• Tim Gunn
  • Anya Ayoung-Chee
  • Mondo Guerra
  • Nick Verreos
  • Jen Rade
  • Rachel Roy
  • Zanna Roberts Rassi
  • Amy Sim from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Asha Daniels from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Blake Smith from Projec Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Brady Lange from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Camila Castillo from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Isabelle Donola from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Melissa Grimes from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Michelle Uberreste from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Natalia Fedner from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Nicholas Komor from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Oscar Garcia-Lopez from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Rey Ortiz from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Sam Donovan from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Shan Keith Oliver from Project Runway: Under the Gunn
  • Stephanie Ohnmacht from Project Runway: Under the Gunn

Isabelle Donola

Mentor: Nick
33, Rio de Janeiro/New York, NY
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This quirky-cool Brazilian transplant seems like a hot mess, but underneath her laissez-faire attitude is an absolute fearlessness and a relentless optimism that has shaped her remarkable life. She brings her spunky personality to her modern, out-of-the-box garments, playing with details and asymmetrical silhouettes.

 

Growing up in a working class suburb of Rio de Janeiro, Isabelle always dreamed big. Her mother taught her how to hand-sew at age three and by six she had created a full collection for her Barbie dolls. Her path deviated from design when she was given the chance to study ballet at a prestigious school in Rio de Janeiro. A broken leg forced her to shift focus again, and she soon found herself skateboarding professionally and winning championships. She finally came back to fashion design, which she has been pursuing relentlessly since 2004, opening a designer co-op on a posh block of Melrose in Los Angeles, and, more recently, moving to New York to cultivate her own brand. Though Isabelle swears she doesn’t have a competitive bone in her body, she has in fact been competing for a good part of her life.