Lord & Taylor Announces Exclusive Dress Launch from Episode 9 Challenge Winner Michelle Franklin

Friday, March 22, 2013

Last night on Project Runway, Lord & Taylor hosted the show's ninth episode challenge. Michelle Franklin was announced as the winner and, as part of her prize, Lord & Taylor will produce her winning dress design to be sold exclusively at select stores, including its Fifth Avenue flagship, and on LordandTaylor.com.

The dress officially launches in stores today and retails for $259. In addition, Franklin will make a personal appearance at Lord & Taylor's Fifth Avenue store today from 12:30-2PM to meet with customers and sign sketches of her winning design.

Michelle’s passion has always been to create. From as early as high school, Michelle bought used clothing in bulk to reconstruct into garments that fit her style. With no formal fashion training, Michelle has designed and created garments for every major event in her life, from her prom dress to her wedding dress. After a long career in the Oregon wine industry, Michelle decided to follow her lifelong passion and pursue fashion full time. Since then, she has formed her own clothing line, Au Clothing, and has shown her designs at Portland Fashion Week. Michelle’s design aesthetic is geek chic for smart women, and she is not wavered by trends.
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