Merline Labissiere from "Project Runway 2015" is one of the contestants in Season 14 of the Lifetime reality fashion design competition series. She is a 32-year-old designer from Savannah, Georgia. She was raised though in Miami, Florida.

Merline Labissiere has degrees in both fashion design and architecture. She can look at a building and get inspiration about how it might look like or influence as a garment. Merline is also heavily influenced by her family's Haitian culture, gravitating towards bright colors as seen through the culture. Merline is proud of her heritage and loves to combine Haitian-inspired bold colors and pattern with American-influenced structure in her work.

Why she'll win? Merline has a fresh, new approach and perspective to fashion. She welcomes feedback, recognizing how beneficial it can be. She loves a challenge and knows that this experience will draw out her true potential.

Merline's favorite designers are Gareth Pugh, Iris van Herpen, Theirry Mugler, and Mugatu from "Zoolander." Merline's style icon is Lucinda Chambers, while her favorite past "Project Runway" designers are Dmitry Sholokhov and Jeffrey Sebelia.

Here is an interview with Merline:

When did you realize you had designer potential?

During my junior year of high school, I made my first Haitian flag outfit. After that, I created garments and realized that I had potential as a designer. This was something I loved to do, but I did not know if it would be my life. My mom encouraged me to pursue other endeavors because it is hard to make money as a fashion designer, so I majored in architecture. All through that time, I still had a passion and hunger for design, but refused to pursue it because I did not know if I could make it. During my sophomore year at SCAD, I realized I had a huge passion for fashion design. It was incredibly difficult to tell my mom that I was switching majors, but I wanted to follow my heart — and it was leading me into the world of fashion design.

Strengths as a designer? 

One of my strengths is that I can be very conceptual. I tend to think outside the box, both with designs and the colors I use. Architectural elements come out in the way I design patterns. Patterns have much in common with floor plans in my mind.

Weaknesses as a designer?

I am not as good at time management as I should be. I can have big ideas, but finishing those ideas on schedule can be a challenge. I also have room to improve in allowing my architectural influences to work and flow with the human body.

Biggest fear as a designer?

Dying broke.

How did you end up auditioning for "Project Runway"? 

I've never auditioned for "Project Runway" before, although it has crossed my mind several times. I was prompted to apply last minute so I figured I'd give it a shot.

Challenge you wish they'd bring back?

I love the unconventional, avant-garde androgyny and avant-garde challenges.

Challenge you hope they don't?

Designer's best friend.

What's your take on team challenges?

I love them because I feel that they give me a different perspective. Collaborating with someone pushes me as a designer to see things from a different and new perspective. It raises the potential of the final product. The other side is that teamwork requires compromise, and that can be tough.

Do you think you can win "Project Runway"?

Heck yes! I bring a fresh, new approach and perspective. I welcome feedback. It hurts, but I recognize how beneficial it can be for me. I love a challenge and feel that I have not come close to reaching my potential, but feel that this show will bring out the best in me! Every project I have created in the past has led me to this very moment in my life. I plan on winning and am excited about the journey!




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FACTS

Where does she live? Find out here.

Age: ∼34 years old
Current Residence: Savannah, GA




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