Tuesday, December 22, 2009

THE DATE HAS CHANGED! Save the Date... Do not miss this event!

Please click on the image below...

SAVE THE DATE! January 25, 2009
Though we don't have updated posters, yet, this event HAS been moved to January 25.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Fashion Show Coordinator has Requested Your Help.

The 2010 Shades of Black Runway Show is scheduled for February 2010, and they are seeking up-and-coming designers, as well as volunteers to work as dressers, ushers, etc. The event will be hosted at Hotel Palomar and coincides with NBA All-Star weekend.

Check out the press release HERE, and if you are interested, please email Tonisha Johnson at dentries@sobmagazine.com.GOOD LUCK!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Pin Show! Pin Show!

The Pin Show is Texas’ Premier Event for the Independent Fashion Industry. Take this opportunity to showcase your Independent line on a runway before your target market, including industry buyers, reps, retailers & clientele. The Pin Show staff will produce the perfect environment to introduce your line for 2010. Designers will be hand selected by our committee of producers and fashion industry professionals.

Where do you come in… The producers of this annual show solicit volunteers to work behind the scenes in hair and makeup, as runners, stylist, and photographers. Please visit http://www.thepinshow.com/ for complete details in regards to this event. Should you decide to volunteer, please link from the Homepage to “Participate” and then click the “volunteer” link that most interests you.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Read all about it: Dallas Fashion and Art Event

Some of you may remember that our Art Institute grad, Monica Pi, was one of the organizers for a really fantastic and important art and fashion event called "Yolk." Well, another event is upon us.

The Dallas Fashion and Art event is scheduled for January 28, but the DEADLINE to apply to submit your work as an Artist or Designer is December 15! If you would like your work to be featured, please enlarge and read the image below. This is especially applicable to graduates who already have a good collection of pieces and students who have taken enough design/construction classes to show their work:



If you are interested, the application for Fashion Design is here. You can enlarge, print, and complete. Email Michelle Roy at mroy99@yahoo.com to let her know that you would like to submit your completed application. She will let you know where to send it/drop it off:




Don't want to be a featured Artist/Designer? Don't worry! There is still opportunity for you to participate. The event organizers are seeking DRESSERS! If you are interested, please send an email indicating that you are available to help, along with your resume, to Rebecca Hargreaves, Head Wardrobe Stylist at rebeccahargreaves@hotmail.com.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Expert Panel TOMORROW! November 10

Students and graduates are welcome to attend!

Click on the two attachments below for more information:








Thursday, November 5, 2009

Rent the Runway

Blaire Rabenhorst (an Art Institute of Dallas Graduate who we featured on our blog) was recently hired to work as a stylist for a great company called Rent the Runway - based in LA and NY. Customers are able to rent ready to wear designer dresses at a great price.

Check out the site HERE.

What a great idea!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Message from Christine Porter, President of Design Dallas

Hello everybody!

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our Halloween Mixer with Design Dallas and GLAM, it's a great opportunity to branch out to our sister program, and make some connections and friends.
There will be snacks, games, and prizes! Wear your costume just for fun!

Thursday, October 29th!
7pm in room 309!!

It is for members, and we will be asking for dues tomorrow if you haven't paid, so bring two bucks and join the party!

Friday, October 23, 2009

DO NOT MISS THIS EVENT!

Nicole Williams, author of Girl on Top (which teaches you how to use tried-and-true dating rules when you are searching for a career) will be in Dallas on October 28 and 29. Click on the invitations below for more information and RSVP HERE . Also, read more about Nicole after you view the inviations...

October 28:


October 29:
Nicole Williams is your tell-it-like-it-is big sister who happens to be an expert in all things career. Through her work as a best selling author, speaker, editor-in-chief of the go-to online destination for working women, and as founder and CEO of WORKS by Nicole Williams, she provides honest life-changing advice to women who want to take control of their careers.

Nicole is the author of Wildly Sophisticated: A Bold New Attitude for Career Success and Earn What You’re Worth, and the founder of WORKS by Nicole Williams, the first media and content company marketed toward young professional women. Her advice is featured regularly in major media outlets including Elle, Cosmopolitan, Glamour, Marie Claire, The Wall Street Journal, and The Financial Times. Nicole also regularly appears on The Today Show, ABC’s Primetime, Good Morning America, The Big Idea with Donny Deutsch, Fox News, and CNN. Visit her website at
http://www.nicolewilliams.com/.

The Campbell (soup) "adDRESS your heart" Design Contest!


Every dress tells story. It's time to tell yours.
Design an original Campbell red dress and tell us about the female heart-health hero who inspired you. The winning dress, designer, and hero will be showcased at the Woman’s Day Red Dress Awards!
See Details and Entere HERE.
Advising this year’s Campbell red dress contest is fashion expert and heart-health advocate Tim Gunn. Read his story HERE.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Design Dallas says, "Get Caffeinated"

Wednesday, October 28 from 7am to 10am, Design Dallas (the student club for fashion design students) is hosting a Coffee Couture fundraising event...

Look for more information about the event, and GET INVOLVED with the club. Organization membership looks great on a resume!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Friday, October 16, 2009

Book Signings and Job Leads, Oh My!

Jason Sheehan, writer for F!D Luxe, has posted a blog entry about a FUN event on Tuesday, October 20: Photo blogger captures portraits of on-the-street fashion. Wanna meet the author of this crazy street-fashion book along with Jason Sheehan?
Meet Scott Schuman Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Barnes & Noble (7700 W. Northwest Highway, 214-739-1124) for a book signing and Q&A with Dallas Morning News style writer Jason Sheeler.

Also - maybe you need a job....
Job Fair is on Tuesday, October 20 from 11:00am to 1:00pm. 8th floor. 20 employers and 9 student organizations will be there for your networking delight!
We're posting jobs like crazy on our job board. Check it out HERE!

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Dressers Needed for Event on WEDNESDAY (tomorrow)!

Two dressers are needed for a fashion show tomorrow evening that features our own graduate, James Martinez of Barron & J. You will be needed at 5:00pm. PLEASE EMAIL ME IF YOU ARE AVAILABLE! The details about the event are included in the invitation below (click on the invitation to enlarge).



If you can't be a dresser - NO PROBLEM! Attend the event, and please plan to go to the Barron and J. trunk show on Thursday 11:00am to 2:00pm.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Wanna Be a Buyer? Natasha Rich is "Living the Dream"!

Natasha Rich graduated from The Art Institute of Dallas with an Associate of Applied Art in Fashion Design in 2007. she currently works as an Assistant Buyer at Haggar Clothing Co. She sat down for an interview with us. Enjoy!




