Earlier this year, we recapped all of the exciting details and developments following one of Dallas’ best annual fashion events, The Pin Show. With many designer hits and only a few misses, this year’s show was a source of discovery for new talent. Claiming past emerging appearances by celebrity-favored fashion designer Khanh Nguyen of Nhã Khanh and Belk’s newest sensation Lucy Dang, the Pin Show is notorious for catapulting local design careers.
With three Pin Show appearances under her belt, as well as a showcase at the Designer’s Choice Fashion Preview, designer Megan McKinney of megMORGAN is setting her sights high. She aims to follow in the footsteps of her successful Pin predecessors. After making an impression on us through her modern, easy-to-wear looks, we caught up with the Wade College grad for a chat. Read on for our interview with this promising women’s wear designer, including her thoughts on making trouble and the future of her brand.
DFW Style Daily: Going back to the beginning, how did you get your start in fashion design?
Megan McKinney: “I was hired as an intern for the Pin Show, after attending a career fair at Wade College in 2009. It was then that I completely fell in love with the runway. After participating in the show, I knew that nothing else would ever come close to the rush I got after the runway production. In 2010 I started my own line, and came back to the Pin Show the next year to showcase my very first line as a designer.”
This year’s Pin Show marked your third appearance. How was it different from years past?
“I truly look at it as a privilege to be named as one of the Pin Show designers. Every year, the show is so different! I really enjoyed the inclusion of the designer meet-and-great that took place before this year’s show. It gave me the opportunity to network, and to get to know the other participating designers on a new level.”
Your designs range from contemporary to what some might call “flirty.” Describe to us what has influenced your current collection.
“The megMORGAN Spring/Summer 2014 collection was inspired by Miranda Lambert. I went to see her in concert last summer, and left on such a high that I stayed up all night sketching. I then spent the next month in the studio sewing and bringing to life a line that is unlike anything that I have ever done. At the end of the day, I want women to feel sexy, empowered, and flirty enough to cause a little trouble.”
With so many women’s clothing designers emerging from Dallas, what sets your brand apart?
“I consider myself to be a modern Southern designer. I love to use fun fabrics such as lace and sheers, along with my favorite prints, including polka dots and florals. A large selling point for my line is that everything I design looks great with either boots or high heels.”
Where is megMORGAN headed in the future? Where are your designs available today?
“I have a working studio at IndieGenius (409 N. Zang Blvd., Dallas) that is open to the public for a sip-and-shop on the first Thursday of every month. This event coincides with the monthly Bishop Arts Wine Walk. I would also love a chance to sell my clothing at Belk department stores. Until then, I am working on having more of an online presence with my brand.”
Lead photo and runway images courtesy of megMORGAN via Facebook.com.