Miami native and proud Haitian-American, fashion designer Merline Labissiere, has made the top five designers remaining on the popular fashion design contest show, “Project Runway,” among 16 contestants.
So far, Labissiere won the lingerie challenge in Episode 6, as well as earn top three spots by the judges for four of her designs. And though she may have slipped on a few of the challenges, that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a fan favorite, thanks to her use of intricate shapes and bold silhouettes.
The 32-year old design fell in love with fashion after making her First Haitian flag outfit in junior high. She went on to study architecture at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), which has often inspired several of her sculptural designer pieces on the show. Now based in Savannah, Georgia, Labissiere now owns several of her own clothing lines, including Labissiere, Underscore and The Maroons She is also the founder of Provokestyle Fashion Camp, a program that seeks to empower inner city youth through fashion design.