Budding designer gives preview

SPECIAL TO THE SENTINEL—Shown is an example of work by Julie Tierney, a Grand Junction resident who is trying to start a fashion design business. Tierney, a former “Project Runway” contestant, will display her work Tuesday evening at Bin 707 Foodbar in downtown Grand Junction.

Before Julie Tierney takes her clothes on the road, the fashion designer wants locals to catch a glimpse of what she has been designing and constructing in her Grand Junction apartment.

Tierney, who recently appeared on Season 9 of “Project Runway” will show 10 different looks on dress forms in a static show from 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday at Bin 707 Foodbar, 225 N. Fifth St., in the Alpine Bank building.

Tierney works at the restaurant.

A static show is different than a traditional runway show, Tierney said, but she wanted to give locals a chance to see examples of work from her new line, “White Lightning,” as well as examples from “Nomad’s Land,” the line that earned her a spot on the popular TV show “Project Runway.”

“I think people will be surprised at what my garments look like,” Tierney said.

Tierney’s new “White Lightning” line heads with her later this week to Denver, where she is part of a larger runway show March 30 held in conjunction with the Denver Art Museum’s unveiling of “Yves Saint Laurent: The Retrospective” show.

The entire “White Lightning” line was inspired by Saint Laurent’s previous work, but Tierney brought her own spin to the looks, which are based on the speakeasy culture that rose to prominence in the 1920s.

“These are tailored, fitted coats,” Tierney said of the main pieces in the “White Lightning” line. “People might think it’s wild because of the name ‘White Lightning,’ but it’s not at all.”

In addition to showcasing her work Tuesday, Tierney also will accept donations toward her final $10,000 goal at Kickstarter.com. Tierney is trying to raise money toward the purchase of items to get her fashion design career moving, and she’s already raised nearly half of the $10,000 goal needed by early April.

People who donate $25 Tuesday will receive a pink T-shirt with an original Tierney illustration on it.

All the money donated Tuesday goes toward Tierney’s Kickstarter fundraising efforts, she said.


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