Exhibit Opening Reception & Panel Discussion
Streamlined: Designers Share Their Stories
Sunday, November 6, 2016 | 2 PM – 4 PM
Central Library | First Floor Gallery
500 McKinney St., 77002
Meet six of the designers highlighted in the exhibit and learn the stories behind their beautiful garments. HCC Fashion Design Professor Alex Chapman will moderate a panel discussion including special guest, Houston Designer and Project Runway contestant Chloe Dao.
Chloe Dao is an entrepreneur, fashion designer and owner of Chloe DAO boutique in Houston, TX (formerly LOT 8). Chloe discovered her love of fashion at the age of 10 while watching CNN’s Style with Elsa Klensch. She then pursued her passion in New York City where she earned a patternmaking degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Chloe won Project Runway Season 2, which catapulted her from local designer to international superstar.
Gonzalez is a Texan-raised Mexican that discovered fashion design through his love of theater. Last summer one of his designs was shown on KPRC's Great Day Houston and recently his designs were featured at the River Oaks Country Club for the 2016 Passion for Fashion Luncheon.
Fizer gravitated toward sewing by watching her mother and sisters sew for the family. Bridget holds an associate degree as a paralegal from Texas School of Business, an honorary doctorate of divinity from Latin School of Theology, and is a life coach with Kairos Institute of Personal Discovery. She is currently pursuing a degree in fashion design from Houston Community College.
Dupas has studied cosmetology in Louisiana and North Carolina. She has won many hair competitions and has owned a hair salon in Houston. She has found her true passion in fashion design and this Spring was nominated for the Musselman Award in Dallas and placed third in the Casual/Sportswear category. Kitty has earned her associate degree in fashion design from Houston Community College.
Born and raised in Argentina, Otaola was brought up in a family that taught her the value of being creative at every instance. She ended up in Houston in 1999 and soon fell for the dynamic and diverse city. Here, Silvia studied jewelry and sculpture at the Glassell School of Art and now fashion design at Houston Community College.
Growing up with a fashion designer mother, Nadarajah knew that she was going to make the world beautiful and extraordinary. She chose a new career path after being an English teacher for ten years in Argentina. Recently, Nadarajah founded Infinite Possibilities for All, a non-profit that shares Peru’s treasures with the rest of the world.
Teresa is a Houston Community College fashion design student whose designs have been featured at events such as Passion for Fashion and Great Day Houston. She has won various awards such as Houston Community College Student of the Year, awards in Pattern Making and Technical Excellence, as well as numerous awards at FGI Dallas Career Day.