fall 2009 show during New York Fashion Week, and her line is (as expected!) sculptural, sophisticated and utterly wearable. Held in a small gallery space in Hell’s Kitchen, Leanne’s show was much more accessible and down to earth than similar events being held in Bryant Park. (“At the teeeents,” as Jerrell would say.)

We met Leanne and talked with her about Etsy, new projects and her recent move to Brooklyn. She said that she misses Etsy, but has been too busy working on her line to post new clothing to the site. (She mentioned that she hadn’t slept in weeks leading up to Fashion Week!) It was a pleasure to meet the sweet person behind the phenomenal clothing, and I have to admit that I was a little starstruck — it didn’t hurt that fellow contestants Jerrell, Stella and Suede were there as well!

Earlier in the evening we even got a peek at Christian Siriano’s Fall 2009 collection, thanks to Domestikate and her sweet brother (they work behind-the-scenes for Fashion Week).  It was a very Project Runway evening, and one I won’t soon forget.


More Fashion Posts | Read Leanne’s Interview and Guest Curator Post

Robins Egg dress
Robins Egg dress
Vintage Color Block Cocoon Coat
Vintage Color Block Cocoon Coat
Rococo Bastion Dress \/ your size
Rococo Bastion Dress \/ your size
Ruffle Dress
Ruffle Dress
Rare vintage 80s FENDI Black Leather Embossed Pumps
Rare vintage 80s FENDI Black Leather Embossed Pumps
Cream Melange Jersey Fringe Bandage skirt - size M
Cream Melange Jersey Fringe Bandage skirt - size M
60s vintage mod military cream cape with gold buttons
60s vintage mod military cream cape with gold buttons
long Vintage 1960s mustard yellow\/gold and grey\/gray Herringbone Cape with exquisite lining
long Vintage 1960s mustard yellow\/gold and grey\/gray Herringbone Cape with exquisite lining
Vintage 80s AVANT GARDE white BOHO dolman sleeve asymmetrical hem dress FABULOUS
Vintage 80s AVANT GARDE white BOHO dolman sleeve asymmetrical hem dress FABULOUS
RESERVED FOR TINKY - Winter White Luxe Coat/Jacket
RESERVED FOR TINKY - Winter White Luxe Coat/Jacket
reversible obi corset belts
reversible obi corset belts
new - ROSACE
new - ROSACE
Black geometric print baptiste dress
Black geometric print baptiste dress
Women's Oversized Pocket Vest (small,medium,large)
Women's Oversized Pocket Vest (small,medium,large)
eYe candy RESERVED
eYe candy RESERVED


  • NestaHome

    NestaHome said 7 years ago


  • laurebelle

    laurebelle said 7 years ago

    WOW!!! I had no idea we had such STAR POWER - I should have known since Etsy is so awesome! I too am a "Project Runway" addict - so glad to know a fellow crafter - I feel very proud of her - Thanks for the article!

  • ChocolateBeachFlower

    ChocolateBeachFlower said 7 years ago

    i love Leanne Marshall!! i'm also addicted to project runway...haha...

  • ChocolateBeachFlower

    ChocolateBeachFlower said 7 years ago

    by the way...she is so talented, congrats on her new collection!!

  • jessjamesjake

    jessjamesjake said 7 years ago

    this is a great article!! love all of your picks.

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 7 years ago

    I love fashion.... can't say I'm addicted to Project Runway..... but I'd love to have Tim Gunn for my boyfriend!!!!

  • SeaFindDesigns

    SeaFindDesigns said 7 years ago

    .... and those vintage 80s boots!!!

  • livefunky

    livefunky said 7 years ago

    I'm such a huge fan of Leanne's work. I was rooting for her from day one last season. Her collection is GORGEOUS! I love the royal purples... yum. Congrats to Leanne and thanks for sharing this with us, Etsy!

  • CatherineMarissa

    CatherineMarissa said 7 years ago

    I am officially jealous! Those pieces are incredible.

  • elizandaxel

    elizandaxel said 7 years ago

    I am so happy for Leanne! She is incredibly talented and has worked so hard to get where she is today; she truly deserves all the fame and recognition she is receiving for her work.

  • nitskreations

    nitskreations said 7 years ago

    wowwwwwwwww congratsssss!!!

  • nitskreations

    nitskreations said 7 years ago

    here is a hint of violet for you guys hee hee :)

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 7 years ago

    I LOVE Leanne!!!! What a great article.

