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2009 FASHION SHOW DESIGNERS

CORJOR

Ean Williams used his two oldest sons' names, Corey and Jordan, to coin “Corjor” as his label's name. After landing in the pages of Upscale Magazine (Feb. 2004) and gracing the cover of the Prince George’s Gazette, Williams decided to go one step further and enable the world to see the tremendous designing talent that is thriving in the nation's capitol by producing and sponsoring DC Fashion Week. He is dedicated to helping other aspiring designers show their collections and build their businesses. He is also an advisory board member for the Black Fashion Designers Association, Inc. In 2003, Williams won the "INDIE Best Menswear Designer" award in New York. Corjor International has three brands: Corjor Sport, Corjor Menswear and available by special order -- Corjor International Couture.

DIALLO

A native Washingtonian, born the son of a great artist, Diallo felt naturally inclined to be involved in the arts. Diallo excelled in such area's as drawing, sculpting while other talents he kept secret such as writing, and composing music, and poetry. With his love for design, Diallo received a certificate in architectural drafting which didn't really excite him. So in 1998 he joined the craze of hand painted t-shirts which Diallo's works of art were distinct among the common cartoon character. So there did his start in fashion come. He absolutely loved to go out in the public scene and see people wearing his pieces, but Diallo yearned to see his creation in more sophisticated settings. So he transitioned from an urban t-shirt designer, to an upscale dress designer. Studying at the "Academy of Art University" Diallo learned the basics of fashion design, fascinated at the process of creating full lines. In the early 2000's he began making a name for himself in DC as one of the premiere Couture designer's in the area with his vision, and style, and his renowned "I know what looks great on a woman" attitude. With his relentless creative ability, the sidewalks will never be the same, as we make way for "The Diallo Woman". She is unpredictable, sexy, strong and confident. The woman who looks at herself, and loves what she sees.

EMORE J

Entrepreneurs Are Born Not Made, says the 22yr old fashion specialist from Washington, D.C. Emore'J Couture an artistic designer that has a true passion for eccentric and abstract wearable art is taking the fashion industry by storm. Emore'J was influenced to pursue the fashion design at the age of fifteen in his sophomore year of High School. EmoreJ feels that he started off creating garments like any other urban designer, basic denim fabric, bleach, scissors and variety color paints were the 4 elements to the making of Emore'J Couture.

By the year 2003 Emore'J and his new Pop Art Couture Collections were featured in Prominent east coast productions such as DC-FASHION WEEK, MD-FASHION WEEK, NOVA Fashion Week and GOLDEN SCISSOR AWARDS.

Now in the year 2009 Emore'J is an established and steady rising Fashion Specialist offering Event Coordinating, Model Management, Wearable Art, Personal Styling and Production Management to various clients within the East and West coast region. Emore'J future goals for his company are to have the opportunity to travel near and far to network and clientele with various fashion specialists on an assortment of Fashion assemblies.

HEYDARI

Mariam Heydari has garnered a loyal following for more than 25 years. Consistently buying designer clothing may lend itself to curiosity and mystique about the personality of the designer. But her success is built not on personality, but on her personal touch, attention to detail and unique styling. Mariam states, “as a clothing retailer for 28 years, I learned that clothing has to be comfortable while in motion as well as at rest. I desire that each piece works together to produce a piece of art that provides long-lasting pleasure - a statement of individual style that will be worn with pride.” There is no mass production involved in Heydari, which provides customers with clothes of distinction that are never shocking. Heydari wraps the wearer in elegance through a process of layering, manipulation and addition of appropriate elements until the final vision is achieved. Behold texture, color and uneven lines and enjoy Heydari’s wearable art!

RENEE FRANCE DESIGNS

Renee France Designs is by fashion designer Renee Hill and has become the epitome of haute couture fashion. Her product line Renee France Designs caters to the needs of women and children. Renee has often stated, “I believe we express our feelings through the colors and textures we choose for our clothing.” Renee France Designs helps others see the true and beautiful person inside the clothes and enhances the wearer’s natural beauty no matter their size or shape. Creating designs from the conceptual image to the finished garment, Renee France Designs provides personal attention for those occasions where “off the rack” will not do. Specializing in Special Occasions, Active wear and Outerwear, Renee France Designs will create a masterpiece to suit any event. Renee was a featured panelist for the Organization of Black Designers Baltimore Design Conference, showcased designs at the Jacob Javits Center Boutique Show, designed a two piece infant’s snowsuit which was showcased in the window of Macy’s in New York, created an outfit for a male clown which was featured in the Universoul Circus, worked in several showrooms as sales rep. assistant/designer assistant in the Garment District in NY, as Sales Rep in ATL Mart and the Charlotte Mart, featured designer for Ashley Sharpton’s Youth Program, Harlem Ink, fashions featured in the Big Gospel Fest youth program at Six Flags in MD, and this is her fourth year showcasing with DCFashionWeek. Renee France Designs is currently featured in the DEKKA Showroom in Adams Morgan in DC. 1338 U St, Washington DC 20006.

STELLA BONDS

StellaBonds is an exciting new label from the Nation's Capital. A graduate of design programs in both the US and DesignEurope. StellaBonds unifies old world craftsmanship and elegance with new world style and sensibilities. Centered on men's sportswear and high-end women's shoes, the designer Stella, is a native of Bogota, Colombia, who blends her sensual and sophisticated South American roots with the vision and vitality of her experiences living in the US. The line features bold, brilliant, unique designs.

 

THOMAS LA' VONE 

Woodard won International Design for the Cover of Style 2000 Awards Gala where Nicole Miller was the featured designer. After graduating from San Diego Mesa College in the Fall of 1999, Thomas moved back to New Jersey and began to freelance at companies like Mamieye Children Wear, Victoria 's Secrets, DKNY, Nautica Children, His International and Willie Wsco. He then landed a job as a technical designer for Jones New York in 2000 where he began to get the understanding of ready to wear fashion. He was then offered a job as a Dress Designer at Coolwear where he designed and developed the entire line for JC Penny's in dresses. After leaving Coolwear he decided to launch his fashion design business freelancing and was featured as a designer at Nabru Fall 2003, Essex County Fashion show2002, 2003 & 2005, Fox News 2002, film festival at Madison Square Garden 2002, Howard University Picnic 2002 , Black Expo 2002, WBLS Circle of Sister 2002, Newark Community Center Aid Benefit 2002 and Symphony Hall 75th Anniversary 2001 Newark, NJ. Recently Thomas was a semi-finalist in the Show "The Cut" feature by Tommy Hilfger 2005. 

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