Meet the 2018 Designers
Hold on to your handbags Triad Fashionistas – we have some big news about Greensboro’s favorite fashion fundraiser, Triad Goodwill’s Rock the Runway!
Not only are we thrilled to introduce you to our seven talented designers, but this year Rock the Runway has a theme!
In honor of the Elm Street Center’s history, each of our designers have randomly selected a decade ranging from the 1940s – 2000s to inspire their seven looks.
Now, without further ado, meet our designers!
Virginia Cole (1940s) – After working in cosmetology for 17 years, Virginia decided to study her first love, fashion. She is a graduate student at UNCG in the Consumer, Apparel, and Retail Studies (CARS) program. Virginia is motivated by art, and her desire to create offerings that are outside the cookie-cutter world of department store fashion.
Three words that describe her design aesthetic are international, modern, and eclectic.
LaShawn Millner (1950s) – Influenced by Roberto Cavalli and motivated by his daughter, LaShawn launched his design career and company, Designs By DeAngelo in the fall of 2015. Since making his debut at New York Fashion Week, LeShawn has continued to design in order to empower, uplift, and motivate the plus-sized, full-figured and curvy community.
Three words that describe his design aesthetic are classy, sexy, and daring.
Shaunielle Foster (1960s) – Shaunielle is of Trinidadian descent, a New York native, an MBA student, the founder of a non-profit, a mother, and an NC certified foster-parent – and that’s not even the whole list! She learned to design from the women in her life, and is continuously motivated by her children and the expressions on their faces as they watch her create new materials.
Three words that describe her design aesthetic are, eclectic, collaborative, and revolutionary.
Georgann Schultz (1970s) – Born the middle of 5 children, Georgann spent a lot of time shopping in thrift stores and then watching her mother design and repurpose their finds into stylish clothing for the whole family. Since honing her sewing and pattern-making skills, she’s been designing costumes for theatre programs, Renaissance fairs, and historical weddings. When she’s not designing, she’s helping members of her community as an RN, which she’s been doing so for 30 years.
Three words that describe her design aesthetic are edgy, fantasy, and comfortable.
Amber Kapas (1980s) – Ohio native and donut aficionado Amber has been sewing since 2009, when she decided to learn how to make her own prom dress. From there, she landed her dream job in the fashion industry and is currently a Patternmaker at VF in Greensboro. Inspired by Alexander McQueen and her favorite One Tree Hill character, Peyton Sewer, Amber is looking forward seeing where the non-traditional fabric elements used in this competition will take her designs.
Three words that describe her design aesthetic are: fierce, exclusive, and cultivated.
Desiree Hedrick (1990s) – Desiree is a senior honors student at NC A & T studying Fashion Merchandising and Design. She’s studied abroad in Florence, Italy and recently completed a 7-week internship at Maison de Papillon in New York City. Each day she strives to help women feel cherished, appreciated, and loved through fashion design, and is motivated by the hard working women in life – her mother and grandmother.
Three words that describe her design aesthetic are chic, vibrant, and bold.
Jasmine Rhodes (2000s) – At the top of her junior year at NCSU, Jasmine decided to make the switch from pre-med to her true passion, fashion. In 2013 she graduated and has since completed her MBA in Marketing. Using her grandmother’s sewing machines, Jasmine created her own brand, Kitty & Rhodes. It’s a combination of her business side and fun alter ego. She’s motived by her goals of being published in a major magazine, styling celebrities for the red carpet, and giving back through charity events.
Three words that describe her design aesthetic are feminine, fun, and timeless.
Photos Courtesy: Torey Searcy Photography