At this year’s Champions Gala, Keynote Speaker and Designer Justin LeBlanc has donated one of his 3D printed necklaces to be raffled off, his “I Love You” Totes to be auctioned off and will be displaying two of his dresses during the Silent Auction on Saturday. Learn more about these items below and learn more on how to win the necklace and totes here.
JUSTIN LEBLANC 3D PRINTED NECKLACES
This gorgeous 3D printed tri necklace was shown in Justin’s Fall/Winter 2015/16 “Journey” Collection. The necklace consists of 3D printed gemstone-inspired cuts in various shapes. Timeless yet modern.
All 3D printed designs begin with a virtual design of the item. That virtual design is then translated into a computerized model design. Once finalized, the computerized model is transmitted to a specialized 3D printer, which ejects melted material in thin layers that harden as the layer is exposed to air. The printer continuously ejects material layer by layer according to the design, ultimately creating the object envisioned by the computerized model. Some pieces can take hours to be completed using this process. But the result is a unique, continuous design, without the use of connectors or pre-fabricated molds.
Justin LeBlanc’s line of 3D printed necklaces was inspired by the unique forms of rare gems. It captures the beautiful structure of a gem and translates it into individual 3D pieces that mimic the gem’s form. Justin then links the 3D pieces, resulting in a modern, timeless, piece of jewelry. To learn more about how to get a raffle ticket for this great item, click here.
Justin LeBlanc’s “I Love You” Tote
Justin has also graciously donated his “I Love You” Totes to the Silent Auction this year. This tote was inspired by the first tote designed by Justin LeBlanc to celebrate a glorious Project Runway Season 12 experience! The design represents the American Sign Language (ASL) sign for “I Love You.” The tote’s design was inspired by Justin LeBlanc’s custom fabric print design during the Project Runway Season12 HP Intel Textile Design Challenge, Episode 11.
Grey tote with crisp white screen-print design
25” Extra Durable Shoulder Tote
Tote Measures 18” W X 14.5” H X 3”D
Sturdily Hand-manufactured in New Hampshire, MADE IN USA
Post Consumer Recycled Cotton
On Display during our Silent Auction on Saturday Sept 26th from 1:30-3:00pm
Justin LeBlanc’s Zip-Tie Dress from Project Runway All Stars
This is the actual dress created by Justin LeBlanc during Project Runway All Stars Season 4. Justin won this runway challenge, competing against 13 other designers!
During this episode of Project Runway the designers were dropped in the middle of a construction site. They were told to scavenge for construction materials — tarps, bungee cords, fencing, nails, wood —and design a feminine look. The designers returned to the workroom with their treasures and were given just hours to create their looks.
In creating this dress, Justin used plastic mesh fencing and zip-ties salvaged from a construction site. Fabio Costa, one of the other designers, declared “Justin is a genius.” “This shows what a smart designer you are,” said All Stars host Alyssa Milano.
Justin LeBlanc’s Zip Tie Gown
Inspired by his innovative use of zip-ties during the All Stars competition, Justin created this gown, the centerpiece of his Fall/Winter 15/16 Collection. It took LeBlanc about 80 hours to affix 17,000 zip-ties to mesh fabric. Before he attached them to the mesh fabric, he dyed the purple zip-ties himself to get the precise shade he wanted.
This garment was worn to the 2015 Tony Awards by WRAL’s “Out and About” editor Kathy Hanrahan.