We had a wonderful 2012 show! Click on each square to meet the team behind the show:
Award winning designer Sarah Jones sees fashion as an empowering method of self-expression and embraces “dressing how you want to feel.”
After growing up in Houston, TX, Sarah moved to Los Angeles where she earned a degree in Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising (FIDM). Sarah furthered her studies at the University of North Texas, earning by earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Merchandising with a minor in Business Marketing.
Sarah founded STATUS to provide women with a wardrobe that would be versatile and different enough to keep up with their exploration of a modern world.
Fimîka translates artistic expression into quality clothing made with respect for the environment and social welfare. Made in the USA, our garments are created under fair labor practices and healthy conditions. Our clothing features all natural fibers that are organic whenever possible.
Founders Fifile Nguyen and Michelle French met in their first design class at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating, they traveled through Europe and South America, respectively. Inspired by their travels and experiences, they conceived the idea of Fimîka, and were united through their mutual frustration of the lack of art and integrity in design available for the smart, environmentally conscious consumer. Fimîka is for the modern woman who is always finding herself on some kind of adventure.
Darian Designs by Darian Thomas, launched in 2007, is a sophisticated contemporary brand with edgy, confident and playful sensibilities. Each collection plays on a contrast between a sophisticated silhouette and a flirtatious style. Always complimenting the female silhouette through flattering fits while exuding confidence and individuality through colors, textiles, and unique combinations. Chic, Glamorous, Designed for the CONFIDENT!
The Aquatica Collection - I combined bright, multicolored printed chiffon; luminous sheen jersey; vibrant solid satins and georgettes to reflect the multidimensional and faceted works of Chihuly’s Sea forms and infinite colors, textures, and movements of the ocean. This combination of fabric textures creates silhouettes that emulate ocean waves and the delicate swirls and ripples within Chihuly’s glass works.
The jewelry pieces, designed reflect the elements of underwater life in shape and color using materials such as onyx, lava, mother of pearl, kale, crystal agates and free form shaped chain. This blend of bright ocean colors, clean solids, unique silhouettes, and bold statement jewelry exude sophistication, strength, confidence, and femininity.
Lindsay Weatherread is a native of Dallas, Texas and was always interested in fashion, but her first love was dance. Formally trained since the age of 3, she won competitions on a regional and national level. She then continued on at Oklahoma City University with a dance scholarship and was a member of the "American Spirit Touring Dance Company" and taught dance for a number of years thereafter.
Realizing that she had developed an interest in fashion design, she subsequently attended El Centro Community College for Fashion and Pattern Design. She is now honored to be a member of the El Centro College Fashion Advisory Board. While still in school for Fashion Design, she was signed on by Link Artist Resources as a fashion stylist for print and film.
Lindsay pushes her limits as a designer who wants to perfect the draping and fabric manipulation technique, and calls her unmistakable style “Origami for Your Body.” Creating an organic and non-organic line for women and baby, working as a fashion stylist, producer, and casting for the photo industry, L.Weatherread is sure to be a staple in the fashion and design world for years to come.
Lindsay also has a strong compassion for charitable causes and contributes to Leukemia Lymphoma Foundation, Center for Brain Health, DOTS terminally ill, TAPS, and other traumatic brain injury charities. Lindsay is currently the New Face and Development Director for The Campbell Agency in Dallas.
Gadol has won several national design awards,
including the New Day Associates Designer of the
Year, the Canadian Club Designers Showcase, and
the Golden Designer Award. He designed costumes
in productions of Dream Girls, The Wiz, Evita and
more. His menswear collection at South Africa Fashion Week was featured on FTV and in Tanzania, Kenya, Nigeria, Ethiopia and the USA.
He returned to studies in 2011 to complete his Fashion Degree at El Centro College. His esthetic draws from his travels and exuberant lifestyle. He chooses fabrics and textures that tell their own story and gives them a structured design that allows both the individual and textile to shine through his concepts.
RSC Show Productions
Rhonda Sargent Chambers has been a respected figure in the event production and fundraising community for over 30 years in the North Texas area. She produces experiential events and fashion shows for prominent clients, assisting greatly in fund-raising events for many organizations through her company, RSC Show Productions, established in 2001.
