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Behind the Ballgown Design?
Best known as a fan-favorite contestant on Project Runway (Season 11) and Project Runway All Stars (Season 5), Layana Aguilar has gone on to create her own successful brand including a contemporary womenswear label designed to celebrate the many roles that women play in their day-to-day lives while owning their individuality and feeling empowered, and has designed for top celebrities such as Beyoncé, Heidi Klum, Dascha Polanco and others.
Born and raised in Brazil, Aguilar moved to New York City in 2008 to pursue a career in fashion. She differentiates her style by blending her experiences from living in New York City with her native Brazilian culture. She currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and two young children.