Wilton native up for stint as designer on ‘Project Runway’

Miranda Levy, formerly of Wilton, will be one of the designers on “Project Runway” this season. (Contributed photo)

Royall High School graduate and Wilton native Miranda Levy will be one of 15 designers on this season’s “Project Runway,” a Lifetime series.

On the New York-based show, contestants compete with each other to create the best clothes and are restricted in time, materials and theme. Their designs are judged, and one or more designers are eliminated each week.

Holding a degree in fine arts from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, 29-year-old Levy describes herself as a self-taught designer on her “Project Runway” page (www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway/season-12/designers/miranda-levy).

She also notes that it was her third time both for “Project Runway” tryouts and the show’s initial interview process.

A onetime Army mechanic, Levy is the gallery curator of Milwaukee’s Tenth Street Gallery and teaches at the Art Institute of Wisconsin.

She is the daughter of Michael Levy of Wilton and Kathy Huff of Ohio.

Both of Levy’s younger brothers, Dustin and Chris, graduated from Brookwood High School. Dustin was killed in a car accident a few months after his 2010 graduation.

Levy writes about her brother Dustin, “Losing him has been one of the hardest experiences of my life. He was my biggest fan, but would tease me that if I couldn’t make it as a designer that I could still get a job with him at McDonalds. He always told me that he was proud of me, like a child to a parent, and I honestly never knew how much I relied on his encouragement.

“I promised him that I would be showing my work in NYC by the time I was 30. I hope that I can prove him right, because I am not cut out for working in fast food. Through the tragedy, my humorous and loving memories of him continue to push me to live each and every day to the fullest, and fully appreciate the people in my life that I care about most.”

The 12th season of “Project Runway” will premiere at 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18. For more information, go to www.mylifetime.com/shows/project-runway. Levy’s Facebook page is at www.facebook.com/mirandaklevy.

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