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Emerging Perspectives: Barbara Riordan

When you see a vibrant, royal, and chic ensemble full of color and life, you may elude to faction that is a Witty By Codi piece. In getting to know this emerging designer, she is full of passion to create, innovate and execute style in the fashion industry. Codi has a humbling heart and infectious smile, but her drive to succeed is just as impressive.

Kevina: Fashion is art. What is your inspiration as you create your art?

Codi: My thought process is organic. I’m inspired by a plethora of things. I’m also inspired by other designers.

K: In your opinion, what is the next wave of fashion?

C: I’d say bringing fashion concepts to life with 3D fashion printing!

K: How often do you create?

C: I create everyday! At the least, 6 times a week.

K: If you could meet any fashion icon, who would it be, and why?

C: Tracee Ellis Ross. Her style resonates with me. I will reach her acquaintance someday.

K: Yes! I can see her in a Witty by Codi piece!

K: What type of garment best describes your personality?

C: A fun, flirty, waistline skirt!

K: You most definitely can piece a skirt with anything and it comes to life!

K: How do you feel the Midwest represents fashion?

C: I feel like we don’t express life as much through fashion in the midwest, and we should!

If you’ve ever seen a Witty by Codi piece on the runway, she most definitely knows how to make a statement of expression! We are so excited to see what she brings to the Emerging Designer Competition!

If you haven’t already done so, purchase your tickets at www.indianafashionweek.com so that you to can experience the magic that Codi brings to the runway!

The Indiana Fashion Week Runway Shows are on June 22nd, 2019 at the Crane Bay Event Center, Indianapolis Indiana. Visit our website for more information.  See you there!

Emerging Perspectives: Codi Banks

Codi Banks

When you see a vibrant, royal, and chic ensemble full of color and life, you may elude to faction that is a Witty By Codi piece. In getting to know this emerging designer, she is full of passion to create, innovate and execute style in the fashion industry. Codi has a humbling heart and infectious smile, but her drive to succeed is just as impressive.

Kevina: Fashion is art. What is your inspiration as you create your art?

Codi: My thought process is organic. I’m inspired by a plethora of things. I’m also inspired by other designers.

K: In your opinion, what is the next wave of fashion?

C: I’d say bringing fashion concepts to life with 3D fashion printing!

K: How often do you create?

C: I create everyday! At the least, 6 times a week.

K: If you could meet any fashion icon, who would it be, and why?

C: Tracee Ellis Ross. Her style resonates with me. I will reach her acquaintance someday.

K: Yes! I can see her in a Witty by Codi piece!

K: What type of garment best describes your personality?

C: A fun, flirty, waistline skirt!

K: You most definitely can piece a skirt with anything and it comes to life!

K: How do you feel the Midwest represents fashion?

C: I feel like we don’t express life as much through fashion in the midwest, and we should!

If you’ve ever seen a Witty by Codi piece on the runway, she most definitely knows how to make a statement of expression! We are so excited to see what she brings to the Emerging Designer Competition!

If you haven’t already done so, purchase your tickets at www.indianafashionweek.com so that you to can experience the magic that Codi brings to the runway!

The Indiana Fashion Week Runway Shows are on June 22nd, 2019 at the Crane Bay Event Center, Indianapolis Indiana. Visit our website for more information.  See you there!

Emerging Perspectives: Yemisi Sanni

Yemisi Sanni

Unconventional, Bold, and Sculptural. This is how our next highlighted emerging designer describes her pieces of designed art. The excitement I have for Indiana Fashion Week has been catapulted into the rushing desire to experience what they all have to bring to the competition! Monique Burts, of “Mo Gio”, and I had a few moments together, check out our dialogue:

Kevina (K): Monique, what is your perspective on fashion?

Monique (M): Turning anything into something fashionable! Whether it’s computer paper…

K:  Wait, PC paper??

M: Yes, creating sustainable fashion. PC paper, cardboard, any old thing to turn into a new piece.

K: Wow, absolutely wonderful. So with that being said, in your opinion, what’s the next wave of fashion?