  • vitamini

    vitamini said 7 years ago

    Ooh la la! Beautiful clothes!

  • voleurdebijoux

    voleurdebijoux said 7 years ago

    I love PR!!! Beautiful and so chic!! :)

  • thegratulatest

    thegratulatest said 7 years ago

    Now that is inspiring! Instead of quiting your dayjob for Etsy, its Etsy helping you to pursue your dayjob!

  • Faeriedtreasures

    Faeriedtreasures said 7 years ago

    oOOoh... Love it! That long purple gown is just stunning.

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 7 years ago

    Fabulous ~ Collection of pics and the Article!

  • TeenAngster Admin

    TeenAngster said 7 years ago

    The long black gown was my favorite!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    Those seafoam and cream dresses are amazing!

  • LaCometaLab

    LaCometaLab said 7 years ago

    Fabulous discovery!

  • shellieartist

    shellieartist said 7 years ago

    yay Leanne...I love seeing what all the past project runwayers are working on now!

  • 4TheSparrowsNest

    4TheSparrowsNest said 7 years ago

    Whoa! Such beautifully designed gowns...If only I could afford something like that and then had someplace to wear it. Congrats Leanne!

  • desirapesta

    desirapesta said 7 years ago


  • jeweledblossoms

    jeweledblossoms said 7 years ago

    I just loved her teal/cream line. Much luck to her in her future in fashion!

  • tangente

    tangente said 7 years ago

    So awesome and inspiring !!!

  • FlanneryCrane

    FlanneryCrane said 7 years ago

    Thanks for sharing this story...I love PR and she was one of my favorites on the show! Beautiful selections, too!

  • sewgracious

    sewgracious said 7 years ago

    It's a beautiful collection and reflects the style she showed on Project Runway!

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

    Oh It is so nice to get a little update on Leanne, I miss her on Etsy It is so nice to know that such a sweet person can really make it!

  • missyarpington

    missyarpington said 7 years ago

    It's so inspiring to see wonderful Etsy artists going far in the world of art and design! Gorgeous work, Leanne! Great story, Alison!

  • capitolagirl

    capitolagirl said 7 years ago

    My god...that purple gown is gorgeous. So is the black...I love the sculptural elements :)

  • 1ofmykind

    1ofmykind said 7 years ago

    Stunningly beautiful collection! I am ever SO jealous you got to experience Leanne's work first hand. I bet it even smelled good...hmmmmmmmmm

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 7 years ago

    I loved Leanne clothes. It's good to know that she is still making amazing stuff. Awwww....she is so talented.

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 7 years ago

    That short purple dress is amazing.

  • FancifulForm

    FancifulForm said 7 years ago

    Ooo ooo pretty clothes!! *jumps up and down*

  • EpicBones

    EpicBones said 7 years ago

    I love Leanne!!!!! And man, I wish jamesrowlandshop's vintage shoes fit me :(

  • littlepancakes

    littlepancakes said 7 years ago

    I was just rewatching that season the other day.. love it.

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 7 years ago

    Wow, lovely photos and article! Thank you :)

  • odiliafu

    odiliafu said 7 years ago

    Leanne is so talented!! Her clothes are chic. Love them all!

  • LittleLovables

    LittleLovables said 7 years ago

    she is so wonderful, I can't wait to see what happens to her career!

  • CwButcher

    CwButcher said 7 years ago

    i'm in love with the robins egg dress what a cutie

  • CwButcher

    CwButcher said 7 years ago

    ruffle dress is very nice!

  • zombuki

    zombuki said 7 years ago

    I love that show :3 The model in the last photo looks super unhappy!

  • JulieMeyer

    JulieMeyer said 7 years ago

    I too was rooting for Leanne on PW - I hope that show comes back soon!

  • sohh

    sohh said 7 years ago

    I absolutely heart the purple short dress it reminds me of my prom day. what a wonderful memory and Robins Egg dress?! the color and the shape is just amazing-!

  • HelloVictory

    HelloVictory said 7 years ago

    Sweet stuff! I love Leanne's short purple dress the best. She rocks!

  • strozzistawzeeh

    strozzistawzeeh said 7 years ago

    Bow down to the highest level!!!

  • heidiandseek

    heidiandseek said 7 years ago

    I absolutely adore the long black one shoulder dress. Love!

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 7 years ago

    Great show and Leanne is my favorite. I'm so happy for her.

  • littleredbear

    littleredbear said 7 years ago

    absolutely gorgeous!!!!

