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April Johnston


Beginning: Designed her high school prom dress
Sold at: Bleubelle Boutique in Savannah, GA
Shows: Presented “She’s Madness” collection (pictured) in SCAD’s annual fashion show (May 2010) & Project Runway Spring 2011 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (September 2010)

Beauty emerges from “the darkest of places and ideas,” says 22-year-old April Johnston. “Most of my visions for my collections come from my nightmares,” she explains of her Mangled Courtesan line. However, for her “Moth” collection, the 2010 Savannah College of Art and Design graduate took inspiration from the light. By layering sheer fabrics and playing with silhouettes to create a soft and airy feeling, Johnston transforms the idea of the winged creature being drawn towards the light, instead exploring how “light and the viewer can be attracted to the moth.” One of the top five designers from Project Runway’s season eight, Johnston previously worked under designer Zac Posen and, last year, showed at Lincoln Center during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.