When most little girls were playing with dolls, Leanne Marshall was playing with her sketchbook, colored pencils and spare bits of fabric. In no time at all, with the help of a local seamstress, she began bringing her sketches to life. By age 12, her designs came to life as costumes for her ballet and dance performances. Her natural gift for sketching and design, combined with the thrill she felt at creating costumes for performance, inspired her to pursue a career as a fashion designer.
At age 18, Leanne won the Levi's Dockers Scholarship and was awarded a year of free tuition at The Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in San Francisco. She graduated with the dream of starting her own fashion line, so she returned to her hometown and supported herself as a graphic designer as she worked toward that goal. In 2006, Leanne relocated to Portland, Oregon where she worked full-time as a graphic designer. In all of her spare moments, she developed and launched her first line (previously named Leanimal). After a year and a half of hard work developing the line, Leanne's popularity grew and so did her sales. In mid 2007, she was able to leave her money job behind and make the leap into designing her own label full-time.
In 2008, what would become a career defining year, Leanne was selected as a contestant for Season 5 of Project Runway. With an unwavering determination, she made it all the way to the finale where she showed her, now famous, wave inspired collection in shades of turquoise, ivory and sand. The judges, and audiences worldwide, were captivated by her final collection and Leanne was crowned the winner.
Fresh after her Project Runway win, Leanne relocated to New York City where she continued to develop her line. Her collections have shown at New York Fashion Week and fashion weeks around the globe every year since 2008. Leanne has designed clothing for celebrities, television, editorial and her favorite client, the real woman. Her work has been seen on Carrie Underwood, Julienne Hough, Mena Suvari, Andi MacDowell, Paula Abdul, Jane Fonda and many others. Her dresses and gowns have graced the pages of Martha Stewart Weddings, US Weekly, The Post, TV Guide, The New York Times, People, Elle, LIFE, National Geographic, Lucky and countless others. She is proud to have designed a line of high fashion patterns for Simplicity Pattern Company.
Leanne's sophisticated designs are known for their light, flowing lines, feminine details and timeless elegance. Each dress is handcrafted in the USA using only the highest quality materials. The Leanne Marshall Brand is a staple for the woman who wants a dress that will showcase, not overshadow, her beauty. Attention to high quality standards, proper flattering fits and silhouettes, and her unique ethereal approach have made Leanne a go-to for the modern woman. Her bridal collection is carried in over 40 boutiques internationally and online. Her ready to wear is available online.
With touches of classic and modern, sophistication and youth, Leanne Marshall has captures an effortless grace and timeless elegance in her collections.