Justin LeBlanc is an Associate Professor of Fashion Studies at Columbia College Chicago where he teaches fashion design and installation. LeBlanc’s interdisciplinary career spans fashion, textile art, architecture, and technology. LeBlanc aims to push education forward by combining the strengths of emerging technology like 3D printing with the traditions of the hand. His work focuses on knowledge passed down through artists and cultures from which our understandings are based. This knowledge and experience in multiple disciplines allows him to exploit and fuse different approaches, resulting in artistic expression that cannot be conveyed by one discipline alone. LeBlanc has been featured in a number of publications, fashion shows, and television in the United States and internationally. These include Mercedes New York Fashion Week, Marie Claire, Red Eye, The Chicago Tribune, the New York Times, USA Today, and The Face Magazine. He has competed on Project Runway and Project Runway All Stars. LeBlanc’s Undergraduate degree is in Architecture from North Carolina State University, and his Master’s Degree is in Fashion Design from School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Creative Practice and Research Interests
Experimental Patternmaking and Design, Technology and Fashion Design, Fashion Installation and Production
B.A., Architecture North Carolina State University 2008
M.A., Fashion School of the Art Institute of Chicago 2012