  • jensingh

    jensingh said 7 years ago

    Wow, after watching the Oscar's last night, these dresses would totally make the red carpet!

  • jkldesign

    jkldesign said 7 years ago

    I just adore her work!!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    She's one talented young lady~ thanks for sharing this article with us~ Congrats to leanne and wish her continued success following her dreams, may they all come true.

  • alisastar

    alisastar said 7 years ago

    The seafoam dress in the 3rd picture is stunning

  • iheartnorwegianwood

    iheartnorwegianwood said 7 years ago

    I want to print out this article and slap people in the face with it when they say "oh, Etsy is only one style of clothing" WRONG people, Etsy is EVERY style of clothing!

  • elleabelle

    elleabelle said 7 years ago

    I am so lucky that I was able to buy 2 of her dresses while she was still here on etsy! I wish her the best of luck in the future...I am sure I won't be able to afford her clothing in the I will treasure my dresses forever! I am SO jealous that you got to meet her!!

  • TheBirthofVenus

    TheBirthofVenus said 7 years ago

    Rich! Always knew she had it. The colors are lush and fun. The cuts and design are true whimsy. Love it. The royal purples are just a dream.

  • dustyrosevintage

    dustyrosevintage said 7 years ago

    Such an inspirational Etsy story! I love that Leanne's clothes so conceptual and yet still so totally wearable. Can't wait to see who Etsy's next fashion star is!

  • sarahseven

    sarahseven said 7 years ago

    Yay!! She is so great!! I am so excited to be using purple for my fall line!!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 7 years ago

    Awesome! Loving the deep purples and gold!

  • retrothreadz

    retrothreadz said 7 years ago

    Gorgeous Gorgeous Gorgeous Project runway is the hit

  • seedknits

    seedknits said 7 years ago

    great vintage!

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 7 years ago

    Stunning! I love the strapless purple dress!

  • betsyandiya

    betsyandiya said 7 years ago

    YES!! I *love* the short purple wave type dress (how the h does one describe these pieces???) such AWESOME colors, so structural, yet feminine. love love love.

  • taylorseclectic

    taylorseclectic said 7 years ago

    I love her work! Her structures and concepts are so well executed. I want the purple dress!

  • f2images

    f2images said 7 years ago

    What a thrill that must have been?!! I'm a big fan of Project Runway, and loved Leanne this past year, and Christian before. Can't wait for the new season!!

  • MetalheartDesign

    MetalheartDesign said 7 years ago

    i adore her style! great etsy picks to go with the article, too.

  • BranchandBirdie

    BranchandBirdie said 7 years ago

    I'm a huge fan! Leanne's work is so beautifully structured, and her color palates are fantastic! Cheers to Leanne! Cheers to Portland, OR!

  • LittleAesthetics

    LittleAesthetics said 7 years ago

    mmmm, love a sculptural angle (ha ha)in clothing. I hardly watch any tv but Project Runway was sacred viewing!

  • InfiniteCosmosGirl

    InfiniteCosmosGirl said 7 years ago

    oh how awesome!! I love Leanne not only because she's down to earth, totally seems like someone I would want to hang out with and get to know and an etsy seller but also because she's from Portland (I'm in Eugene)!! Yeah Northwest!

  • AmandaYuDesign

    AmandaYuDesign said 7 years ago

    Cool, love this story and love Leanne Marshall's work. she is fantastic!

  • haannh

    haannh said 7 years ago

    sooooo pretty!

  • talkproof

    talkproof said 7 years ago

    Her work is amazing, I hearted her shop awhile ago and had no idea she'd won Project Runway! Congrats to her :))

  • lovejujube

    lovejujube said 7 years ago

    Just love the Robins egg dress!

  • Lunatiger

    Lunatiger said 7 years ago

    That's sooooo awesome I never knew that! Stories like these always gets my motivation going! ^_^

  • Lirola

    Lirola said 7 years ago

    Lean is AMAZING. I just love her!

  • NovemberRoseAtelier

    NovemberRoseAtelier said 7 years ago

    rose la biche - love your designs!

  • BluCille

    BluCille said 7 years ago

    Fashion is so dynamic.

  • paperelle

    paperelle said 7 years ago

    The violet gown is great, she's such a deserving PR winner. I hope the new season gets through the legal blocks soon!

  • belleslettres

    belleslettres said 7 years ago

    yes, please. i'd like all of them.