Why did you choose to pursue a degree in Fashion Design?
I have always LOVED clothes, and reading my favorite magazines… Such as Vogue, WWD, and Harpers Bazaar. They truly inspired me, when I would look and see all of the amazing creations I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Turning your passion into your work, makes a world of difference!

Natasha, you worked in retail for many years prior to graduating from college. Do you recommend that students work while they are in school (in the industry)?
This is a MUST! You always want to be willing to know how things work from beginning to end. From production, all the way down to where it goes in a retail chain. It helps you in the long run to have a better understanding of how things TRULY work! DO IT! No matter what! Even though School is tough and takes up a lot of time, gain the experience! It is essential!

What skills did you learn from your early years of working that you now apply?
All of the little things you need to know that will take you a long way in your career – Trying to learn everything is Crucial. I learned selling techniques, customer base (understanding who your customer truly is) , understand competitive shopping, marketing strategies, markdowns, season changes, following up, always asking questions, constructive criticism… Remember – It is a LEARNING TOOL!

What do your hiring managers look for when evaluating entry-level job candidates?
Passion. Dedication to their future career, eager to learn, great communication and a positive attitude!

During a recession, how can candidates look more desirable to employers who are hesitant to hire anyone?
Minimum starting salary and understanding that entry level is to gain experience… Persistent in following-up with potential employers.

After college, you took another design-relatedbefore the Haggar position came open. What are the pros and cons of design vs. the "business" side?
Personally I really enjoyed both: Working with design really helped me shape a better outlook on how things really happen… From design all the way to production. I am REALLY enjoying buying – I work a lot with numbers and selecting product makes it so much FUN! I guess it depends on your preference!

What are the most challenging tasks in your job?
Time consuming data-entry. You are constantly in 4 seasons, so you are maintaining QUICK change! Right now we are marking down SP09, Rolling out FA09, just bought SP10… Now we are starting to buy FA10. It is FUN – but can be very challenging with all that is put into the change.

What are the most fun parts of your job?
Product Selections, Season colors (Pantones), Trend Forecasting, there is something NEW going on daily – so it never gets old! Also, the marketing and Visual Merchandising, Fast-Paced Environment! I absolutely LOVE my job – I couldn’t be more blessed!

As a buyer, how important are things like organization, time management, and administrative skills?
VERY important! I cannot stress that enough!
· Time Management – Prioritizing, Meeting Deadlines, Dependable
· Organization – Dating Items , Filing Properly for QUICK reference
· Administrative Skills – Follow-Up, Vendor Communication, Double Checking to ensure accuracy

So, your last name is "Rich” - like "Richie Rich." Any relation? Have you been able to capitalize on such a cool name?
Ha-Ha, Not yet… but I hope ONE DAY that the term matches my bank account!

If you had to wear the clothes of only one designer for the rest of your life - including shoes and accessories - whose clothes would you wear?
Definitely Balenciaga! I absolutely adore Nicolas Ghesquière … the sleek silhouettes, pairing high waisted skinny pants with a voluminous blouse, or a tightly cut wool jumpsuit with billowing sleeves. It is simply AMAZING! Need I say more…?

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Design Contest! Fun!

STUDENTS and GRADUATES!
Read this fun information, and ENTER the contest!

Party City, America’s largest party specialty and Halloween retailer, just launched the “Dress to Thrill” costume design contest inviting consumers to submit designs for the chance to have their winning costume mass-produced and sold on Party City's Web site and in its more than 600 retail stores during the 2010 Halloween season.

This is a really exciting opportunity for up-and-coming designers. The designs can be scary, flirty, fairytale or whatever inspires the designer – the possibilities are endless as long as the costume designs are original.

The contest is open now and all entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. ET, Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. To enter, consumers take original photos depicting their costume designs and submit them online at PartyCity.com. All photos must be entered during the promotion period and must contain only one original design each. However, there is not a limit to the number of original Halloween costume photo entries one entrant can make.

All designs are open for public viewing and consumers are encouraged to vote for the winning costume at PartyCity.com based on the following equally weighted criteria:
1) Costume’s Halloween appeal
2) Suitability for manufacturing and broad consumer appeal
3) Costume’s overall appearance.

Consumers may visit the voting site one time per day and cast up to five votes per visit on a single photo entry or on five separate entries. Please visit PartyCity.com to view all contest rules and regulations and feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Many thanks,
Dustin LeBoeuf
the/zimmerman/agency
850.668.2222
Dustin LeBoeuf
dleboeuf@zimmerman.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Howdy Folks! A few fun tidbits of info...

This year, the State Fair of Texas marketing deparment has gone to GREAT lengths to brand this annual event. You can now purchase a "human size" version of the western shirt that Big Texas proudly wears. The pricetag? $30.00. Read more at:

Big Tex Fashion


On a more serious (i.e. sophisticated) note:
You can meet celebrity stylist and costume designer Mariel Haenn. Click on the invitation below for more information.

Meet the Designers and volunteer as a DRESSER!

Many you will either need to work events for course credit or will be able to earn extra credit for working events. We will provide a list of volunteers to your instructors, so that you will receive the appropriate credit!

Remember, if you want to work as a stylist or in visuals (or even as a professional dresser), this experience is non-negotiable. Alumni are welcome to apply to work events, as well.

If you are interested, you must...
1. Have dressed at a fashion show in the past.
2. Provide a resume to Career Services.
3. Provide your full name, student ID, and an email address that you check daily.
4. Indicate which event(s) you are committing to work.

Send your information to Julie at jjanik@aii.edu.

Neiman Marcus at NorthPark is seeking female dressers for several events (only female models will be featured). Certain events may also allow for male volunteers.

EVENT: Eileen Fisher
DATE: Saturday, September 26
EVENT TIME: noon
STUDENT ARRIVAL TIME: 11:15 AM
CHECK-IN: Executive Office, Level Three w/ PR
Dressers: 3

EVENT: Anne Klein Personal Appearance
DATE: Wednesday, October 7
EVENT TIME: noon
STUDENT ARRIVAL TIME: 11:15 AM
CHECK-IN: Executive Office, Level Three w/ PR
Dressers: 4

EVENT: Kay Unger Personal Appearance
DATE: Thursday, October 15
EVENT TIME: TBD
STUDENT ARRIVAL TIME: TBD
CHECK-IN: Executive Office, Level Three w/ PR
Dressers: 2
NOTE: Because this event has a charity component, extra assistants may be needed...Male volunteers may be welcome.