M: Sustainability. I’d like to be amongst the pioneers to take old pieces, such as the restoration done to a TOMS shoe, and recreate them. This actually started for me in college. While having low income, I’d go to Goodwill and get fashionable items to make, thus sustaining fashion.

K: I’m just so amazed how you say you make fashionable items out of old items.

M: *chuckles* Yes, yes!

K: So Monique, next question: what type of garment would you say best describes your personality?

M: I’d have to say my first garment made at Herron School of Arts.

K: How old were you?

M: I was 19.

M: It was made of computer paper. It was fun, sculptural, colorful, and had a presence about it. That’s me. A walking exhibition.  See, fashionable art can come from anywhere, you don’t have to spend thousands.

K: This is so true!

K: If you could meet any fashion icon, who would that be?

M: The Dutch fashion designer, Iris Van Herpen. I love her work. She works with 3D technology, dramatic shoes. I actually drove to Ohio in inclement weather to one of her exhibits. It changed my outlook on fashion. Inspiring.

K: And that’s awesome how you manned the weather to go see her exhibit in another state.So, where do you see your fashion career going in the next 5 years?

M: I’d like to break the platform for wearable artwork. Especially for young African American girls to express themselves in this way. I’d like to bridge the gap between sculptural and wearable art.

K: It was grand speaking to you and learning more about you! I’m excited to meet you in person!

M: Likewise, I’m excited as well, thank you all so much for this opportunity!

Monique is not only an artist in the land of garments, she is also an enthusiast and maker of visual art. In her spare time, she loves to paint, cook, binge watch her favorite TV shows and, most of all, spend time with family.

At the conclusion of our interview segment were laughs, and the high anticipation of seeing how this wearable, sustainable fashion will hit the runway on June 22nd! Get your tickets today — you don’t want to miss it! Go to https://Indianafashionweek.com for more information or to purchase!

Emerging Perspectives: Chloe Greenwell

Chloe Greenwell

Unconventional, Bold, and Sculptural. This is how our next highlighted emerging designer describes her pieces of designed art. The excitement I have for Indiana Fashion Week has been catapulted into the rushing desire to experience what they all have to bring to the competition! Monique Burts, of “Mo Gio”, and I had a few moments together, check out our dialogue:

Kevina (K): Monique, what is your perspective on fashion?

Monique (M): Turning anything into something fashionable! Whether it’s computer paper…

K:  Wait, PC paper??

M: Yes, creating sustainable fashion. PC paper, cardboard, any old thing to turn into a new piece.

K: Wow, absolutely wonderful. So with that being said, in your opinion, what’s the next wave of fashion?

M: Sustainability. I’d like to be amongst the pioneers to take old pieces, such as the restoration done to a TOMS shoe, and recreate them. This actually started for me in college. While having low income, I’d go to Goodwill and get fashionable items to make, thus sustaining fashion.

K: I’m just so amazed how you say you make fashionable items out of old items.

M: *chuckles* Yes, yes!

K: So Monique, next question: what type of garment would you say best describes your personality?

M: I’d have to say my first garment made at Herron School of Arts.

K: How old were you?

M: I was 19.

M: It was made of computer paper. It was fun, sculptural, colorful, and had a presence about it. That’s me. A walking exhibition.  See, fashionable art can come from anywhere, you don’t have to spend thousands.

K: This is so true!

K: If you could meet any fashion icon, who would that be?

M: The Dutch fashion designer, Iris Van Herpen. I love her work. She works with 3D technology, dramatic shoes. I actually drove to Ohio in inclement weather to one of her exhibits. It changed my outlook on fashion. Inspiring.

K: And that’s awesome how you manned the weather to go see her exhibit in another state.So, where do you see your fashion career going in the next 5 years?

M: I’d like to break the platform for wearable artwork. Especially for young African American girls to express themselves in this way. I’d like to bridge the gap between sculptural and wearable art.

K: It was grand speaking to you and learning more about you! I’m excited to meet you in person!

M: Likewise, I’m excited as well, thank you all so much for this opportunity!

Monique is not only an artist in the land of garments, she is also an enthusiast and maker of visual art. In her spare time, she loves to paint, cook, binge watch her favorite TV shows and, most of all, spend time with family.

