Brianna was born and raised in Stamford, CT. She is a recent graduate of the #1 Public Art School in the country, Virginia Commonwealth University, in Richmond, VA. She studied fashion design and has a strong interest in ready-to-wear couture and bridal design. She discovered her love for fashion in high school where art really became her passion. Brianna took multiple art classes and realized she could make a career out of it. She began to understand the various aspects and outlets through fashion. It became her escape and she was genuinely excited about it. The “work” she was creating, didn’t feel like work. It was something that made her not want to quit and kept her attention.

 

During her time at VCU, she interned as a consultant at a local bridal boutique in Midlothian, Virginia where she scheduled and ran bridal appointments, along with behind the scenes work: steaming dresses, inventory, and making phone calls. Brianna also wanted to be more involved in the community, through fashion. She volunteered with Project Runway contestant Kate Panoke for Elaya Vaughn Bridal at the 5th Annual DC Night of Fashion sponsored by Lolly’s Locks. She also escorted a young girl who had recently beat cancer, down the runway in Fashion Funds the Cure sponsored by the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation. Brianna also had the opportunity to showcase 9 outfits for the Harlem Week fashion show, which had over 10,000 attendees. She is currently a technical designer in the Tri-state area.

 

Brianna believes you really have to want something and be passionate about it more than anything, to receive a great outcome. You have to be valiant in the quest of what lights your soul on fire. The reality is finding what sets you apart from everyone else. Sheryl Sandberg once said, “It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.”

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