- Laura Bennett
Project Runway contestant
Mychael Knight, Uli Herzner, Jeffrey Sebelia, Laura Bennettfrom 2006 Project Runway S3
birthdate = Birth date and age|1963|08|02
University of Houston Columbia University
season = Season 3
el_challenge = Runway show
finish = 3rd
Laura Eugenia Bennett (born
August 2, 1963in New Orleans, Louisiana) is an American architectand fashion designerand one of the four finalists on Bravo's July 2006's Project Runway (season 3).
Bennett received her
undergraduate degreein architecturefrom the University of Houstonand a graduate degree in the same field from Columbia Universityin New York City.
Mid-season in "Project Runway" she revealed that she was pregnant with her sixth child. She has one daughter Cleo (born 1988), from her first marriage. She has five sons Peik (born 1996), Truman (born 1999), Pierson (born 2002), Larson (born 2003), and Finn (born 1 Dec 2006) with her current husband, architect
Peter L. Shelton[http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2356810/bio Laura Bennet Bio] .
She works part-time at his design firm, Shelton, Mindel & Associates, best known for its design of the
Polo Ralph Laurenheadquarters in New York City [cite web | title = BIOS / Laura Bennett | url=http://www.bravotv.com/Project_Runway/season/3/bio/Laura_Bennett/ | publisher = bravotv.com] .
Her designs for "Project Runway" tended to be mostly conservative evening wear, and on more than one occasion the judges expressed their concerns that she was aiming strictly for an older market, although she did win one of the weekly challenges. She was also known for completing her garments in short amounts of time.
Tim Gunnhas joked on her speed often in his podcasts.
In the next-to-last episode, while preparing for
Olympus Fashion Week, she accused fellow finalist Jeffrey Sebeliaof hiring outside help to complete his line (which Michael and Uli had also raised concerns about). After an investigation by Bravo producers, no substantial proof was found for Bennett's claim and Sebelia continued in the competition. Bennett ultimately was the second runner-up; Sebelia was the winner.
In February 2008, she debuted her LBD collection on QVC citeweb|url=http://www.tvguide.com/news/080723-01|title=TV Guide, Where Are They Now?] .
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