s/s '18 designers
KCFW is thrilled with the talent that will be on our runway in October 2017. All designers are listed in alphabetical order. Please see the Schedule/Tickets page for information on which night each designer is showing their collection.
Amanda is a graduate from University of Hawaii at Manoa in Fashion Design and Merchandising, class of 2014. While in school, she interned for local Hawaiian designer, Allison Izu. With Allison, she was able to touch on all aspects of a small fashion business.
Once she graduated, she moved to Virginia, where she started her own line in May of 2015. She was then selected as one of eight designers for the inaugural class of the DC Fashion Incubator at Macy's Metro Center. The year long program focused on creating a platform to showcase emerging talent in DC, as well as increase the designers' business acumen in the business of fashion. In order to grow, she decided that she needed to participate in events outside of DC, events which included a partnership with Harlem Fashion Row and Latina Magazine for a presentation of her A/W '16, the fashion panel at Hispanicize in Miami and the Emerging Designer Bootcamp in Phoenix Fashion Week, where she debuted her S/S '17 collection. Her most recent accomplishment has been showing her collection at New York Fashion Week in partnership with The DC Fashion Incubator with Macy's and The American Red Heart Association for the Red Dress Collection.
Her design philosophy is based on the duality of hard lines and delicate details, sculptural shapes, refined minimalism, a mix of structured feminine silhouettes, and androgynous shapes.
"Fashion is not something thats exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street: fashion has to do with the ideas, the way we live, what is happening."--Coco Chanel.
Designer Barbara Bultman is inspired by things that are all around her and things that effect the world. She is a Saint Louis based designer and every time she begins a new collection she tries to take in everything that she knows to create something that is innovative and will inspire others. Her F/W collection Voltaic 2017 was inspired by natural energy resources, such as solar panels and wind farms.
Barbara graduated from Lindenwood University with her BFA in Fashion Design and a minor in Studio Art in May 2015. A few of her accomplishments include winning Designer of the Year at Pins and Needles in 2015 and also at Phoenix Fashion Week of 2016. She will also be opening her own boutique in St. Louis in May 2018. She likes to create pieces that are structural, sophisticated, and detail oriented, while still showing the silhouettes of the female body. She also creates one of a kind jewelry pieces for both men and women. She sees fashion not as labels, but as a way people can express themselves without saying a word. Fashion is all around us, sometimes all you need to do is look.
Bethany is a Kansas City-based costume and fashion designer, with a passion for sci-fi, anime, and videogames. Her interest in designing fashion and costumes was inspired early-on by her favorite fantasy characters which later developed into an intense passion for sewing.
Originally self-taught, she realized garment construction perfectly encompassed all of her scattered creative talents, and went on to obtain a degree in Apparel and Textiles. She now sews professionally full-time and participates in a number of costuming and fashion events throughout the United States. She also designs, constructs, and tailors costumes and clothing for private clients. Her experience has been furthered by participating as an apprentice in the F/W 2017 Kansas City Fashion Week show as well as showing her designs at West 18th Street Fashion Show.
Her upcoming collections will provide an eclectic blend of ready-to-wear pieces with avant-garde elements, including motifs inspired by alternative fashion, historical costume, and various nerdy subcultures.
The world is a whirl pool of kinetic energy waiting for a spark to change the landscape of our society. SYKE Brand is a brewing tsunami of a new generation of urban intelligence rising from the ashes that says we will lead the charge.
We want to elevate the brain to the heights of society and style it with the fire that sets the world free. This world has been gripped by greed. We will force the change by colliding with the minds that change the world. It’s time to drop the ego and wear the brain outwardly.
We are here to Style Your Known Existence for the world to see your inner beauty. Nobody can steal that god code you have pumping through those veins. People all over the world need our help. Children are starving. People’s spirits are busted from the defeat of a broken system that steals a person’s joy and pride. We will bring clothing and Intel around the world to say that YOU have a god streak that needs to be highlighted. Elon Musk is assembling spaceships to commercialize our trips to Mars to save mankind from future over population. As Neil DeGrasse Tyson is bringing science to the forefront of society, we want the world to understand that intelligence should be the foundation we build upon. Intelligence working together will re-assemble the world so that it works for every person on the planets.
Creative minds never sleep. Clothing the minds that change the world. Urban Intelligence.
