Senior Holly Hmielewski recently returned from Dallas where four of her designs were featured in the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS annual runway fundraiser.
House of DIFFA Masquerade 2014, held March 29, attracted roughly 2,000 patrons who wore theatrical masks, hats and other eccentricities. Garments on the runway were also paired with extreme accessories, including Hmielewski’s carousal-themed dress and galaxy-themed swimsuit. A fringe dress she designed for Night of the Stars Gala in Dallas last year was also in the show, as was a LED-lit gown that will be showcased in Hmielewski’s senior collection at The Collections student designer show on campus April 26.
You might recognize Hmielewski’s name. Her carousal dress and galaxy swimsuit earned her the Musselman Award at the Fashion Group International of Dallas Career Day last spring. That prize came with $10,000 and a chance to design a collection for the Night of the Stars event under the guidance of Brian Bolke, owner of Forty-Five Ten.
The dress also made an appearance at a Sunglass Hut fashion show in Los Angeles this semester. Hmielewski and Melinda Thiedig ’14 had pieces selected for the Sunglass Hut Runway Show at the Beverly Hilton.
Back in Dallas, Hmielewski said she visited with a lot of the same people who attended the Night of the Stars event. Although she said Dallas’s fashion community has embraced her as one of their own, she has a job waiting for her in Los Angeles when she graduates next month. Hmielewski will work under a senior designer at Clover Canyon, a clothing line that features vivid, hand-engineered prints. It’s a “dream job,” Hmielewski said.
Her long-term goal is to have her own fashion line.
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