Some of Rhonda’s current production commitments include Children's Cancer Fund, The Elisa Project’s Esteem Fashion Show, Careity Foundation's Branded Show, Mane Gait Therapeutic Riding Center, Fashion Group International’s Annual Career Day, Lauren Scruggs Benefit, Texas Discovery Gardens, The Dallas Opera Red Carpet, Texas Parks Wildlife Foundation and the Baylor Health Care System Foundation’s events.
She is an Advisory Board Member for The Art Institute and TCU’s Fashion Merchandising programs as well as a Board Member for The Elisa Project. Other notable fashion show retail clients include Barney’s, Dillard's, Elements, Macy's, The Plaza at Preston Center, Neiman Marcus Children's Conclave, NorthPark Center and Tootsies.
Rhonda forte’ is managing people! She unifies production partners and gracefully manages all vendors involved, for the sole purpose of making her clients' events seamless, unique and memorable with winning results!
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Featured Student and Alumni DesignersEl Centro College
Christine Scott, Denise Baysinger, Tamara Durham, Daniela Espinoza, Melissa Hoover, Mitsu Ishikawa, Hee Jun Kang, Ittal'ee Lyons, Oogii Sanjaa, Jordana Smith
Alumni: Norma Cuevas, Jacque Kindle, Lilit Matevosyan, Zulma Pineda
Jacqueline Dominguez, Jay Grishby Jr., Becca Lewis, Alyx Martinez, Brittney Marcus, Brydric Wright
Parsons School of Design
Emmanuel Campos - Alumnus
Why Organic Fashion?Live organically: Think beyond the produce aisle. At Texas Discovery Gardens, we connect organic gardening to the bigger picture of a holistic lifestyle.
To put it simply, organic products have been made without synthetic pesticides or fertilizers. It goes beyond fruits and vegetables at the market. You can now find organically grown cotton, organic beauty and health products, and more.
If you’re organically farming or just growing a backyard butterfly garden, you are creating a healthy, vibrant ecosystem of plants, insects, & animals.
At our Butterfly House, we control pests like mealy bug by mechanical means: removing pests by hand or cutting back diseased plants.
Outside, we place plants where they receive optimal sunlight, soil and water needs. Healthy plants are stronger and repel pests more easily. Organic gardeners also feed soil life, which then gives plants the necessary nutrients without the need for synthetic fertilizer. Incorporating manure and compost into the soil surrounding plants is important for organic gardening.
It really is all connected. If you garden organically, you can see the difference in beneficial insects and wildlife in your backyard. Imagine the difference on a large-scale farm that produces food or fiber!
Enjoy an evening of fashion led by WFAA’s Gloria Campos and Ron Corning. This year’s show features multiple up and coming designers, including students in fashion design at El Centro College, Wade College, and Baylor University.
The evening begins with hors d’oeuvres, wine and champagne courtesy Barefoot Wine & Bubbly, and music to accompany our new eco boutique featuring eco-friendly clothing, jewelry, accessories, home goods and more. The organic fashion show follows with sizzling sustainable pieces.
Featured vendors for our Eco Boutique include:
EcoArmoire – Eco-friendly clothing for ladies and girls, utilizing organic, recycled and vintage fabrics and embellishments. Details: ecoarmoire.com
Walleska Ecochicc -- As an Ecologically Conscious Organization, Walleska Ecochicc’s primary focus is People and Planet. Stunning accessories and clothing are made from recycled soda tabs. Details: ecochicc.com
Wunderkammer Culture – dainty and whimsical jewelry and accessory collection offering wearable curiosities. Details: wonderkammerculture.etsy.com
Holy Kombucha – refreshing, artisan batches of kombucha (fermented mixture of tea and sugar cane) in flavors like blood orange and green apple ginger. Details: holykombucha.com
Found Objects Studio – Artcycletx is a movement that encourages everyone to re-purpose, re-design and re-distribute unused (or gently-used) art related resources and supplies. This can come in many forms...trade, barter, sell, or gifting. Details: artcycletx.blogspot.com
A percentage of proceeds from the eco boutique go to Texas Discovery Gardens and support the expansion of our EarthKeepers® children’s education programs and sustainability initiative.
The show will be photographed by official Texas Discovery Gardens photographers, InI PhotoGraphics. A huge thank you to Chipotle for donating dinner for our hardworking volunteers!
6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. – Eco Boutique
7:30 p.m. – Organic in the City Fashion Show
8:30 p.m. – Meet the Designers; Eco Boutique