Streetwear with Elegance. The Renegades of Atomic Age. Build the world you see.
Originally studying for a degree in Business at Pittsburg State University, Cassandra quickly found her love of designing wedding dresses, finding inspiration from hours of flipping through bridal magazines and dreaming of the gown she would wear to her own wedding some day. When the time finally came to find a wedding dress for herself, she searched tirelessly for the perfect dress only to find that she’d rather custom design it – leading to her passion of designing wedding dresses. Her goal is to provide brides with their dream gowns at an affordable budget. She is currently selling her wedding dresses from her home at an online shop. While she always knew she wanted to work for herself, she never imagined her dream would lead her to where she is today.
A feminine spin on the original quote, "A jack of all trades is a master of none, but oftentimes better than a master of one." Jane of All focuses on athleisure for women, and dabbles in lingerie, accessories, menswear and even clothing for dogs. A true lifestyle brand for all active men and women.
Maret Cissner is a clothing designer and sculptor in Kansas City, MO. Jaime Zuverza is a graphic artist and musician in Austin, TX. Together they have created CISSNER/ZUVERZA, a collaborative brand formed over a shared love of bold patterns, the absurd, and staying up way too late. The interplay between 2D, 3D, and 4D design drives their practice across state lines and cultural identities. Through both analog and digital techniques of designing, printmaking, sculpting, and sewing, they interpret iconic design elements from the last century for a fresh audience by creating both clothing and accessories that showcase their experience in all aspects of design. With a dystopian future not hard to imagine, their inaugural line aims to empower positive connections and celebrate inclusiveness through design.
Growing up in a family heavily involved in the fashion and textile industry, Gabriela found herself immersed in the fashion world from a young age. She started designing at age 15, participating in many different classes to learn everything she could about garment construction. Living a well rounded life, Gabriella found herself competing in beauty pageants, educating others on the many aspects of the fashion industry, and traveling the world through a career in tourism. Her many different interests led to the creation of her brand, Gabriela International Productions, in honor of her family’s involvement in the textile industry. Her International brand is representative of the history, tradition, and culture of Peru, translating into daring designs with beautiful fabrics to create pieces of art. Her clothing incorporates diversity in color and ethnic styles, creating designs that combine style and culture from all over the world.
Georgina Herrera was raised around jewelry and fashion her entire life. Her family owns a manufacture jewelry business in Mexico, but she never envisioned herself working in the industry. Herrera received her bachelor’s degree in Industrial Psychology and a Masters in International Relations. She began her career as an International Trade Sales Representative for a jeans brand in Mexico. After starting her family 4 years later, Herrera began working in jewelry with the MCK brand, a prominent Mexico-based jewelry brand, where she could help support her family with less travel obligations. She introduced the brand to department stores in Mexico, South America and Europe. In 2006, Herrera moved to Kansas City where she again introduced the MCK brand in the United States. In 2010, she opened her first company, MCK Jewelry LLC. As business flourished, Herrera opened her first retail store in 2014 in Leawood, KS. She was awarded Women Minority-Owned Business of the Year in 2015.
Georgina has been working in the jewelry industry and has been participating in many Jewelry Trade Shows for years, which gave her the experience and knowledge to better understand the world of fashion. In 2015, she developed her own line of jewelry within the MCK brand, labeled Georgina Herrera. Her achievements include having her designs featured in many different magazines and local television, accepting an award as the Women Minority-Owned Business of the Year in 2015 from the state of Kansas, and graduating from Scale Up Kansas City, Cohort 2016.
She knows that being a part Kansas City Fashion Week will be a greater opportunity to help her building her brand in the Midwest and later nationwide!
Jamesia Manning is an emerging self-taught fashion designer that designs men’s and women’s clothing, with a special niche towards outerwear. Her brand caters to a business professional customer that would like a stylish yet classic look. She has previously participated in a fashion show at Macy's and is looking forward to returning to Kansas City Fashion Week to build a bigger platform for her brand.
