Emily Payne Designer


Age: 40

Hometown: Temple, TX

Currently Resides in: San Francisco, CA

Favorite Style Icon: Alice Glass, Kate Moss

Favorite Designers: Haider Ackerman, Chitose Abe

Favorite past Runway Designer: Korto Momolu


Fashion designer, wife and mother are all titles held by Project Runway contestant Emily Payne. A veteran of the fashion industry, Payne recalls having a love for the industry even as a child back in Texas. Over 20 years and two fashion lines later, she enjoys spending time in the California outdoors when she’s not designing for her current label Leather Tongue. Her vast fashion career has included earning a degree at the Dallas Art Institute, working for more than one private label and fabric companies, and selling to private clients. She credits her design aesthetic from the movies that she watches and she is inspired by great designers such as Helmut Lang, French designer Thierry Mugler and UK fashion designer Pam Hogg. In her free time, Payne enjoys watching movies, eating takeout (unless husband Isaac is cooking) and taking pictures of her daughter in clothes that they design together.


Why She’ll win?

While her competitors may share with Emily drive and talent, none of them have what she claims is the best motivation: her daughter Devon.