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.