Jon Fulton Adams has always had a great interest in fashion. He discovered his label's name 'Queen's Rocket' in a Victorian book - it means "the height of fashion" in the language of flowers. He has been designing under that label for over a decade. Jon's degree in Fashion Design comes from the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he also studied costuming and history. His recent work has been on local stages. He has designed for the Unicorn, the Coterie, Heart of America Shakespeare, and several other local theater troupes. Jon's work has been featured in Ink Magazine, the Pitch, Kansas City Spaces, KC Stage, Vital Voice, and other publications. He has shown his collections at La Esquina, and taken Queen's Rocket to Magic in Las Vegas three times. He was also recently featured in Tom Atwood’s book of photography, Kings and Queens in Their Castles, and was featured in the LA Times.His menswear is couture driven, using vintage fabrics and precise tailoring. It is for an urban-minded man that wants to stand apart from the crowd. Jon takes inspiration from historical costuming, vintage accessories, and stagecraft.
Joshua Christensen is a Fashion Designer based in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from design school, Joshua was chosen as a contestant for the hit design show, Project Runway. After filming, Joshua then returned to school to complete the graduate program at FIDM. He was hired shortly after to design menswear for a worldwide brand. After a time, Joshua decided to work on his own brand and projects, focusing on custom, one-of-a-kind designs. Joshua has had opportunities to show at fashion weeks nationwide, work with high-end clients, and product collections season after season.
Kansas City native Justin Houpe has created his clothing line, Naava Swim, to inspire confidence with modern style for women. His vision is to create fresh, masterful designs. As a proud United States Army Veteran who served a tour in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, Justin’s passion for the power of design only flourished as he discovered just how significant it could be for coping with the exertions of war. After ending 9 years of his service with an honorable discharge, Justin returned home to Kansas City and vowed to immerse himself into the professional development of his design talents. Kansas City Fashion Week has been a dream of Justin’s from the very beginning.
Kendra J Harris started Kendra J Bridal in 2016. She has been a designer in the Kansas City Area for three years and a seamstress for eighteen years. She started a clothing line because she loves creating – she believes that garments are a form of expression, mood, and personality. What people wear describes them as a person whether it is intentional or not. The goal of a true designer is not to just describe their own personality through their designs, but to design with the personality of a client in mind. This is what Kendra does with al of her designs. Every collection is different and tells it’s own story.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, Leo currently resides in California to pursue his love of fashion with intent to study at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. His accomplishments range from successful pop-up shops to styling different musicians and professional athletes in Los Angeles. Being a professional athlete, Leo has reached his fashion goals through competing in events all over the world, learning to sew through his travels and taking inspiration from all over the world to create his clothing. His designs feature interpretations of styles from different cultures displayed in functional clothing for the man or woman on the go that doesn’t want to sacrifice their fashionable appearance.
Maria celebrates the creative fusion of color and luxury. Her goal is to create apparel that makes every woman look and feel extraordinary. Her vision is a result of experience she has gained from coast to coast, from the revolutionary ESPRIT brand in San Francisco to HYPE in Los Angeles. In New York, Maria designed for Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. and fashion icon Nanette Lepore, and has had her designs featured from NY Fashion Week to ready-to-wear. Now home in Kansas City, Maria is an instructor at KCAI and JCCC passing on her knowledge to eager students. She also wants to help re-establish the fashion renaissance in Kansas City. Her collection is proudly made in the U.S.A to her fine standards of workmanship.
Meghann Wheelock of Ethel and Dean is a Kansas City based fashion designer with 7 years experience working in the Los Angeles and Kansas City Fashion Design Industry. She has designed for companies such as Guess Jeans, Betsey Johnson, Target, Gossip Girl Swimwear, Hula Star Swimwear, LaurenJames Swimwear, and Dillard's GB Juniors and Girls Swimwear.
Meghann graduated from FIDM in 2010 after participating in their annual Debut Fashion program. Her personal brand, Ethel and Dean, debuted at the KCFW Fall/Winter '17 show. Ethel and Dean is a children's clothing line that takes traditional kids themes and inspiration and applies them to fashion forward silhouettes. Meghann's designs for Betsey Johnson have been featured in Cosmopolitan Magazine and Women's Wear Daily.