EVENT: Nicole Miller Personal Appearance
DATE: Thursday, October 22
EVENT TIME: TBD
STUDENT ARRIVAL TIME: TBD
CHECK-IN: Executive Office, Level Three w/ PR
Dressers: 2
NOTE: Because this event has a charity component, extra assistants may be needed... Male volunteers may be welcome.

Monday, September 21, 2009

RSVP by Tomorrow!

Make Thursday your FASHION DAY!
Before heading over to the Quarterly Fashion Show (at Richardson Civic Center - 411 Arapaho) - plan to attend this amazing event:

Neiman Marcus at Northpark and Capera Ryan Invite YOU to meet Kimberly Ovitz! Thursday, September 24 in Contemporary Sportswear (Level 2). 5:00pm to 7:00pm (which allows you to jet over to the Fashion Show for some runway magic)!

Click the invitation below for full details:


Monday, September 14, 2009

Portfolio Show and Fashion Show


Our Portfolio Show and Fashion Show are coming up! (click on image above to view invitation)

This quarter's collections are proving to be incredibly unique. For example, Katie Newell will be presenting a 100% organic, eco-friendly and sustainable collection, the first-ever of its kind at ANY of The Art Institute Campuses. Also, Sherie Johnson has designed edgy (and adorable) footwear to coordinate with her runway fashions. Katie and Sherie are joined by their equally talented and imaginative classmates, and you won't want to miss their beautifully constructed and inspired designs.

Likewise, the Portfolio Show will feature graduating seniors who are serious about standing-out. Come see a funky super-hero inspired line by Sean Charles, and take a walk through the streets of London with Kory Johnson. Frankly, each portfolio that is being presented is unique and thoughtful, and the designers are ready to walk you through it!

Thursday, September 24
6:00pm to 7:00pm (Portfolio Show)
7:00pm to ? (Fashion Show)
Richardson Civic Center
411 Arapaho

Below are some photos from our Winter 2009 Portfolio Show:


Yasmina Johnston with her incredibly artistic display...

A shot of Sarah McLaughlin's exquisite bridal-inspired display:


Michelle Brown, currently working as an Assistant Designer with Cooper by Courtney.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Tonight! You are invited...

Fashion's Night Out at Neiman Marcus (at Northpark Center) is going to be an amazing event, and you are invited to attend! For details, click on each of the invitation below. The event is multi-faceted, so really read the information...

Have fun!






Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Need a job?

This morning, I made a few calls to the Human Resources departments and Managment teams at a few local retailers.... just wanted to see if there are any jobs out there.

I found that EVERY retailer I called has immediate openings. I plan to make more calls this afternoon, and you should too!

In our Park Lane Development:
Lane Bryant. Part time sales. $7.50 to $10.00 per hour.
Off 5th. All positions.
Nordstrom Rack. Part time sales.

NorthPark Center:
Banana Republic. Sales Associates, Sales Support, and Stock Positions. $8.00 to $9.00 for entry-level. Bonuses and Incentives and negotiable pay.
Gymboree. Sales Lead.


The moral of this story? There are JOBS out there! Here are a few tips:
1. Make a "cheat sheet" that includes the addresses and phone numbers of previous employers, as well as the correct spelling of managers' names. Also, note your prior pay rates. You'll be asked this information on EVERY application, and a cheat sheet will make the process easier.
2. Apply in-person whenever possible.
3. Dress PROFESSIONALLY to apply.
4. Ask to see a manager when you apply.
5. Follow up on your application within 48 hours of applying. Ask for an interview! Be enthusiastic and friendly.

Come see Career Services if you have questions or need help, and check our job board frequently!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Fashion's Night Out

Julie Janik in Career Services is still seeking 2-3 volunteers to work at the NM Fashion's Night Out event at Northpark. Even if you don't want to volunteer - GO TO THE EVENT! This is an event "designed to promote retail, restore consumer confidence and celebrate fashion!"

If you want to volunteer to work the event, and you have prior dressing experience, email jjanik@aii.edu. Details are below:

Fashion's Night Out Festivities
September 10, 2009
Neiman Marcus NorthPark will host a full range of in-store events in conjunction with the international VOGUE initiative "Fashion's Night Out" which is designed to promote retail, restore consumer confidence and celebrate fashion! Some of the festivities presented by Neiman Marcus are as follows:

See the life-size version of FASHION RULES™, the world's very first fashion board game, located in front of the fountain in Neiman Marcus Court, 6-10pm.

Meet Matt Tyrnauer, Director of "Valentino: The Last Emperor" as he signs the DVD release of the film in Designer Sportwear on Level Three.

Fall fashion is red hot! View the must-haves of the season as Neiman Marcus and Tammy Theis, Stylist and President/Creative Director of Wallflower Management, present the latest trends, beginning at 6:30 pm in Ladies Shoes on Level Two.

With any regular price denim purchase in Contemporary Sportswear, get your own personal sketch from "The Original Butt Sketch" artist, in Contemporary Sportswear on Level One.

Please contact Neiman Marcus NorthPark at 214.363.8311 for more information on these exciting events.

And on other note... If you are looking for something fun to do, check out the Northpark Calendar of in-store events. Most of these events are free. MAKE IT YOUR MISSION to leave every event with a business card from a new "industry friend." Build your network, and have fun at the same time!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Advice from Sr. Director of Sales at Donna Karan...

As you all know, Donna Karan was at Neiman Marcus on Tuesday, August 25. Senior Director of Sales, Felita Harris, thoroughly explained Donna's System of Dressing, which honors the power of the woman. The pieces are beautiful and timeless, and we loved the skirt with a twist-in-the-back (look for it...).


Felita Harris (left), Donna Karan Sr. Director of Sales discusses Donna's System of Dressing

(photo credit: Jason Janik)

Felita, who has been with Donna Karan for six years and was recruited by a former president of DK, is a wealth-of-knowledge, and she was happy to demystify the how-to's of breaking into the fashion industry:

Did you work while you were in college? Yes - in Retail Management.

How important is prior retail/wholesale experience to Donna Karan?
Crucial!

Is prior experience important when applying to ALL entry-level positions with designers?
Yes, nothing like experience!

What is the best way to network and meet new people?
Consider everyone you meet a "contact".. You never know who will or could refer you to future jobs. Stick with the task at hand.. If you put pride in your current job, people will notice and you will get promoted.

I know you travel a lot with your job.what are the (3) Can’t-leave-home-without-it things you ALWAYS pack for every business trip?
Makeup, under garments, jersey from Donna karan.

