Justin LeBlanc is a professor and fashion designer. He's an Assistant Professor in the Art + Design Department in NC State’s College of Design where he teaches fiber studio, gorilla fibers, pattern making, industry and fashion, and shoe making.
His designs have been featured at fashion shows and museum installations throughout the United States, and he is recognized for his use of unconventional materials, particularly 3-D printed materials, in his fashions.
Justin was a contestant on Project Runway All Stars Season 4 and a Finalist on the Lifetime television production Project Runway, Season 12. His fashion designs earned him a showing at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York in August 2013 where he was the first designer to incorporate 3D printing into his designs, and his most recent fashion collection, entitled “Journey,” was created using North Carolina’s abundant design and textile resources.
Justin was born deaf and his journey from a silent world to one of sound through artificial means transcends his art, as well as, his outlook on life.