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Local Designer Tessa Clark On 'Project Runway'

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Tessa Clark describes her Grind and Glaze as luxury womenswear made from the heart.

A local fashion designer makes her television debut when season 17 of Project Runway premieres March 14 at 8 p.m. on Bravo. Tessa Clark joins 15 other designers competing for a $250,000 prize on the reality TV fashion competition.

Clark is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning where she studied fashion design. Her line of luxury womenswear, Grind and Glaze, sells locally in Over-the-Rhine. The garment line is inspired by her rural upbringing in Greenville, Ohio, where her mother is a ceramicist and her father is a miller.

Tessa Clark (@designertessa) joins Cincinnati Edition to discuss the upcoming season of Project Runway and what inspires her designs.

Editor's note: In this interview, Clark states that the apparel industry is the world's second-highest polluter. She reached out to us to correct that statement and we can confirm that while the fashion industry is resource intensive and faces challenges with sustanability, we find no evidence that it is the world's No. 2 polluter.

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Michael Monks brings a broad range of experience to WVXU-FM as the host of Cincinnati Edition, Cincinnati Public Radio's weekday news and information talk show.