Michael attended half of a semester at The Academy of Art College in San Francisco, studying knitwear design, but quickly dropped out and went at the design process on his own. He purchased a “prehistoric” knitting machine from a yarn shop but it took him two years before he actually made a dress that could actually be worn. The dress ended up in the hands of a professor at Washington University who later hired Michael to design garments for many dance and theater shows. Michael also designed for Skif International and worked for The Opera Theatre of St. Louis. Primarily a knitwear designer, Michael finds inspiration from architects, buildings, and bones. This is Michael's fifth time presenting a collection at KCFW. Michael is known for being a Project Runway veteran (season 8). His client list includes Tika Sumpter and Heidi Klum and his work has been showcased alongside Alexander McQueen, Viktor and Rolf, Maison Martin Margiela, Iris van Herpen and Pam Hogg.
High school senior, Miranda Hanson, started sewing at the age of eight. With the help of You-Tube, she has taught herself everything show knows about sewing and creating clothing. She became very serious about sewing when she entered high school and began making dresses for several friends and costumes for productions.
She has previously shown her collections at Omaha Fashion Week, The Fashion Gala, Kent Bellows Salon Night, and Kansas City Fashion Week. She has also been recognized by local newspapers multiple times. She plans to study fashion/costume design in college with her dream to be a designer under her own label or a costume designer for musicals.
Natalia Alvarez, born and raised in Garden City, Kansas, began pursuing an education in Fashion Design at Johnson County Community College in 2014. She began sewing at the age of 14 and continued to study fashion through the entirety of her high school career, quickly realizing her love for designing. She hopes to work in product development or as a technical designer someday to gain enough experience to create her own brand, and is looking forward to growing her experience in the fashion industry through Kansas City Fashion Week.
Nataliya Meyer always knew she was going to be creating clothing. It was somehow woven into her, just like learning to speak or how to write. She believes beauty will save the world. No matter how childish it sounds, she tries to make it happen by little things that one person can do. She is obsessed with her work and is very lucky to have it as an addiction that is creative rather than destructive. Almost every minute of her adult life she has been haunted with clothing: its creation, its fit, and its design.
She makes clothing that has to be perfect. Her process starts as an inspiration of something she sees, hears or reads. Then it evolves into images that would, in her mind, relate to the clothing she's making.
She always wanted to be noticed in a crowd. A lot of her inspiration came from researching historical heritage of many parts of the world. Her style of work is very diverse, but however different the clothes may be, the quality is always the highest.
Natasha is a Spring 2017 graduate from the fashion program at Johnson County Community College. During her time there, she participated in their annual fashion show in 2016 where her collection ranked second place landing her a scholarship. She also recently participated in the #MakeitYours Designer Challenge held by KCFC, KCFW, and Oak Park. Through the development of her brand, SHANGARI, she hopes to portray a luxurious, bold, & eccentric brand, inspiring people along the way with her extensive knowledge in the fashion industry.
Ngan Vuong is the owner and designer behind eNVe Designs, LLC. Ngan is a self-taught jewelry artist who specializes in one of a kind, statement pieces in natural stones and metals. She began designing and creating jewelry for others in 2008 and has sold her designs to customers all over the world. Ngan debuted her first runway collection in 2015 at Kansas City Fashion Week and has since been featured alongside other Kansas City designers at the West 18th Street Fashion Show and several other KCFW runway collections. Her work has also been featured in various fashion magazine editorials and publications, local TV segments, and many local charity events. Inspiration can be drawn from everywhere she looks, but Ngan is most often drawn to organic, free-form elements and colors found in nature. When designing, she gravitates toward rough and raw gemstones and raw metals, using a combination of the two to create modern, versatile designs. eNVe Designs strives to capture the balance between edge and elegance, creating its own harmonious aesthetic.
nguyet nguyen - gjni
Originally from Vietnam, Nguyet enjoyed sewing clothing for her dolls and pets as a child. She learned how to sew from tailors before later moving to the United States. She is currently studying at Johnson County Community College and is excited to be a part of an event as large as Kansas City Fashion Week, in hopes to expand her brand further. Her inspiration for her collection comes from bias cuts and 3D lace.
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Pamela Renee' is an experienced fashion designer, tailor, and clothing construction teacher. She is a graduate from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and a former Technical Designer of Lee Jeans. Pamela is known for her custom bridal gowns, highly skilled tailoring ability, and designing special occasion attire for men and women. By participating in Kansas City Fashion Week, she hopes to expand her customer base and become a more established designer.
