For the Project Runway season three winner, the road to success as a fashion designer was coupled with a troubled past and a battle with drug addiction. Learn how he beat the odds to reinvent himself as one of today’s most sought after young designer (who also serves as just ‘dad’ to his little one, Harrison)
“Being creative begets more creativity,” is the profound assessment of Jeffrey Sebelia on his journey from musician to seasoned fashion designer. He’s best known for his stint as the punk-rocker with the clawing wit who won Project Runway’s third season, but underneath the sweatshirts and tattoos is a man who’s truly driven by passion for his craft—and a father, at that. Sebelia has told of a troubled childhood and a faded musical career that forced him to work behind the scenes, which eventually led to a battle with depression and drug dependency. He found his calling as a designer, thus joining Project Runway after much encouragement from season 2 alum, Santino Rice. There, his upfront personality and inherent talent soon earned him notoriety, and the title as season three champ. To date, his roster of clients include the likes of Elton John, Jennifer Lopez, Gwen Stefani, Tommy Lee, Madonna, and his long-time friends (Linkin Park frontman) Chester Bennington and Dave Navarro.
Aside from keeping up with his pre-Runway line, Cosa Nostra, Sebelia has recently come up with a 70′s to 80′s-inspired children’s line called La Miniatura. BC gives you the exclusive about this new collection and how he managed to overcome his personal struggles and refocus his creativity, all while being a dad to little (and fashionable) Harrison.
Words by Valerie Anne del Castillo
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