We’ve been following Fashion Group International (FGI) of Dallas for some time now and are especially glad to see Texas talent doing big things, like last year’s winner Venny Etienne. FGI recently announced the winners of its 48th-annual Scholarship Competition, held on April 15 at the Dallas Market Center’s Trade Mart Grand Pavilion. Students, who dream of designing full-time, presented their best designs and competed for record-breaking scholarships and prizes. Previously called Career Day, FGI announced a record $15,000 single scholarship and brand new Teen Fashion Awards element where students competed for three $500 scholarships. Read on for this year’s winners.
Long’s winning look on the runway
This year’s biggest winner was Seihak Long, from the University of Texas at Austin, who won the Forty Five Ten Scholarship worth $15,000. Pulling inspiration from the ebb and flow of fabrics, textures, past traveling adventures, world culture, and his everyday life, Long’s latest collection (and winning look pictured above) DYNAMIC is for the empowered woman, a master multi-tasker who’s an expert at balancing family and career. A woman who wants to look good while conquering the world.
“In my collection, I wanted to utilize a non-stretch lace, which is often too stiff for activewear, but I chose to balance it with a knit fashion fabric,” Long said. “The structure of the garment was resolved by using elastic paired with the non-stretch lace, introducing a novel combination of textiles. Fabric is art, and I am invigorated by it.”
The woman Long is designing for is not only a boss, she’s a philanthropist as well. The Forty Five Ten Scholarship Award winner strives to make a meaningful difference in his fashion career.
“Poverty is an important issue that is deep in my heart, which has built me to become who I am today,” said Long. “I would love nothing more but to be able to work for or even create a company who sees the need in helping others as more important than making money.”
Lee’s winning look on the runway
This year’s generous sponsors presented over $30,000 in scholarships and prizes overall, helping the organization to further their mission of providing a philanthropic, educational outreach program for college and university students seeking careers in the fashion and lifestyle industries. Long wasn’t the only lucky young designer to win. Following in Etienne’s footsteps, Hyoungsuk Lee of El Centro College won the prestigious and coveted Paris American Academy Couture Award for his contemporary/sportswear entry.
Lee draws inspiration from architecture, painting, and streetwear and thanks to his fashion-forward designs, will be spending the summer in Paris, France learning what it takes to become a designer in the real world.
“Human interaction and traveling inspire me because there are so many different cultures, each one is unique and inspiring in their own way,” said Lee. “My plan is to learn [the] Haute Couture technique in Paris.”
After college, Lee sees himself interning at a fashion company and ultimately starting a brand of his own one day.
There were many awards given out on April 15 to budding creative talent in the Big D, not just to Long, Lee, and this year’s first-ever Teen Fashion Award winners Kylie Crosby (Plano East Senior High School), Lizzie Johnson (Plano Senior High School), and Sara Cho (Plano West Senior High School), but many others. For more information on this year’s Scholarship Award winners and FGI of Dallas, please visit www.dallas.fgi.org.
All images courtesy of Thomas Garza Photography.