What fashion-related blog/website/publication do you read every day?
wwd

Final piece of advice for students seeking their degrees in Fashion Design and Fashion & Retail Management:
*Most careers in fashion are not glamorous.. Be willing to assist in whatever capacity you're needed. Think outside the box and be ready when the "ball" is tossed to your court...
*Never dismiss anyone based on their current job position. You never know where people will end up...
*Strive to work harder than the person you report to. Behind every great manager is an amazing support team...
*Always start with the company's "style" preference.. You can always incorporate pieces of your personal style. Just remember that companies are looking for people who wear THEIR clothes well...
*Be FRIENDLY AND EASY TO WORK WITH. Most people spend more time at work than they do at home. If it doesn't feel like work then you're in the right place..

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Day in the Life...

After working on the retail sales floor and in the visuals department at Urban Outfitters for almost the entire duration of her education, Ai Dallas graduate, Sarah Greenhaw accepted a management-level position in Visuals in October 2008. She was part of the team to open the new Urban store in San Antonio, which is located in an upscale outdoor shopping center (similar to Northpark Center).


Sarah manages a visual team which includes a display artist and a merchandising team lead. Her team works Monday through Friday, 7 am to 3 pm, and Sarah works anywhere 6 am-5 pm on a typical day, depending on the tasks at hand. Sarah says, "It's a lot of hard work, and I have to do a lot of not-so-girly stuff, like drilling, painting and moving fixtures, along with all the fun, like changing forms and setting tables. But that's pretty typical for a merchandiser. I love it and am hoping to keep moving around the country to different stores whenever any opportunities come up."


Sarah provided a hour-by-hour recap of a typical day. Think it's GLAMOROUS to be in visuals? Here's A Day-in-the-Life of Visual Merchandiser, Sarah Greenhaw...
6:00 am: Wake up to alarm.
6:40 am: Head to nearest Starbucks for a Chai tea.
7:00 am: Arrive at the store, with my display artist, the receiver, and an opening manager. Climb up those three flights of stairs to the office, put in a couple mix cds so it’s not dead silent in the store before we open.
7:06 am: Go over closing notes and any emails from the previous day. Look over numbers from the previous week to see what sort of moves need to be made today in order to help sales.
7:30 am: Quick touch base with the display artist. Create a to-do list for him: update signage for downstairs walls indicating that men’s and housewares is located upstairs, put new logos in all windows, put a couple mirrors up on the women’s floor, peg out the back of a fixture in women’s for new shipment of fall tights, clean out his display room
7:45 am: Look on the URBN homepage for merchandising callouts or any new markdowns… nothing new today!
7:45 am: Quick walk of the windows, decide to update 5 forms with new merchandise and pull some sale apparel from the window.
9:06 am: Shipment arrives, receiver scans it all in and I begin helping him pull samples. 59 boxes today!
9:20 am: Take a quick granola bar break in the office with opening manager
9:30 am: Print out some shipment placement sheets, grab an RF gun and head downstairs with all the women’s samples for the day.
9:45 am: Before I can finish the placement sheet, it’s already time for morning meeting with the associates who have arrived for the day. Go over previous days numbers, plans for the day. I update everyone on the new promos that will be going up and find out the music requests for the day. Wrap up the meeting and I run upstairs and put in some upbeat music to set the tone for the day, must open the doors at 10 am!
10:07 am: Finish filling out the placement sheet, begin big moves! Lots of new fall styles coming in, separate everything out into the appropriate shops. Decide what will be hung, folded, laid flat, and write it all down on the placement sheet for the managers and associates.
11:00 am: Home office mail pack arrives, open it up and sort out new signage. Put each department managers things into their box and put the new music we received in for the day!
11:10 am: Touch base with manager on things I need to be completed. Spots that need to be filled with new shipment, new moves I’ve made. Show department team lead why I moved some old product around, in order to help numbers.
12:00 pm: Check on display artists’ status for the day. Make a paint color decision for him
12:07 pm: Lunch break, run across the street to the food court to grab some salad and a slice of cheese pizza with the opening manager. A vegetarian diet is hard to live by in a greasy, fast food ridden mall with not many options!
12:18 pm: Eat lunch in the office, near the computer. Go over new e-mails, respond as needed. Sort of a working lunch, since I never get a chance to sit in the office to look at computer stuff on a typical day.
12:50 pm: District merchandiser emails, learn about regional conference call at 2:00 pm our time.
1:10 pm: Head back out onto the floor and update 3 forms with new product. Anthropology calls from across the shopping center… they need to borrow some paper towels to get them through the week! I let them know I’ll run them over before I leave for the day (there’s a dress I’ve been eyeing, so it’s convenient.)
1:57 pm: Call into regional conference calls. Learn about plans for the week, key attributes for the company, new product knowledge.
2:35 pm: Check in with receiver on how much shipment is going out… only about 11 boxes left to be processed. Really good progress, should see a 24 hour turnover.
2:40 pm: First time upstairs in men’s department for the day, quick placement of their new samples. Write it all down on a placement sheet and leave direction for the men’s team lead, who will be coming in at 4 pm. Grab the drill from my desk and put up a couple of faceouts for new shirts.
3:02 pm: Go by display room, and let display artist know it’s time for him to leave for the day. Decide to put off mirrors until tomorrow.
3:08 pm: Head back downstairs with drill (just in case…) to check on everything, finish re-setting front entry table with new branded collaboration received in today’s shipment.
3:40 pm: Get the extension ladder out and update lifestyling on walls with new product. Pull down any recent markdowns. Get down and realize new dress on faceout needs to be moved up about two inches. Grab drill form cash wrap and move faceout. Check one more time, perfect!
3:52 pm: Grab all the pulled merchandise from forms and lifestyling, drop it off in the fitting room and apologize for ditching my mess! Put the shoes back in their appropriate boxes, which takes about 10 minutes longer than necessary since nothing is put back correctly from the weekend.
4:10 pm: Supposed to be off, but need to run to the bank with the opening manger to drop the deposit and go by the UPS store to get postcard stamps. Drop paper towels off at Anthro as well… and scope out the dress.
4: 54 pm: Run back into the store, grab my merchandising binder and purse. Didn’t get a chance to do the numbers for the week in store today, so need to do them at home in order to lead department walk-throughs tomorrow.
5:15 pm: Finally home… only about 30-40 minutes of paperwork to do from home tonight. Make dinner plans with my roommate, the men’s department manager at the store and head out.

Monday, August 31, 2009

TONIGHT!


The Campbell Wagner Agency Announces August Runway Monday Event Featuring Local Designers The House of Dang and Photographer Jeremy Shelby

The Campbell Agency’s August installment of Runway Monday will feature The House of Dang, Jeremy Shelby Photography held at The Mitchell Lofts on August 31.

