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DEC 16

Fashion Industry Gallery Announces Venny Etienne as January 2020 Featured Designer

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Every new designer knows what an honor it is to be a contestant on Project Runway. Appearing on the long-running fashion design competition show is a dream come true for those looking to break into the industry. Just ask Venny Etienne.

Following his appearance on Season 17 of Project Runway in mid-2019, this up-and-coming Dallas designer and his brand, Levenity, achieved a new level of national recognition. This, following many stellar pre-television achievements. Fast forward to the present, and Fashion Industry Gallery is proud to welcome Venny Etienne as our Featured Designer at the Spring 2/Summer Market, January 22 – 24, 2020.

Etienne grew up as the youngest of six siblings in Brooklyn, New York. His early life revolved around the church, and his passion for design was first established with the opportunity to create outfits for church fashion shows. He’d go on to attend the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City, and later transferred to Dallas’ Wade College, where he graduated as salutatorian of his class with a degree in Merchandising and Design.

Etienne subsequently earned numerous awards for his signature modern sportswear and eveningwear designs, including National RAW Artist Designer of the Year 2015, Fashion Group International Best of Sewing Award 2015 and COSIGN Magazine 2017 Designer of the Year. In 2018 he earned his most prestigious award to date, the Fashion Group International of Dallas Rising Star Award. His appearance on Project Runway followed in 2019, where he earned three episode high scores and finished in the top seven for the season.

Etienne’s brand Levenity showcases “advanced contemporary women’s ready-to-wear sportswear,” hallmarked by black-and-white silhouettes and striking pops of color. Details such as studs, feathers and vinyl inlays add drama to mix-and-match separates including jeans, jackets and full-length vests. Levenity by Venny Etienne has been worn by celebrities including Cardi B, Niecy Nash, Angela Simmons and Michelle Williams.

Venny Etienne is Fashion Industry Gallery’s Featured Designer for Spring 2/Summer Market, January 22 – 24, 2020. A visual installation of his designs will be displayed in the f.i.g. lobby throughout market, and the designer will make personal appearances on January 22 at 10 a.m. and January 23 at 5 p.m.

Fashion Industry Gallery is open to the trade only. Click here to register and attend f.i.g. markets.

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