At the conclusion of our interview segment were laughs, and the high anticipation of seeing how this wearable, sustainable fashion will hit the runway on June 22nd! Get your tickets today — you don’t want to miss it! Go to https://Indianafashionweek.com for more information or to purchase!

Emerging Perspectives: Jenn Felts

Jennifer M Felts

Unconventional, Bold, and Sculptural. This is how our next highlighted emerging designer describes her pieces of designed art. The excitement I have for Indiana Fashion Week has been catapulted into the rushing desire to experience what they all have to bring to the competition! Monique Burts, of “Mo Gio”, and I had a few moments together, check out our dialogue:

Kevina (K): Monique, what is your perspective on fashion?

Monique (M): Turning anything into something fashionable! Whether it’s computer paper…

K:  Wait, PC paper??

M: Yes, creating sustainable fashion. PC paper, cardboard, any old thing to turn into a new piece.

K: Wow, absolutely wonderful. So with that being said, in your opinion, what’s the next wave of fashion?

M: Sustainability. I’d like to be amongst the pioneers to take old pieces, such as the restoration done to a TOMS shoe, and recreate them. This actually started for me in college. While having low income, I’d go to Goodwill and get fashionable items to make, thus sustaining fashion.

K: I’m just so amazed how you say you make fashionable items out of old items.

M: *chuckles* Yes, yes!

K: So Monique, next question: what type of garment would you say best describes your personality?

M: I’d have to say my first garment made at Herron School of Arts.

K: How old were you?

M: I was 19.

M: It was made of computer paper. It was fun, sculptural, colorful, and had a presence about it. That’s me. A walking exhibition.  See, fashionable art can come from anywhere, you don’t have to spend thousands.

K: This is so true!

K: If you could meet any fashion icon, who would that be?

M: The Dutch fashion designer, Iris Van Herpen. I love her work. She works with 3D technology, dramatic shoes. I actually drove to Ohio in inclement weather to one of her exhibits. It changed my outlook on fashion. Inspiring.

K: And that’s awesome how you manned the weather to go see her exhibit in another state.So, where do you see your fashion career going in the next 5 years?

M: I’d like to break the platform for wearable artwork. Especially for young African American girls to express themselves in this way. I’d like to bridge the gap between sculptural and wearable art.

K: It was grand speaking to you and learning more about you! I’m excited to meet you in person!

M: Likewise, I’m excited as well, thank you all so much for this opportunity!

Monique is not only an artist in the land of garments, she is also an enthusiast and maker of visual art. In her spare time, she loves to paint, cook, binge watch her favorite TV shows and, most of all, spend time with family.

At the conclusion of our interview segment were laughs, and the high anticipation of seeing how this wearable, sustainable fashion will hit the runway on June 22nd! Get your tickets today — you don’t want to miss it! Go to https://Indianafashionweek.com for more information or to purchase!

Emerging Perspectives: Misty Dodson

Misty Dobson

Unconventional, Bold, and Sculptural. This is how our next highlighted emerging designer describes her pieces of designed art. The excitement I have for Indiana Fashion Week has been catapulted into the rushing desire to experience what they all have to bring to the competition! Monique Burts, of “Mo Gio”, and I had a few moments together, check out our dialogue:

Kevina (K): Monique, what is your perspective on fashion?

Monique (M): Turning anything into something fashionable! Whether it’s computer paper…

K:  Wait, PC paper??

M: Yes, creating sustainable fashion. PC paper, cardboard, any old thing to turn into a new piece.

K: Wow, absolutely wonderful. So with that being said, in your opinion, what’s the next wave of fashion?

M: Sustainability. I’d like to be amongst the pioneers to take old pieces, such as the restoration done to a TOMS shoe, and recreate them. This actually started for me in college. While having low income, I’d go to Goodwill and get fashionable items to make, thus sustaining fashion.

K: I’m just so amazed how you say you make fashionable items out of old items.

M: *chuckles* Yes, yes!

K: So Monique, next question: what type of garment would you say best describes your personality?

M: I’d have to say my first garment made at Herron School of Arts.