The fashionable set at The Campbell Agency will host its second installment of its Runway Monday series on August 31st at The Mitchell Lofts. The event features local design and photo talents to be showcased. This month hosts design duo The House of Dang and photographer Jeremy Shelby.

The historic Mitchell building, a Dallas landmark that was once a cotton gin manufacturing plant, now upscale lofts will be the backdrop for the fashion show with bites and sips courtesy of Vapiano and Absolut Vodka. Cocktail hour starts at 6pm. Fashion show begins at 7. Mingle until 9 and then join the after-party hosted at Vapiano in Mockingbird Station.

The Campbell Agency is recognized as a leading agency nationwide in virtually all media and is at the forefront of balancing personal attention while providing clients state of the art support in all their casting needs.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Donna Karan - HERE TODAY!

Thank you, Christopher Wynn (F!D Luxe) for reminding us that Donna Karan will be in Dallas THIS AFTERNOON!

Neiman Marcus at NorthPark. 3rd Level. 2:00pm

TODAY!
(Bonus: See Ken Downing, Fashion Director at Neiman Marcus, who is hosting the event).

Monday, August 24, 2009

DRESSED: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design Lecture - THIS THURSDAY!


Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design

With author and Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Landis
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From the lavish productions of Hollywood’s Golden Age through the high-tech blockbusters of today, the most memorable movies all have one thing in common: they rely on the magical transformations rendered by the costume designer to communicate mood, personality, and setting.

Using examples from her book Dressed: A Century of Hollywood Costume Design, Academy Award-nominated costume designer Deborah Nadoolman Landis shares the inside scoop about Hollywood’s most tantalizing costumes and the characters they helped bring to life. Drawing on years of research, Landis has uncovered both a treasure trove of costume sketches and photographs—many of them previously unpublished—and a dazzling array of first-person anecdotes that inform the images. Dressed is one book no film and fashion lover should be without. Landis counts among her film credits for costume design: Animal House, The Blues Brothers, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Michael Jackson’s Thriller, and Coming to America, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award.

Air transportation provided by American Airlines. Hotel accommodations provided in part by The Adolphus.

The Dallas Museum of Art is supported in part by the generosity of Museum members and by the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas/Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.All contents © 2009 Dallas Museum of Art. All rights reserved.



Saturday, August 22, 2009

Tim Gunn's Favorite Fashion Photos...

With the return of Project Runway to a new network (Lifetime), Tim Gunn has selected his favorite fashion photos ever published by Life Magazine. Check out the slideshow (with Tim's commentary) HERE.

Enjoy!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Graduate Spotlight: Blaire Rabenorst Receives Attention from NYC Bloggers for Vintage Style

The Art Institute of Dallas Graduate, Blaire Rabenhorst, was recently featured on a New York City Style/Social Website Under the Arch. In order to read the site, you will need to subscribe, and obtaining a user name/password takes about a day. In the meantime, we've reprinted the post here:




Fri, 8.07.09
StylEnvy: Blaire Rabenhorst
The All Points West music festival last weekend in Jersey City will be remembered for many things, with music quite possibly being the last. We're not saying we didn't rock out to Coldplay, but braving the elements, in this case, mud up to your knickers, was less than pleasant and left many people with stained skin and probably a few diseases.

Needless to say, a select few concert-goers managed to maintain their fashion savvy amidst the sludge, booze and hula-hoopers entertaining the back rows with their belly dancer-like hip sways. Stylist and sales rep for Vintage Clothing in Brooklyn, Blaire Rabenhorst, was one such specimen. We met, oohed and aahed over her effortlessly eclectic ensemble, then dissected her style (and secretly wished we had VIP access to her closet).

Name: Blaire Rabenhorst

Hometown: Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Job: Freelance Sales Representative and Stylist for Vintage Clothing Companies in NYC, Dallas and Louisiana

UTA: What is it like to work in vintage?

BR: When working with vintage pieces, one has to love, care, and appreciate it as if it were your pet or Blackberry! My experience with vintage has taught me that every piece has a story and that's what makes me value and treasure vintage clothing compared to your everyday ready-to-wear lines out there.

UTA: What are your favorite vintage pieces?

BR: I'm loving old hair net pieces and hats right now. They are such a great additional piece to an outfit besides your jewelry and purses.

UTA: How has working in vintage influenced your style?

BR: I no longer shop in commercial stores anymore because it's mass produced. Vintage clothing, jewelry, purses, belts and shoes are all one of a kind. You and only you have it!

UTA: What inspired your looks for All Points West?

BR: They were really last minute decisions! I feel that when I have time to think about an outfit, I will sit there and reevaluate every little detail – switching out the belt or necklace, changing the skirt, tying up the shirt in some different way, and in the end it just looks stupid. So I based my music festival outfits with what I felt comfortable in while also making a statement with my taste in style for concert gear.

UTA: Tell us what you're wearing. (See photo below.)

BR: I'm wearing cut up, washed out Levi's jeans, an Urban Outfitters twisted onesie, vintage sheer flower print robe, a flower hair accessory (made by me!), old school black Doc Martin boots and lots of fun costume jewelry.

UTA: What was your strategy for dressing fashionably considering the muddy terrain?

BR: My style strategy for APW considering the mud was to be prepared to get dirty, but also look fab at the same time. I knew there was tons of mud and water, so I was definitely going to wear boots that I could truck through the icky mud in. Even if it still had been raining, my clothes were totally going to be okay. I love making statements with my clothes. My body is a canvas, and I like to paint it everyday with crazy and unique clothing.
- uta




Thursday, August 20, 2009

Kim Dawson Model Search



Fashion!Dallas / Kim Dawson Model Search
August 22, 2009

Now in its 13th year, the Fashion!Dallas / Kim Dawson Model Search has launched the careers of dozens of successful models, including Maybelline face Erin Wasson (the first winner), runway star Mimi Roche, Abercrombie & Fitch model Chaise Mooty, and Teen Vogue stars Ali Michael and Jessica Cline. Each year more than 1,500 hopefuls apply at NorthPark Center to be part of Dallas' most successful model search with the hopes of being discovered.

The competition is open to girls ages 14-22 years, 5'7" to 6' in height and to boys ages 16-24 years, 5'11" to 6'3" in height. Applications are accepted via mail through August 24 with information and applications available at dallasnews.com/modelsearch.

