2013 Texas Next Top Designer Winner
We're very proud to crown Lucy Dang as our TEXAS NEXT TOP DESIGNER!
Texas’ Next Top Designer, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to nurturing diverse entrepreneurs by supporting business development for the fashion and aligned industries.
Texas’ Next Top Designer, Inc. hosts the “Search for Texas’ Next Top Designer” competition which is conducted as a selection process for grant recipients. Texas’ Next Top Designer, Inc. occasionally host seminars and workshops that are created to address specific professional needs discovered throughout the grant selection process. We actively pursue partnership opportunities with local colleges, professional organizations, other industry groups, and non-profits to support our goal of providing meaningful resources for all past and future grant applicants.
Grant applications are accepted once per year. The current application will be posted with instructions and deadlines following announcemnt of the next Search.
In addition, Texas’ Next Top Designer, Inc. creates and sponsors events to support local designers throughout the year. Make sure to visit the Events section to see what‘s coming next!
Texas’ Next Top Designers is a 100% volunteer, 501c.3. organization.
Elaine Raffel – Vice Chairman – Marketing Director, Stanley Korshak
Abi Ferrin – Designer and Owner, Abi Ferrin
Geoffrey Henning – Design Director, JCPenney
Debra Jones – Owner, Jones 2000 and Beyond
Kate Wagner – Partner, Campbell Wagner Runway
GIANNA MADRINI - is a style and fashion editor, fashion journalist, presenter and executive producer of Global Fashion News, a television and film production company based in New York City with production offices in Dallas, Texas. Initially studying liberal arts, Ms. Madrini did a work placement at Detour Magazine, graduating to assisting roles in editorial and went on to work for publications such as Avenue Magazine, Hamptons Magazine and Elle In New York. Her past magazine publishing work provides her with a unique insight into the world of fashion. Madrini has served as Fashion Editor of Global Fashion News for more than10 years where she directs and produces the company's fashion and design coverage for television broadcast networks. She has edited and produced documentaries and programs for E Entertainment, Fox, Univision, and Lifetime. www.globalfashionnews.com
DIANE REEVES - is the President and owner of D. Reeves Productions. D. Reeves Productions is an agency that has a comprehensive background in fashion, guiding clients threw the process of launching clothing lines, producing fashion shows domestic and internationally, art directing photo shoots, promoting store openings, organizing trunk shows, and creating memorable special events. Diane has done everything from producing an event for the Country Music Awards to being a judge and consultant for BRAVO TV's "The Fashion Show". www.dreevesproductions.com
BRET MCKINNEY - is the Director of Visual Merchandising and Fashion Presentation at Stanley Korshak since 2000. Bret studied finance and music performance at the University of Tulsa. From fashion show production to photo shoots to the fantastic displays for Stanley Korshak, Bret has a love for visuals. Some of Bret's biggest fashion show fundraisers each year includes the Texas Ballet Theater's Ballet Luncheon and Fresh Faces of Fashion benefiting the Suicide Crisis Center. He is also a stylist with the Campbell Wagner Runway Agency in Dallas, Texas and does numerous freelance jobs throughout the region. His passion lies in philanthropic as serving on the Board of Directors for Texas' Next Top Designer, the Young Leadership Board for Gilda's Club North Texas and The Limelight Group Board.
JACKSON - New Jersey native, Jackson, has become as much apart of Dallas culture, as I.M. Pei is to Dallas city skyline. With over 15 years of success in the interior, furniture, and jewelry designing industry; Jackson transitioned into a position that changed the very existence of customer care. As the Corporate Concierge for Barney’s New York for over six years, he is the most highly recognized and respectedConcierge in Dallas. Jackson is now the President of Dallas’ premier Lifestyle Management Company, FLUENT. His navigation dexterity and passion to exceed client expectations, allows those who have the opportunity to encounter him, experience only the finest of Dallas’ social, cultural, and entertainment scene. Jackson serves on the board of Texas Next Top Designer and Corporate Concierge, Inc. as the Vice President of Special Events.
TERESA NGUYEN - is the Founder and President of RED iD agency, a leading advertising and public relations agency specializing in creating and refining identities for individuals and corporate clients. Her clients include visual artists, musicians and bands, authors, non-profits, small to mid-size businesses to leading corporations. Her entrepreneurial spirit combined with her love for philanthropy lead her to co-Found the Janan Collection with her sister Ty, employing and empowering widowed Iraqi women to create art to provide for their children. Nguyen recent recognitions include the CBS KRLD "Community Hero" award as well as profiled in the Ft. Worth Star-Telegram's list of "individuals making a difference in their field."