K: How old were you?

M: I was 19.

M: It was made of computer paper. It was fun, sculptural, colorful, and had a presence about it. That’s me. A walking exhibition.  See, fashionable art can come from anywhere, you don’t have to spend thousands.

K: This is so true!

K: If you could meet any fashion icon, who would that be?

M: The Dutch fashion designer, Iris Van Herpen. I love her work. She works with 3D technology, dramatic shoes. I actually drove to Ohio in inclement weather to one of her exhibits. It changed my outlook on fashion. Inspiring.

K: And that’s awesome how you manned the weather to go see her exhibit in another state.So, where do you see your fashion career going in the next 5 years?

M: I’d like to break the platform for wearable artwork. Especially for young African American girls to express themselves in this way. I’d like to bridge the gap between sculptural and wearable art.

K: It was grand speaking to you and learning more about you! I’m excited to meet you in person!

M: Likewise, I’m excited as well, thank you all so much for this opportunity!

Monique is not only an artist in the land of garments, she is also an enthusiast and maker of visual art. In her spare time, she loves to paint, cook, binge watch her favorite TV shows and, most of all, spend time with family.

At the conclusion of our interview segment were laughs, and the high anticipation of seeing how this wearable, sustainable fashion will hit the runway on June 22nd! Get your tickets today — you don’t want to miss it! Go to https://Indianafashionweek.com for more information or to purchase!

Emerging Perspectives: Unfollowed Creators

Dontae and Chey

Unconventional, Bold, and Sculptural. This is how our next highlighted emerging designer describes her pieces of designed art. The excitement I have for Indiana Fashion Week has been catapulted into the rushing desire to experience what they all have to bring to the competition! Monique Burts, of “Mo Gio”, and I had a few moments together, check out our dialogue:

Kevina (K): Monique, what is your perspective on fashion?

Monique (M): Turning anything into something fashionable! Whether it’s computer paper…

K:  Wait, PC paper??

M: Yes, creating sustainable fashion. PC paper, cardboard, any old thing to turn into a new piece.

K: Wow, absolutely wonderful. So with that being said, in your opinion, what’s the next wave of fashion?

M: Sustainability. I’d like to be amongst the pioneers to take old pieces, such as the restoration done to a TOMS shoe, and recreate them. This actually started for me in college. While having low income, I’d go to Goodwill and get fashionable items to make, thus sustaining fashion.

K: I’m just so amazed how you say you make fashionable items out of old items.

M: *chuckles* Yes, yes!

K: So Monique, next question: what type of garment would you say best describes your personality?

M: I’d have to say my first garment made at Herron School of Arts.

K: How old were you?

M: I was 19.

M: It was made of computer paper. It was fun, sculptural, colorful, and had a presence about it. That’s me. A walking exhibition.  See, fashionable art can come from anywhere, you don’t have to spend thousands.

K: This is so true!

K: If you could meet any fashion icon, who would that be?

M: The Dutch fashion designer, Iris Van Herpen. I love her work. She works with 3D technology, dramatic shoes. I actually drove to Ohio in inclement weather to one of her exhibits. It changed my outlook on fashion. Inspiring.

K: And that’s awesome how you manned the weather to go see her exhibit in another state.So, where do you see your fashion career going in the next 5 years?

M: I’d like to break the platform for wearable artwork. Especially for young African American girls to express themselves in this way. I’d like to bridge the gap between sculptural and wearable art.

K: It was grand speaking to you and learning more about you! I’m excited to meet you in person!

M: Likewise, I’m excited as well, thank you all so much for this opportunity!

Monique is not only an artist in the land of garments, she is also an enthusiast and maker of visual art. In her spare time, she loves to paint, cook, binge watch her favorite TV shows and, most of all, spend time with family.

At the conclusion of our interview segment were laughs, and the high anticipation of seeing how this wearable, sustainable fashion will hit the runway on June 22nd! Get your tickets today — you don’t want to miss it! Go to https://Indianafashionweek.com for more information or to purchase!