    DAINTYCROCHETBYALY said 7 years ago

    Wow How chic!! congrats leann we need more front pages with fashion!! nice collections :-)

  • EarthBabyDesigns

    EarthBabyDesigns said 7 years ago

    I freaking love Project Runway and Leanne! Her collection is fantastic. and so is that robins egg dress by SarahSeven!


    TIENZ said 7 years ago

    LOL! The season is still running in Holland and now I know who won! Couldn't there be a spoileralert?! :D The dresses look amazing nonetheless!

  • nat1489

    nat1489 said 7 years ago

    I LOVE LEANNE's WORK!!! Very awesome!

  • KalliopeJewelry

    KalliopeJewelry said 7 years ago

    ooooo yes, *swoon*!

  • LaireMarie

    LaireMarie said 7 years ago

    Love Leanne! She was my favorite on Project Runway last season. Her work is absolutely GORGEOUS!!!

  • DearGoldenVintage

    DearGoldenVintage said 7 years ago

    Adore Leanne's clothes TO THE MAX! Every seam! And thanks for including my little vintage Fendi shoes here! :)

  • SASessories

    SASessories said 7 years ago

    great stuff! can't wait for next season!!!

  • nichan

    nichan said 7 years ago

    i like the blue ocean color...and how you play with the pleats (^.^)...lovely...

  • good4you

    good4you said 7 years ago


  • shopgoldmine

    shopgoldmine said 7 years ago

    gorgeous stuff! this makes me excited about the future of fashion!! total 80's throwback, too--long live vintage!


    AISHAX said 7 years ago

    loving the designs, very 80s indeed! if only there was a project runway in australia.

  • kasiablue

    kasiablue said 7 years ago

    Oh so in love...I'm addicted to the show too. Leanne had the best designs, I'm glad that she won.

  • BROOKLYNrehab

    BROOKLYNrehab said 7 years ago

    great post. almost no room to comment! so jealous you went to the show. yay more reasons to love Brooklyn. we have Leanne!

  • CRBoggsDesigns

    CRBoggsDesigns said 7 years ago

    Oh, I love Leanne...she was my favorite from the start, not to mention she's an Oregonian..YEH..Wonderful Post. thanks for the great info...

  • wearaddiction

    wearaddiction said 7 years ago

    I loved all Leanimal creations during Project Runaway. I love the way she mixes organic froms with architecture and romantic sense, creating wearable and up to date pieces.

  • threepeats

    threepeats said 7 years ago

    Love Project Runway and all these etsy items!

  • Down2EarthPrincess

    Down2EarthPrincess said 7 years ago

    Love her stuff! Where can we buy??? Wonder if she's coming out with a line of dresses/clothing off her spring runway show??? An affordable option? I want some!

  • ciaraobscura

    ciaraobscura said 7 years ago

    Stunning... every last one of these beauties are extraordinary.

  • javierlatino

    javierlatino said 7 years ago

    me encanto tu propuesta muy CHIC!Saludos desde Argentina

  • indigoflameworks

    indigoflameworks said 7 years ago

    Fabulous!! I'm inspired to create many pieces in deep violets and purples this season. Yummy!! Loved Leanne on PR -- never knew she was an Etsy artist!!

  • makemesmile

    makemesmile said 7 years ago

    That long black evening gown is gorgeous!

  • AWEshop

    AWEshop said 7 years ago

    Wow! I didn't realize Leanne had listings on Etsy! How cool is that. I'm totally addicted to Project Runway and I love, love, love her stuff.

  • soap

    soap said 7 years ago

    i saw her collection a few days ago when i went to her store to see if i could find a wedding dress for my friend. pity she doesn't have anything available, anywhere. kudos and best of luck to her!

  • ShineAndSparkle

    ShineAndSparkle said 7 years ago

    Wow. Gorgeous designs!

  • lizarietz

    lizarietz said 7 years ago

    yea leanne! portland misses you. thanks for you showcasing my "ruffle" dress! -liza rietz

  • SparklePaw

    SparklePaw said 7 years ago

    oh, lovely!!!

  • hanginmoon

    hanginmoon said 7 years ago


  • sandisparkles

    sandisparkles said 7 years ago

    I love Project Runway too -- I knew LeAnne would win! The clothing is elegant and stylish without being extremely weird. I wish the very best to you Leanne, I know you will be very successful.


    DAINTYCROCHETBYALY said 7 years ago

    I am a fan too congrats to Leann!! :-)

  • AandOgarcia

    AandOgarcia said 7 years ago

    All amazing

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