Using plastic mesh fencing and zip-ties salvaged from a construction site, LeBlanc easily won the challenge in last night’s episode. His creation was a fitted, strapless white dress with black accents on the bodice (those were the black twist-ties) that looked like feathers.
The designers were challenged to use construction materials — tarps, bungee cords, fencing, whatever they could find —and design a feminine look. LeBlanc, a professor at the College of Design and an alumnus of the college, got the ultimate compliment in the workroom when one of his competitors said, “Justin is a genius.” Another contestant watching his work said, “I really wish I’d thought of that.”
It wasn’t easy.
“I can’t even feel my fingers,” he said after finishing the garment, which involved working by hand with dozens (or hundreds?) of plastic ties. “That must mean something.”
LeBlanc advanced to the finals of last season’s Project Runway — but never won an individual challenge.
“It’s about time,” he said on the show. On Twitter, he was, well, a little more effusive: “YAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!! Zillion episodes of project runway later…. A win!”
With two designers eliminated, LeBlanc is one of 12 designers left to compete. The show airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. EST on Lifetime.
—Sylvia Adcock ’81