Project Justin: LeBlanc constructs his first win on Project Runway

November 7, 2014
By Sylvia Adcock

NC State’s Justin LeBlanc knocked the judges’ socks off on Project Runway All Stars Thursday night.

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.”

Project-Runway-All-Stars-Look-06When it was runway time, the judges were in agreement that LeBlanc’s design should get the top spot. “This shows what a smart designer you are,” said host Alyssa Milano.

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

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