Today we’d like to introduce you to Bria Evans.
Bria, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started designing when I was 10. My aunt made a beautiful wedding gown and I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a fashion designer when I “grew up”. She bought me a Fashion Design Kit that Christmas and I couldn’t put it down. All through primary school, I was always drawn to artistic circular activities and they all came very natural to me–dance, band, photography, etc.
I pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Design at The Art Institute of Dallas and graduated in 2016. I launched my line, Dignified Women’s Apparel, in 2017 after making my first custom prom dress. I went on to show a capsule collection in Fashion x Houston that fall.
At the beginning of 2018, I decided that I no longer wanted to pursue a career or business in the industry after feeling like I wasn’t making any progress forward. I decided to look into a career in retail instead.
In November of 2018, I received an invitation to show in New York Fashion Week in 2019 with Oxford Fashion Studio. God truly opened that door because I completely shut down all of my social media outlets for my clothing line because I wanted to be done with it. After talking with a representative, I found out that the company found my work through my participation in Fashion x Houston. I was selected and invited out of 40,000 designers that they look through every year.
I went on to show in New York Fashion Week this past September. It was also the first collection for Dignified Women’s Apparel.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely not. Coming from Beaumont has its struggles for those pursuing a career in the arts, more specifically Fashion Design. Going through high school, I didn’t have opportunities to learn how to sew and better myself technically before getting to college. I actually didn’t learn how to sew until my freshman year in college when my roommate taught me.
Starting at The Art Institute was an eye-opener because I realized how behind I was. Thankfully, they started everyone on a level playing field and construction of garments came naturally to me. Post-grad life was a struggle. Especially when I decided to launch my line. It became this cycle of me making clothes that were already on the market, just custom so that it fit my client’s specific wants and needs.
I’ve also struggled with being confident in my work and standing behind my designs. The fashion industry is so fast-paced and competitive and if you don’t have a platform to showcase your work, it’s very easy to get looked over. Even leading up to my journey for Fashion Week I found support to be lacking in some areas. But the people that were meant to be on the journey with me supported me every step of the way!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
Dignified Women’s Apparel is based off the scripture Proverbs 31:25. “She is clothed in strength and dignity and she laughs without fear of the future.” It is just a simple reminder to clients and customers to live everyday fearlessly and fully!
I design from an architectural standpoint, so our clothes have very clean lines and minute details. I enjoy manipulating fabric to resemble specific details in images that I find for collections.
As a company, being able to showcase our first collection in New York Fashion Week was very exciting because it was the starting point. I didn’t dream of showing in NYFW until maybe five years from now so it was truly a blessing and a dream come true.
I believe was sets me apart from other designers is the ability to look at images and find the smallest detail and expand that into something bigger for a collection. The image that our collection was inspired from was this all white, minimalist virtual reality. My eyes were immediately drawn to the staircase and that inspired the pleat work that was carried throughout the collection.
What were you like growing up?
Growing up, I was the artistic child, which was hard when you’re young. Most people pursue sports or a medical profession, but me, I always knew what was in my future.
I was always curious. I always had questions. And I always needed an answer!
I was much more extroverted than I am now, but I think that has to do with years of self-doubt, so now I’m working to reverse that.
- Website: www.dignifedwap.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: www.instagram.com/dignifiedwmsapp
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/dignifedwmsapp
Oxford Fashion Studio, Lauren Zimmerman Photography