KASIA BENSON - is in-house Corporate Counsel for Essilor, a worldwide leading manufacturer of ophthalmic lenses. She is also the founder of Wardrobe Peace, which provides consulting services to busy professionals while facilitating the donation of clothing to low-income job seekers in the community. Kasia is the author of "Fashion Fridays," a column which appeared regularly in the Texas Lawyer and on Law.com.
MAXINE TROWBRIDGE - is the Founder and CEO of PinkMemo.com. British born and American by choice, entrepreneur Maxine Trowbridge refers to herself as a Britican. A dedicated Fashionista at an early age, and inspired by designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Thierry Mugler, and Rifat Ozbek, Max absorbed the fashion industry as her mantra. After stylish studies at the London College of Fashion, Max began designing for an established British luxury fashion house - Mansfield, a collection coveted by Princess Diana. Max moved to Dallas with her husband Ben in 2003 and collaborated her passion for the Internet, marketing and fashion, and created the concept for PinkMemo.com. Max supports the SPCA, and is an avid supporter of the local art community as a Board Member for the Dallas Contemporary and Texas Next Top Designer.
RACHEL WATKINS - is the Marketing Director and Contributing Editor for Modern Luxury Dallas magazine and Dallas Brides magazine. From planning seasonal rounds of posh parties to reporting on the freshest trends and latest scenes, Rachel enjoys covering the city's haute spots. You can check out some of her work in the latest issues of Modern Luxury Dallas and Dallas Brides, as well as online at dallas.modernluxury.com
BRIDGET BOGESS - is the owner and wardrobe stylist at Dress Marie. A former professional dancer and self-proclaimed fashionista, Bridget has continually been involved in the world of creative arts. Today, she is the vision behind Dress Marie, a wardrobe styling company located in the Dallas and Houston areas. Dress Marie strives to make their clients feel modern, authentic, radiant, and interesting through the services of wardrobe management, image consulting, and personal shopping.
JACQUELINE STODOLNIK - is a visual artist specializing in graphic designs for fashion events. Originally from Austin, Stodolnik received her degree in fashion design at the Art Institute of Dallas and now designs cheerleading unifoms at Varsity Spirit Fashions.
MONICA PI - is the Event Manager for Texas Star Meeting and Event Facility, a private 15,000 square foot meeting and events venue in Dallas, Texas for corporate meetings, team-building, social events, wedding receptions, and unique private parties for groups up to 900 people. With a background in design for women’s apparel, children’s apparel, and upscale silk bedding, creative services for commercial photography, and event planning, Monica has been producing fashion shows, photo shoots, visual displays, and special events with a focus on self-expression and human connection. Just a few of the clients that she is blessed to have worked with include American Airlines, AT&T, Deloitte Tax LLP, Neiman Marcus, Pepsi Co., Southwest Airlines, Texas Instruments, The Container Store, and US Weekly. Also an active member of Meeting Professionals International, a mentor with Big Brother Big Sister, and a passion for producing and participating in Independent Charity Art, Fashion, and Entertainment events, Monica Pi has a proven track record of delivering service excellence with a little twist of fabulous. www.TexasStarDallas.com
JUANITA HARRIS - After practicing accounting for ten (10) years, Juanita took a giant leap of faith and quit her job to attend law school to fulfill a life long dream of becoming an attorney. Upon graduating, cum laude, from the Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law, she was hired as an Honors Attorney by the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division in Washington, D.C. During her nine (9) year tenure in the Antitrust Division’s Telecommunications Section, Juanita was a recipient of the Attorney General's Outstanding Contribution Award for her work on a case involving the merger of two major radio broadcasting entities. After leaving DOJ, Juanita joined federal regulatory legal team of Southwestern Bell Communications, Inc. (now AT&T) in Washington DC. She was later transferred to Dallas where she acted as lead in-house counsel on major fraud litigation matters which has resulted in significant judgments and settlements for AT&T, and she has negotiated commercial contracts with telecom carriers, and state and local governments. Juanita is a recipient of President Barack Obama’s 2012 President’s Volunteer Service Award for her volunteer efforts. As Chair of the AT&T Legal Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Pipeline Committee, Juanita recently implemented the Street Law for Justice program in the AT&T legal department, whereby the AT&T attorneys in several cities across the country act as mentors/connectors to economically disadvantaged inner-city students. She also volunteers as a Junior Achievement AT&T connector/mentor. As a committed supporter of the Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas, Juanita volunteers on the Financial Services committee to ensure economically disadvantaged girls are provided the necessary resources so that they may actively participate in the Girl Scout experience, and she started a troop geared to specifically catering to girls with working parents who wanted to be involved in their daughter’s scouting experience. Juanita is from Dallas, Texas and currently resides with her family in Plano, Texas.