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Meet the Project Runway Designers: Althea Harper

By Tracy_Goldenberg 07/14/2009 11:22PM GMT

Althea HarperWhen you meet Althea Harper in person, it may take you a minute to figure out whether you're talking to a designer or a model. Although I didn't get to see this blonde bombshell's catwalk moves (yet), if you've seen her impressive portfolio, you know this girl knows her fashion and how to show off her sense of style.

Has she always been a fashionista? Apparently, yes. Althea told us that although she always loved to draw, at the young age of ten when she found her true passion for fashion. She recently graduated from The University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning, and took her design education across the pond for additional training at Central St. Martin in London. She's interned at prestigious fashion houses like Anna Sui, Zac Posen, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood.

Her wise fashion advice? Go check out some thrift stores for some classic items at bargain prices. (We're in a recession, you know!) Splurge on items like a killer pair of shoes or a wow-factor bag that will give your outfit the ultimate upgrade.

Get a sense of her design style by checking out her knitwear. Drawing inspiration from the glamour of the 1950s and the silhouette of a fur coat, she knitted the whole piece, by hand!

What do you think? Can Althea make it all the way to Fashion Week to show off her stuff? Sound off!