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Leanne Marshall Biography

Leanne Marshall

FIDM was thrilled to announce that FIDM Alumna Leanne Marshall won First Place in last year’s Project Runway!* A recipient of FIDM’s Designer of Tomorrow Scholarship Award, Leanne graduated from the San Francisco Campus in 2001. Though the season’s competition was fierce, Leanne showed the highest degree of professionalism, technical skill, and innate talent.

Recently, Marshall debuted an exclusive eco-chic line for Bluefly. The capsule collection featured a stunning strapless dress in royal blue silk, bamboo jersey tops with ribbon detail, and pleated tanks that were perfect for summer.

Additionally, she was featured in a wonderful article in the February issue of Elle in which she candidly discussed her TV time and other pertinent matters. The story even mentioned her alma mater!

“Without a doubt it’s been the most amazing experience,” said Leanne. “I would do it again in a heartbeat.”

Next up Leanne is set to start her new label with a little help from her Project Runway winnings, $100,000 seed money from Tresemmé!

*The list of former Project Runway winners and contestants have included FIDM Instructor and Grad Nick Verreos and FIDM Grads Kelli Martin, Santino Rice, Daniel Franco, and Guadalupe Vidal.

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Kevan Hall Biography

Kevan Hall

FIDM’s Designer of Tomorrow (DOT) Winner Heads World-Famous Fashion Brand

Winning FIDM’s Designer of Tomorrow Scholarship Competition was merely his first step in a long line of fashion awards, public recognitions, and international acclaim. Hall’s early success was a prelude to a professional life as one of the nation’s most gifted haute couture women’s wear designers.

In 1982, Hall, with his wife and business partner, Deborah, launched Kevan Hall Couture. He created “Modern Couture” day-to-evening collections that pleased retailers and clients alike. His line was showcased in fine department and specialty stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, and I Magnin. Seven years later he created a new label of less expensive sportswear, Kevan Hall Studio.

In February 1997, New York’s 7th Avenue called upon him to redefine one of its most famous fashion houses…Halston. Hall left his home in California to assume the position of Designer for the Halston Signature Collection, where he played an integral part in the relaunching of the world-famous brand.


Hall’s early success was a prelude to a professional life as one of the nation’s most gifted haute couture women’s wear designers.


As his fame became more widespread, he was sought out by such celebrities as Meg Ryan, Lynn Whitfield, Dana Delaney, and Natalie Cole. From this, he continued his star-studded rise and was hired as the Costume Consultant on 1997’s Gridlock and Eve’s Bayou (the most successful independent film of the year). By the Fall of 1998, he had stepped into the prestigious position of Design and Creative Director of Halston.

His fashion design philosophy emphasizes purity of style, incomparable tailoring, and sensuously draped streamlined silhouettes. Early in his professional life Kevan Hall was named FIDM’s “Designer of Tomorrow.” Today he’s expanded that title and is ubiquitously recognized as the world’s “Designer of Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow.” His sleek eveningwear has continued to be embraced by a distinguished coterie of celebrated artists. This clientele includes such names as Celine Dion, Lauren Holly, Christine Lahti, Charlize Theron, Mariah Carey, Patti LaBelle, Minnie Driver, Diane Lane, and Bonnie Hunt.

FIDM’s 2011 National Scholarship Competition

Six one-year scholarships to attend FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising.

Scholarship deadline is April 30th, 2011.

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