Do you think you have what it takes? Join The Dallas Morning News, CW33, Kim Dawson Agency and NorthPark Center from 1pm to 4pm in NorthCourt located between Nordstrom and Macy's for a FREE one-day open-call event. Hopefuls will submit their applications and have their head shots taken by fashion photographer Larry Travis, then walk the runway in front of fashion experts and scouts from the Kim Dawson Agency with coaching from runway diva Jan Strimple. All the head shots will appear on CW33’s website, where the public will vote and choose one lucky semi-finalist! Click here to vote!

The 2009 winner will receive a one-year contract with Kim Dawson Agency and prize package from NorthPark Center including $1,000 in NorthPark Gold. He/she will also appear in a commercial promoting CW33.

Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
DALLAS URBAN FASHION WEEK HAS PARTNERED WITH COVERGIRL, MILLENIUM JAGUAR, G STAR RAW AND TOP DESIGNERS FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TO BRING A WEEK OF BEAUTY, STYLE, CELEBRITIES AND ART TO THE DALLAS METROPLEX. THE WEEK OF EVENTS WILL BE HELD SEPT. 16-20 FEATURING RUNWAY SHOWS, RED CARPET EVENTS AND CELEBRITY APPEARANCES WITH A PORTION OF THE PROCEEDS BENEFITTING LOCAL NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS.

DALLAS, TX AUGUST 20- Urban Fashion Week is coming to Dallas following 10 years of paramount success in Paris, New York, Miami and many other major metropolitan areas. The five-day event, September 16-20, 2009 will serve as a platform for the style savvy elite of the city including designers, models, artist, performers and more to present their talent and creativity. Events will be held at various locations throughout the city showcasing the diversity of Dallas. Dallas Urban Fashion Week will be featuring Troop Clothing and Footwear by Nelly, Fumi Designs from New York D Boy Solider from Harlem and partnering with the FAME Festival sponsored by the City of Dallas and Eva Pigford of America’s Next Top Model, making Dallas Urban Fashion Week an event you will not want to miss.

The week of events will kickoff with Flashing Lights at Millennium Jaguar on Wednesday, Sept. 16 at 6pm. This industry only event will be open to media, designers, hair and makeup artists and other fashion forward professionals.

The ultimate look good, feel good event, The Vanity Beauty Expo will be held on Thursday, Sept. 17th at The Power Station (1723 Kelly Ln) benefitting the Speak Life Foundation. An abundance of beauty experts and professionals will be on hand for Makeup & Martinis, Miracle Makeovers, a live taping of “Girls Do Talk”, live photo shoots as well as a Hair & Makeup show. Prepare to be primped, pampered, tapered and polished by the top makeup artists, barbers, and hair stylists in the city. Guest are invited to flaunt their new look at our follow-up event that evening, Lights, Camera, Fashion at Buddha 9 presented by Goree Entertainment.

The Art of Fashion on Friday Sept. 18st will present a creative collaboration of art and fashion. Sponsored by G Star Raw and Nostic Apparel, this evening of fine art and fabulous fashion will benefit the FYIA Foundation

The City of Dallas, Dallas Urban Fashion Week and The Paragon Group will collaborate on Sat. Sept, 19 to present the FAME Festival at the Superpages.com Center The FAME Festival will serve as Dallas’s own Fashion, Art, Entertainment and Music Festival focused on total economic development. This green carpet event will be co-hosted by Eva Pigford of America’s Next Top Model and include opportunities for members of the community to partake in a job fair, blood drive and more while enjoying fashion and live music. Following the FAME Festival a VIP reception with Eva Pigford and after party will be held at Chaucer’s of Dallas hosted by The Foundation.

The FAME Festival will continue on Sunday, Sept. 20th at Rochester Park from 12pm-8pm with sponsorships including Krave Magazine, The Fashion Lounge and Brooklyn’s Jazz Café. The entire week of events will be conclude with an appreciation party presented by Goree Entertainment at Fuse.

For more information Urban Fashion Week, visit http://www.ufwglobalnetwork.com/. All-access passes and tickets will be available August 24th.

FOR TICKETS AND MEDIA INQUIRIES, PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING:
Erica Hoff of B.Love Productions; http://us.mc596.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=ericahoff@yahoo.com, 817-403-1297.
Sabeina Williams of Unik Marketing, http://us.mc815.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=unik.marketing@yahoo.com, 214-507-2010.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Hello! I'm Dallas! Pleased to Make Your Acquaintance!

Some of you are new to Dallas, and some of you have lived in Big-D your whole life. All of you love fashion. In case you need an introduction, we wanted to highlight two high-end retailers for you. Perhaps you would like to attend a trunk show? Maybe you are seeking a tailoring apprenticeship or a part-time retail sales position?


Stanley Korshak located in The Crescent Court Hotel is known for impeccable service and incredibly tasteful clothing, fresh off the runways. Stanley Korshak also houses a Bridal Salon (full service, dresses AND a bridal registry) The Anderson, Cox, & Company Hair Salon, and The Shak (for a slightly younger generation of loyal customers).

Location:
500 Crescent Court, Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75201
Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 6:00pm
For internship and employment opportunities, contact szetley@stanleykorshak.com.
Lots of great trunk shows are coming up at SK. Make plans to attend, or, better yet, contact the store to find out if you can work or volunteer at the shows:

Vera Wang Trunk Show
September 3, 4, & 5
Vera Wang Bridesmaids Trunk Show


Badgley Mischka Bridal Trunk Show
September 18 & 19

Peter Langner Bridal Trunk Show
October 2 & 3

Rivini Bridal Trunk Show
October 9 & 10

Romona Keveza Bridal Trunk Show
October 30 & 31



Tootsies is widely recognized as one of the finest shopping experiences in the nation. A pioneer in specialty store retailing, Tootsies carries a vast array of American and elite European designers, contemporary and classic collections, denim, accessories and shoes. Located in Houston, Dallas and Atlanta, Tootsies offers exclusive fashions, intimate attention to detail and incomparable customer service.

Location:
8300 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75225
Open Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 7:00pm
Manager is Julie Morant.

You might consider contacting Julie Morant to find out if she needs volunteer/interns for the August 27 Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2009 Trunk Show!

Top 10 Portfolio Faux Pas

Whether you are a student or graduate, you should be building a portfolio and continually updating it. Here are some tips:

Top 10 Portfolio Faux Pas
by The Creative Group

A well-crafted portfolio can open doors to new jobs and clients. But if you submit a sub-par book, you'll likely find "no entry" signs at just about every door you knock on. Following are some mistakes that can drive hiring managers a little crazy, especially when they need to find a talented designer quickly. These 10 portfolio faux pas can cause employers to pass on your book and move onto the next one. Avoid these errors, and you'll have an immediate advantage over the competition.

