Colorado native Fallene Wells first got a taste of design when her sister took up interior design for college. At the age of 11, she realized that she wanted to take up fashion design and went on from there. She did, however, work as a receptionist, administrative assistant, and logistics department employee before she took up a job as hairstylist at Voila Salon Spa and Parfumerie. This self-taught designer released her first collection in 2007, later winning competitions from Mastermind with Westword to a Vitaminwater fashion competition. She soon found herself auditioning for Project Runway and became a contestant in season 9 as one of 20 designers hoping to make it big in the industry.