Lesniak made a fantastic comeback on the show and won a coveted spot in the finals, getting the chance to showcase 12 of her designs during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City.
She joins three other Portland-area designers who have won the design competition. (More than New York or Los Angeles).
"Portlandians are really ok about being themselves," an excited Lesniak told KGW Thursday evening at a viewing party at the Baghdad Theater. "We don't follow trends, we start trends!"
We first met Lesniak a few months ago, shortly after Season 11 of Project Runway started. When KGW interviewed her, Lesniak kept a very good poker face, never once hinting at the fact, that she made it to the finals or that she had won.
She did reveal one secret to KGW last February.
“When there's a big, huge, multi-million dollar contract hanging over your head and you have $14 in the bank account, that confidentially really keeps you, mum,” the 34-year old said with a smile.
Win or lose, Lesniak’s popularity on the show has already boosted her business. She can’t keep her product on local store shelves. It’s something the designer is very excited about.