Faux Pas #10: Providing "over the hill" examples. Don't include dated items in your portfolio, unless they're from a particularly high-profile assignment. No hiring manager wants to see a logo from a college project you created 15 years ago. Instead, include only pieces from within the last three years.

Faux Pas #9: Not bringing a leave-behind. Sixty-four percent of executives surveyed by The Creative Group said it's important to leave a work sample behind after an employment interview. You might want to develop a piece to use specifically for this purpose, such as a stand-out postcard that contains all of your contact information.

Faux Pas #8: Only having an online portfolio. The good news is that you have a visually stunning and well-organized online portfolio. The bad news is that this is the only way a hiring manager can see your work. Most design firms want evidence of your ability to produce excellent work online—in addition to a book you can show them in person. How you present that portfolio is important, too: In a survey by our firm, 65 percent of advertising and marketing executives said they preferred a bound book or separate container with loose pieces inside.

Faux Pas #7: Not customizing your portfolio to the client's needs. When preparing your book, make the samples specific to the project type, industry and client. If you'll be working on direct-mail pieces, for instance, be sure to provide samples of that type of work at the beginning of your portfolio. There are three common ways to organize your book: by industry, media specialty or chronologically. Most corporate clients will be interested in an industry-specific portfolio with examples that relate to their lines of business. If you're just beginning your career, however, arranging it chronologically may be preferable so you can highlight your career growth.

Faux Pas #6: Not telling a "story." The way you arrange your portfolio and present it is just as important as the pieces you include. Your samples should spark conversation about your contributions to previous employers. Ultimately, your book should tell a story about the value you provided clients over the years. Always be sure to strike a balance between showing any challenges you overcame and not coming across as a prima donna. When describing a piece in an interview, for example, you might talk about how a redesigned website increased traffic by 20 percent or how an award you won helped improve the firm's brand recognition. Essentially, you want to demonstrate what changed as a result of your work on a project. Companies want to know that they'll make a good investment in hiring you.

Faux Pas #5: An online portfolio that takes forever to download. David Langton, a principal graphic designer at Langton Cherubino Group, says it best: "Don't make me wait for your portfolio to download. I won't." Hiring managers are short on time and none of them wants to waste it waiting to see your work. Likewise, skip the musical introductions. Depending on your musical tastes, it can be jarring to go to a website and be greeted by Beethoven's Fifth Symphony or Michael Jackson's "Thriller." If you must have a fancy introduction for your site, be sure to include a prominent "skip introduction" button.

Faux Pas #4: Creating an unsolved mystery. Be sure to clearly identify each piece in your book by including the name of the client for which you produced the piece, your role in the project, the software you used and a sentence or two describing why it's important.

Faux Pas #3: Leaving no piece behind. You might be able to assemble enough material in your book to rival "War and Peace," but resist the temptation to show the hiring manager all your work. When it comes to portfolios, less is definitely more. A survey by The Creative Group shows that prospective employers feel the ideal portfolio should include about a dozen items.

Faux Pas #2: A sloppy book. Thirty-one percent of advertising and marketing executives polled by The Creative Group said unorganized samples bothered them most when reviewing portfolios. Your book should be neat and clean. If you're including bulky items, carry them separately. Along these same lines, don't give too much information about a particular example. Displaying numerous versions of the same piece, for instance, can be confusing to the person reviewing it. Generally, it's best to include only one final version.

Faux Pas #1: Not having an online portfolio. You must have an online portfolio; because all companies have a web presence today, few hiring managers will consider you for a job if you don't. And keep in mind that 22 percent of advertising and marketing executives surveyed by our firm said they preferred an online portfolio when viewing a creative's book. Cover all of your bases and have both an online and hard-copy portfolio available for hiring managers to review.

Remember that your book is never a finished project: You will constantly need to update and revamp it to reflect the job market and your skill set. While it's true that developing an online and hard copy of your portfolio requires significant time and effort, consider it a long-term career investment.

Used by Permission from The Creative Group.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Designer Spotlight: James Martinez



Today, one of our Own is being featured on Thrillist.com (the most influential trend-blog for men in the U.S.).
Dallas editor, Mike Daniel, writes, "Just launched out of Garland by an Art Institute grad & former Nordstrom tailor/Henry III Generation designer, Barron's handmade men's line seeks to “create a contemporary style that augments technology and fashion" -- a goal helped improbably by covering you in flys."

Check out the full article HERE, and subscribe to Thrillist.com!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Fashion Industry Gallery

Hopefully, some of you are working at Market this week. Below is information from the Fashion Industry Gallery. If you aren't working market, then go to Finale! Buy some stuff on-the-cheap, and more importantly, make some connections while you are there.




Internships

Internship Experience is REALLY important. Trust us on this. With a little bit of research, you can find rewarding internships, whether you are pursuing a degree in Fashion Design or Fashion & Retail Management.

We found information on the D Magazine website for Fashion Interns and Marketing Interns.

Here are the descriptions:

Fashion Intern
The fashion stylists for D Magazine Partners are seeking smart, personable, hard-working, organized interns to assist with fashion research, correspond with press contacts, pick up/return items for photo shoots, and help at photo shoots. Interns must be open to staying late on photo shoot days, driving around town researching products, and helping to pack cars and carry all necessities into photo shoots, including clothes and equipment. Knowledge of the fashion industry is helpful but not required.

Marketing Intern
The Marketing department is looking for interns interested in event planning, promotions, and media marketing. An ideal applicant will be hard working, detail-oriented, and eager to learn. As a marketing intern, you will observe, plan, and execute internal/external events, assist the marketing team with data entry, research, and mailings, attend planning meetings, and other tasks as needed.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Ready to Start Selling Your Wares?

If you are ready to start selling your designs, Etsy might be the place for you. Etsy.com bills itself as "Your Place to Buy & Sell All Things Handmade." Truthfully, the sky's the limit on what you can design and sell through Etsy.

A Graphic Design Instructor from The Art Institute of Dallas, Jodi Von Rotten, has received media exposure for her Etsy store, Binge and Purge and caters to a clientele that loves funky, retro accessories with a darker side.


Other Dallas designers who found their start on Etsy include Megan Mucci, whose Harrilu silk-screened apparel is sold nationally and was carried locally at House of Dang. Harrilu not only maintains an Etsy site but also now has a standard eCommerce site.


Not sure how to get started or how to find support? Etsy has an established community, where designers can partner with others to share ideas and learn more about building a stronger business.
Etsy even has an established EtsyDallas Group: The Original Dallas Craft Collective.

