Sean Kelly Designer


Age: 24

Hometown: Wellington, New Zealand

Resides in: Brooklyn, NY

Favorite Designers: Tom Ford, Raf Simons, Riccardo Tisci, Kris Van Assche, Vivienne Westwood, Alexander McQueen

Favorite Style Icon: Tom Ford, Raf Simons

Favorite Past Project Runway Designer: Fabio Costa


From his early years, growing up in New Zealand, Sean Kelly was described as a very active child, into sports and the outdoors, and enjoyed the performing arts. Since gaining formal design training from Massey University in New Zealand, Kelly now lives and works in New York City in the fashion industry. His design aesthetic is influenced by his travels to foreign places and his experiences within the culture. In choosing a specific material to work with, he prefers to use cotton because of its huge range of textures, weight and styles. Also, he favors designing solids over patterns, and opts for shades of grey, navy, white, beige and greens in his designs.


Why He’ll win?

Kelly’s “unique vision and design abilities” is what will make him the winner of Project Runway, along with his vision of the bigger picture and eye for detail.