Levy (blue dress, right photo) and Timothy Westbrook (below)
were all smiles at RunUp 2012.
designers Timothy Westbrook and Miranda Levy brought more than their
share of drama to the "Project Runway" Season 12 cast. After
the two were paired together in Episode 3, the wheels fell off as the
two clashed over their Coney-Island-inspired design. Westbrook got the
ax while drawing curious stares from other designers for his obsession
with a carnival unicorn and Levy got labeled the "mean girl"
for lashing out against Westbrook. As of press time, Levy was still on
It might not
have been Milwaukee’s finest hour in the national spotlight, but we
still rally around our own.
Back on the
A native of
upstate New York, Timothy Westbrook relocated here in 2012 to become
the youngest Artist in Residence at The Pfister Hotel. Calling
himself, "a sustainability-focused fiber artist," Westbrook’s
passion for repurposing materials combined with his love of whimsy is
evident in everything he does. "We have to protect the forest to
keep the unicorns alive," he quips. Drawings of unicorns welcome
visitors to the Timothy Westbrook design studio/showroom in downtown
Milwaukee’s Shops at Grand Avenue. With a fashion/performance art
show scheduled for Sept. 21 at the Milwaukee Public Museum, Westbrook
is happy to be working full time on his art and plans to feature 12 to
16 full looks in his show. Combining Westbrook’s passion for
sustainability with his love of dinosaurs and fashion, the show is
titled, "The Paleontology of a Woman."
theme is about fossil fuel reduction," he says. "We’re
also trying to inject a lot of humor and a lot of fun into the
show." Tickets are available at www.paleontologyofawoman.com
For her video
diary on "Project Runway’s" website, Levy chose full
military regalia to take to the streets of Shorewood. A proud veteran
of an eight-year army stint, Levy’s uniform is the major influence
on everything she designs. "This uniform shapes and molds every
aspect of my life," she says. "Wearing the military uniform
redefined my ideas of clothing and its effect on my identity."
With an objective of marrying the military motif to contemporary
fashion, Levy adds, "The elegant look, timeless style and vintage
fabric from the period inspire me but I deliberately try to integrate
those ideas into a modern woman’s wardrobe." Levy intends to
build her design business with a new line for spring and fall 2014.
She is working to fundthat business through networking and outreach.
military vets is another of Levy’s goals through a program that will
focus on "female veterans struggling with (the aftermath of)
military sexual trauma."