Emerging Perspectives: Monique Burts

Monique Burts

Unconventional, Bold, and Sculptural. This is how our next highlighted emerging designer describes her pieces of designed art. The excitement I have for Indiana Fashion Week has been catapulted into the rushing desire to experience what they all have to bring to the competition! Monique Burts, of “Mo Gio”, and I had a few moments together, check out our dialogue:

Kevina (K): Monique, what is your perspective on fashion?

Monique (M): Turning anything into something fashionable! Whether it’s computer paper…

K:  Wait, PC paper??

M: Yes, creating sustainable fashion. PC paper, cardboard, any old thing to turn into a new piece.

K: Wow, absolutely wonderful. So with that being said, in your opinion, what’s the next wave of fashion?

M: Sustainability. I’d like to be amongst the pioneers to take old pieces, such as the restoration done to a TOMS shoe, and recreate them. This actually started for me in college. While having low income, I’d go to Goodwill and get fashionable items to make, thus sustaining fashion.

K: I’m just so amazed how you say you make fashionable items out of old items.

M: *chuckles* Yes, yes!

K: So Monique, next question: what type of garment would you say best describes your personality?

M: I’d have to say my first garment made at Herron School of Arts.

K: How old were you?

M: I was 19.

M: It was made of computer paper. It was fun, sculptural, colorful, and had a presence about it. That’s me. A walking exhibition.  See, fashionable art can come from anywhere, you don’t have to spend thousands.

K: This is so true!

K: If you could meet any fashion icon, who would that be?

M: The Dutch fashion designer, Iris Van Herpen. I love her work. She works with 3D technology, dramatic shoes. I actually drove to Ohio in inclement weather to one of her exhibits. It changed my outlook on fashion. Inspiring.

K: And that’s awesome how you manned the weather to go see her exhibit in another state.So, where do you see your fashion career going in the next 5 years?

M: I’d like to break the platform for wearable artwork. Especially for young African American girls to express themselves in this way. I’d like to bridge the gap between sculptural and wearable art.

K: It was grand speaking to you and learning more about you! I’m excited to meet you in person!

M: Likewise, I’m excited as well, thank you all so much for this opportunity!

Monique is not only an artist in the land of garments, she is also an enthusiast and maker of visual art. In her spare time, she loves to paint, cook, binge watch her favorite TV shows and, most of all, spend time with family.

At the conclusion of our interview segment were laughs, and the high anticipation of seeing how this wearable, sustainable fashion will hit the runway on June 22nd! Get your tickets today — you don’t want to miss it! Go to https://Indianafashionweek.com for more information or to purchase!

Emerging Perspectives: Maria Mauro

Maria Mauro

We are excited to announce that application for the Indiana Fashion Week 2019 Emerging Designer Competition is now open.

Emerging designers this is your opportunity to showcase designs and win prizes to further career.

The INDFW Emerging Designer Competition was designed to provide educational, ​entertainment, and exhibition opportunities for emerging designers both in-state and nationally. Semifinalists chosen to showcase during the Indiana Fashion Week 2019 will have will have access to:

Opportunities in Indiana & global fashion industry
Mentoring & critiques by international fashion industry experts
Recognition on local and national media outlets
Professional-quality runway show production
Professional portfolio building opportunities
Business planning and implementation training

The application will close on March 19, 2019 11:59pm (EST); interested applicants are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/INDFW_Competition for more information.

Addressing Community Concerns

Addressing Community Concerns

We are excited to announce that application for the Indiana Fashion Week 2019 Emerging Designer Competition is now open.

Emerging designers this is your opportunity to showcase designs and win prizes to further career.

The INDFW Emerging Designer Competition was designed to provide educational, ​entertainment, and exhibition opportunities for emerging designers both in-state and nationally. Semifinalists chosen to showcase during the Indiana Fashion Week 2019 will have will have access to:

Opportunities in Indiana & global fashion industry
Mentoring & critiques by international fashion industry experts
Recognition on local and national media outlets
Professional-quality runway show production
Professional portfolio building opportunities
Business planning and implementation training

The application will close on March 19, 2019 11:59pm (EST); interested applicants are encouraged to visit http://bit.ly/INDFW_Competition for more information.