THURSDAY, MAY 28, 2020
DOORS: 6:30, SHOW: 8:00
Celebrating the 5-year anniversary of Nicholas Nguyen’s debut on the Austin Fashion Week runways, we are incredibly excited to bring this former BERNINA Fashion Fund Showcase winner back for a complete retrospective of his career thus far.
In 2015, a young Nicholas Nguyen had a dream and a ton of ideas. When he first applied for Austin Fashion Week, he sent in only sketches. They were brilliant. He promised that the craftsmanship of his couture gowns and custom menswear, made by hand in his native Vietnam, would be unlike anything AFW had seen before. We took a chance on a young designer and his vision. And boy are we glad we did.
At this incredibly special show, celebrate Nicholas as he gives us a sampling of looks from every collection he’s ever created along with a brand new look into his current season. 60 looks later and you’ll have to remove your jaw from the floor.
The Arc of the Capital Area, a nonprofit organization, is committed to empowering Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families through compassionate case management and innovative programs.
Austin Fashion Week is excited to host Arc models as we redefine what it means to be a runway model.
DASHE is a local Austin fashion brand headed by Danielle Shepherd- a self-taught designer/stylist/creative director/seamstress. The brand features maximalist aesthetics under the seemingly impossible task of maintaining modern sustainability standards. All clothing is designed and produced at the DASHE atelier in Austin, TX. At DASHE we aim to amplify the vibrance of individuality while honoring our clients’ commitment to economic, environmental and social responsibilities.
Red Berry woman fashion show 2018
The name Sister Virginia originated from a nickname between sisters whose tastes and styles could not be more different, or “diabolically opposed” as designer June Higgins describes it. Higgins, a lawyer turned fashion designer, decided to try nurturing her creative side when she quit her job as a vice president in the legal department of a financial services company, sold her Houston townhouse and moved to New York to attend FIT. Back in Austin to launch Sister Virginia, with a focus on fun and stylish outerwear and day looks for professional women, Higgins also works as a tutor with students at Austin School of Fashion Design. It was at ASFD that Higgins took classes that facilitated her application portfolio to FIT. All outerwear looks are cruelty free as SV uses no skins, furs or real feathers in designs. As SV is currently handling custom orders only, the looks shown at the Fashion by Austin, Bernina Fashion Fund Showcase, will officially kick off the launch of Sister Virginia.
Diana Boch was born in Seoul, South Korea, to Mexican-American father Alfredo Miranda and Korean born mother Yong Nan Yun. Diana spent the first 5 years in South Korea while her father was stationed at Kunsan Air Base, before moving to the United States. From there, she lived in California, Mississippi, Texas, among others, going from military base to base.
From a young age, Diana knew she wanted to be an artist. Along her journey, she has won awards for her artwork, attended the Art Institute of Las Vegas majoring in animation, received an Associate’s Degree for Fashion Design at the California Design College, and has worked in the fashion industry, sharpening her skills and learning new sewing techniques for the past 10+ years.
Diana is currently busy working on a new clothing collection for her clothing brand relaunch, while raising a family. Diana is the mother of 4 amazing boys and is married to Myles Boch, having recently celebrated their 10 year wedding anniversary.
My brand stands for equality and freedom of creative expression. We have all been that one person who has felt different, odd, the weird kid. This brand unites all people from all walks of life. I like to integrate different people from different cultures as well as different people from different walks of life. I like to tell a story through each thread and each garment.
Growing up, all I ever wanted was to address the most eccentric without even knowing it. I want people to feel comfortable dressing as eccentric as they please without judgement. I am here to start a new wave that supposed genre and Fashion where art is anything you can get away with. We have had to smile with her white teeth for too long when our lungs feel black from the toxicity and emotions and perceptions of the world. I’m here to create that balance for Fashion.