Stephens Senior Holly Hmielewski unveiled her collection of dresses and swimwear at The Night of the Stars Fashion and Lifestyle Awards sponsored by the Dallas Fashion Group International on Friday.
Hmielewski has been working on the collection since May, when she won the Musselman Fashion Design Award at the Fashion Group International of Dallas Career Day Awards.
The latter, named after the late Shelly Musselman, co-owner of the Forty-Five Ten emporium in Dallas, came with a $10,000 prize and the chance to design the collection under the mentorship of Forty-Five Ten Owner Brian Bolke.
The six-piece collection doubled as a tribute to Texas, said Kirsteen Buchanan, an associate professor of fashion and design who accompanied Hmielewski to Dallas.
The pieces featured patterns inspired by the monarch butterfly, the official state butterfly, blue bonnets, the Texas state flower and Texas blue topaz.
Audience members “thought it was stunning,” Buchanan said. “The garments were outstanding. It was really an amazing, cohesive collection, very professionally done and very striking.”
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