From Overland Park, Kansas, Rachel is a womenswear designer who loves classic fashion with a modern twist. Her ideal customer is a busy woman who wants to achieve effortless, chic style. She has been studying at Johnson County Community College for three years and has developed two collections in this time, one of which earned first place in the annual fashion show held at the school with her second collection to be showcased this year. She loves experimenting with different textiles to see how much they can change a woman’s appearance and attitude, mixing textures, colors, and patterns along the way for a wearable statement.
Rebekah has loved fashion for as long as she could remember. She is currently studying Apparel Design and Technology at Johnson County Community College. Rebekah has shown her first small collection through her school and loved it so much that she hopes to show a new collection in the spring of 2018. Rebekah's brand is inspired by a vintage feel with the use of repurposed materials. She enjoys using unique textiles that you wouldn't normally see in everyday clothing. Her number one goal is to empower women everywhere with stylish clothing while making them feel amazing in what they're wearing.
samirah alotaibi - masisa
Samirah Alotaibi is currently an international graduate student at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. She has an MFA in Textile Design from East Carolina University. Most of her designs showcase the mix of the contemporary with ancient traditional technique. She has participated in many shows in Lincoln, Nebraska as well as Greenville, North Carolina. Her goal is to reflect her cultural background into wearable clothing, participate in a real way in the fashion industry, and network with other reputable designers in the Midwest.
Tobie Roberts began sewing in 5th grade and found her interest in evening wear with couture influences. She is now a Senior Fashion Design and Product Development major at Stephens College in Columbia, MO. While in college she has interned in Chicago and New York for different companies spanning from bridal wear to accessories. She will be designing and producing her upcoming collection in Paris during her studies at the Master Couture Class through the Arts of Fashion Foundation taught at the Louvre by Stephanie Coudert. Outside of college Tobie owns a fashion based non-profit, The Green Prom Movement, and recently launched her bridal line, Tobie Marie and pageant brand extension Oliviet by Tobie Marie in August of 2016. Her pageant designs can be seen on the Miss KS USA stage, at the National American Miss National pageant, and many more. Her interest lies in providing custom and one of a kind designs to women and girls across the country of all abilities and hopes to create change among the fashion industry to create inclusive fashion. She is excited to be a part of Kansas City Fashion Week for the second time and bring her learned couture skills from Paris back to the Kansas City area.
The best designs come from a life well-lived. Tonya’s fashion interests reflect her love of riding horses and travel. She is inspired by the Western lifestyle and the feel of being a free-spirited gypsy soul. She has always created one-of-a-kind items for herself due to seeing a lack of what her personal style entails in the fashion industry. Tonya gained her formal experience starting at Johnson County Community College. After graduating with an Associates of Applied Science of Arts in Fashion Design, she furthered her education by going to Stephen's College in Columbia, Missouri, where she graduated with a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and Product Development. Through her lifetime and college career, she has submitted collections at both JCCC and Stephens College for annual fashion shows. One of her accomplishments include being presented with the award of Best Collection: Most Marketable for a collection she showed at Stephens College.
A graduate of Paseo Academy of Fine & Performing Arts, Travis is now a sought after fashion stylist and designer best known for his effortless take on glamour. Having worked as a fashion stylist for over 15 years, Travis has nurtured and developed a strong sense of style and a genuine understanding of the human body. These tools are essential to creating powerful personal images that enhance the natural nuances of his clients.
Cultivating an impressive clientele of athletes, models, actors, singers/musicians, entertainment personalities, socialites and executives, Travis recognized that his work was not only gratifying but his true passion in life. Helping people achieve their goals and dreams through stylistic transformation is not just a career but a calling Travis believes in. His touch is sensitive and skilled yet honest and direct. He considers each client's personality, lifestyle, and social needs then works to create and customize the perfect look.
Today he works with celebrities, musical artists, successful business persons, and even stay-at-home moms to reshape their images and give them the confidence necessary for success. He has been featured on different television programs and in several magazines around the world. As Travis continues to gain recognition as a forward-thinking fashion stylist and designer, he looks forward to presenting his style to clients around the world.
Owner of YORO creations, Yolanda is a self-taught custom design jewelry artist. She has been featured in several different publications, local television, fashion shows, and countless collaborations with other designers. One of her accomplishments includes being awarded Accessory Designer of the Year as a part of Raw Artist Organization, a competition including over 9,500 participants. YORO designs aims to create pieces that are unique, bold, and timeless.