Remember to think outside-of-the-box. Your product does not need to be terribly complicated. You simply need to find something you are passionate about, determine if there is a market, and make sure to deliver GREAT customer service.

Have fun exploring Etsy! We always enjoy a little Etsy-time.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Designer Spotlight: Billie Jo Retro

Jody Sims, an accomplished patternmaker, is also a designer/owner of Billie Jo Retro. We love the Apron Play Suit and Cloud Bolero!

Jody Sims is a regular evaluator/juror at AiD Fashion Design events, and she serves on our Professional Advisory Committee. Thanks, Jody, for all you do!

Billie Jo Retro Cigarette Pant

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Guest Blogger Jennifer Rodgers: Working Behind the Scenes

Jennifer Rodgers, Fashion and Events Coordinator for NorthPark Center, shared the following information with us:

What does your job entail?

- On the events side of my job I work on coordinating events within the center such as Fashion at the Park and Model Search, and I also get to work with the tenants on their in-store events.

- On the fashion side of my job I get to dress with anchors, Paige, Robert, and Amy, of Good Morning Texas on a daily basis, their clothing is provided exclusively by NorthPark. Also, I get to plan and pull clothing, gifts, and accessories for any news segments that we do throughout the year.

Can you recall a particularly interesting or fun event?

- A fun memory from my job would have to be when I got to plan my very 1st event for NorthPark all on my own. It was a bridal event that I had to make a budget figure out rental, model costs, hire and fashion show producer, and make my vision for this event a reality. Well, of course everything that could go wrong did, including busting my butt while getting one of the male models from the dressing room, but I did do one thing right… I hired my previous boss, Jan Strimple, to produce the fashion show. She did such a great job, as always, and had also had a amazing ability to keep me calm. In the end the event turned out beautifully and everyone was happy!

What advice would you give to a student or graduate who wants a job like yours?

- The biggest piece of advice I can give to student who want to get into the fashion industry is to go to as many fashion events and parties you can, whether you are a volunteer or some ones plus one, you must network! I would not be where I am today with out the great people in my life pointing me in the right direction and opening up all the right doors. I am truly blessed!


Below: Jennifer working backstage at a runway show, completing last-minute alterations to a very full skirt!

Anthropologie Carries Dallas Designer

Today, as I perused the Anthropologie website, I ran across an adorable dress from Cooper by Courtney - a Dallas house (started by Tyler native, Courtney Warren)!

Check out the Texture Pairing Dress now, because once quantities are gone, the link will likely disappear!

Then, check out the Cooper by Courtney website!

Are your sights set on StyleSight?

If you are not using StyleSight, you are asleep at the wheel! Visit the library to learn more about this amazing database.

Stylesight is an image library that contains over two million images of Women's, Men's & Children's fashion as well as Interiors, including coverage of all Designer Collections from New York, Paris, London, Milan, Los Angeles, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and more. It includes fashion buzz on the streets and store windows of key fashion & interior design stores of all of these major cities as well as Tokyo, Hong Kong and the South of France. Vintage, Denim, Color, Trade Shows, Celebrity Fashion, Flats Sketches, original Graphic Design, and Mood Images are some of the topics covered. New content is uploaded daily.

Our favorite new feature? Trend Watch...

Monday, August 3, 2009

Trunk Show! August 7th












Elli Grace Willow Bend
tel. 214-793-7890

About Us
Elli Grace woman is fun, whimsical, feminine and easy going. A woman in love with fashion and in search of a value. She is confident in her style and mixes labels to achieve her own personal look. She is both feminine and sexy and unmistakable in her look. Elli Grace is an artist, a lover, a daughter, a friend, she is you.

Sojung “Sue” Yang


Born in Seoul Korea , Sue graduated from Parsons School of Design in 2001. She worked for Donna Karan and later for Manuel. In 2005 she was appointed Director of Women’s Design for Manuel. She launched the Manuel collection in New York Fashion Week to great reviews and positioned the brand for celebrity use and magazine editorials. In 2008 she left Manuel to launch the label, Elli Grace.


Lamarr Nanton

Born in St.Croix USVI, Lamarr attended Florida State University. He worked for Giorgio Armani where he pursued his passion for garment construction. At Armani, Lamarr learned hand tailoring techniques and worked with exquisite fabrics and gowns. In 2005 he was appointed Director of Men’s Design for Manuel. He launched the collection in New York Fashion Week. In 2008 he left Manuel along with Sojung Yang to launch a new label and return to his passion for couture and women’s wear.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Need to Design Your Website?

Even students need to build an online presence, and for graduates, a website is a non-negotiable. Wix.com can help you create a beautiful site!

Here's what their site says:
Wix offers you a simple powerful online platform to make flash websites, MySpace layouts and more.

No downloads or programming needed.
And since creating with Wix is free, you can Sign Up and try it yourself!

Job Board

Check out our Student Job Board (see our link to the Job Board Blog to the right)! We are posting jobs continually, and I will also post volunteer opportunities on this Blog.

Industry experience is vital. Get yours now!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

August 15 Workshop - Sign Up Now

July 28, 2009


Dallas Market Center and Los Angeles-based Fashion Business, Inc. will offer a one-day workshop for students and apparel entrepreneurs on August 15, 2009. Those interested in retail business and operations can work side-by-side with industry professionals, Frances Harder and Dana Fried, as they explain the complex process of starting and operating an apparel company or retail store.

Frances Harder, Founder and Executive Director of Fashion Business, Inc. and Dana Fried, CEO of Delphic Consulting Group, will team up to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to create a successful business. Harder and Fried will cover topics including: finding the right manufacturer, branding and marketing, legal issues and licenses, and much more.

Harder is the author of the Fashion for Profit textbook which is used in design schools around the world. From 2002-2006 Harder was voted one of California’s most influential people by California Apparel News. Fried was the COO of luxury footwear line Taryn Rose, managing their wholesale and retail growth from $8 million to $25 million in only two years. He is now the CEO of Delphic Consulting, which specializes in apparel, footwear, manufacturing and service organizations.

Please pass this information along to your students, faculty members, and the entrepreneurial individuals in your community.
For more information, times, fees and registration instructions, please visit http://fashionbizinc.org/ or e-mail info@fashionbizinc.org.


Sincerely,


Alden Clanahan
Vice President of Special Events and Visual Merchandising

Welcome!

Welcome to our new Fashion / Retail Informational Blog! As a resource to students and graduates of The Art Institute of Dallas, we will be continually posting industry-related information and will invite Guest Bloggers to provide inside-information. Please email Julie at jjanik@aii.edu if you would like to ask a question or suggest a topic. Also, ALWAYS feel free to leave comments.