Michelle Lesniak Franklin



Michelle Lesniak Franklin is a designer from Portland who won Project Runway season 11. She first took interest in the world of fashion during high school when she reconstructed vintage clothing to fit her needs and quirkiness. She then studied printmaking/fine art in college as well as pattern making and draping at her her local community college.

Aside from designing clothes, she also works part-time at a local design boutique called Garnish Apparel. Prior to joining Project Runway, she served the Oregon wine industry for 10 years, working as a tasting room manager, assistant winemaker, enologist, wine educator and grape taster. In 2014, she joined the cast of Project Runway: All Stars Season 4. She was eliminated right before the season finale.



Fun Facts

Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, McQueen, Derek Lam are some of her favorite designers.


Project Runway: All Stars, season 4


"I will never regret what I wear. My clothing makes a statement of my mood and vigor at that moment in time, which I will never regret."

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