Michelle LesniakLabel: Independent
Michelle Lesniak, Project Runway’s Season 11 winner is known for her strong aesthetic and quick wit. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, Lesniak is very much influenced by the moody nature of the Pacific Northwest, taking inspiration from her personal life as well as the layering necessity of Oregon’s inclement weather.
Using narrative to design each collection, it is important for Lesniak that a story in fashion walks down the runway. Each design is an extension of emotion, designed for the woman that is neither faint-of-heart nor faint-to-roar.
Michelle was trained at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in printmaking, but couldn’t keep her hands off of textiles. Self-taught in both garment design and leather working, she currently works out of her namesake studio Michelle Lesniak in her native hometown.