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Contestant #12: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun

At long last Cat has bio for the final contestant competing in the Tamarac Square Fashion Project. There had been some confusion over images and the like, so Cat offers her apologies to all of Lisa's fans who have been looking for her bio. And there are many, as evidenced by the comments on the Little Black Dress slideshow!

See you all on the runway.

Name: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun

Company name: LRE Couture & Design

Years designing: 30+

Bio: Lisa Ramfjord Elstun's first introduction to design and sewing was from her grandmother. She taught her to make doll clothes from fabric scraps. Mrs. Goryance, Lisa's eighth-grade home economics teacher, helped refine her couture skills, including having Lisa and the class complete French seams on a cotton voile nightgown.

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Lisa's version of the Little Black Dress, which she says is a take off on the Chrysler Building in New York.

Starting 25 years ago, Lisa fashioned little girls' dresses and christening gowns for a small boutique in Iowa. A professional career move relocated her family to Denver, where Lisa says it was difficult to find stylish ready-to-wear clothes. As a result, she started creating her own wardrobe. Three years ago Lisa launched her fashion venture full-time, adding design and construction of home fashions. LRE Couture & Design conveys a fresh modern look to wardrobes and residences. Contemporary or traditional in a colorful mix of understated elegance, each custom designed article is also an original art piece. Denver celebrity you'd most like to design for? Libby Weaver and First Lady Ritter because they both have different styles and wonderful personalities. What inspires you? (No fair saying everything; be specific.) Eclectic shoes; terrific fabric; friends who sew; designers- Armani, Lagerfeld, Galliano, Valentino; the event and my client

Favorite Denver eatery? Tamayo Favorite local boutique? Violet, JJWells, Frolik on 32nd Favorite fabric? Silk Favorite way to finish seams? Depends on fabric, design of garment and use Prints or solids? Solids Dogs or cats? Dogs Kate Moss or Linda Evangelista? Linda has an incredible eye for style and loves being a woman. Kate is still floundering to find herself. Favorite guilty pleasure? Exquisite chocolate and incredible shoes Last book you read? The Science of Sexy by Bradley Bayou Red chili or green chile? My own green chile New York or L.A.? Neither because the top of Imperial Express lift at Breckenridge at 12,940 ft allows for mind clearing with breath-taking vistas Chloe Dao or Jeffrey Sebelia? Both. My style is best described as "classic with a twist", therefore, Chloe's tact and style (classic) with Jeffrey's attitude about his designs and details (twist) Loose or tailored? Tailored because it is a challenge to make it fit Jacqueline Kennedy or Jackie Brown? Jackie Kennedy Town or country? Country with easy access to town Silk charmeuse or silk shantung? Both have their place in a wardrobe Couture or ready-to-wear? COUTURE Curvy or androgynous? Either as long as it fits well Paris Hilton or Lindsey Lohan? Neither until they figure out who they want to be when they grow up. Michael Kors or Zac Posen? Zac Jeans or slacks? Jeans Bill Ritter or John Hickenlooper? Bill Escalade or Prius? Benz Vogue or W? Vogue Favorite current couture designer? Nicholas Ghesquierre and Narciso Rodriguez Favorite past couture designer? Tom Ford, Madeleine Vionnet and Coco Chanel Sleek or volume? Sleek Form or function? Function that allows wearability of the couture garment Favorite place to travel for inspiration? Top of a mountain for the expansive view or the beach to listen to the waves roll in Favorite place to travel for fabric? Elfriede's or Allyn's Polkadots or camouflage? Depends on what the occasion is -- Fancy party, hunting party or war party! Pretty or edgy? Elegant on the Edge Heidi Klum or Tim Gunn? Tim Gunn's statement of "Make it work" and how he interacts with the designers as an educator and mentor.


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