Recap: FGI Dallas 2018 Rising Star Awards

On March 1, 2018, Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI), a global, non-profit professional fashion organization, hosted its 21st annual Rising Star Awards Ceremony at the Design District’s Seven for Parties. The largely attended fete celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of Dallas’ emerging talents in the areas of Women’s Fashion, Men’s Fashion, Photography, Art, Fashion Blogging, and MakeUp Artistry.

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Celebrity influencer Courtney Kerr of “Kerrently” returned for her fourth year as emcee, with pop-up men’s and women’s fashion presentations produced by Jan Strimple Productions. Hair & Makeup was generally donated by Toni & Guy. Art and media installations were vividly dispersed, reflecting the works of the nominees spanning MakeUp Artistry, Photography, Art, and Fashion Blogging.

Guests mixed and mingled throughout, enjoying cocktails by Kruto Vodka and light hors d’oeuvres. A surprise performance by local music artist, HANNA, rounded out the evening, making it one of the most buzzed about events for the week.

Dawn Marie Mellon, Nha Khanh Nguyen, Abra Liberman Garrett, Jan Strimple, Dr. Jason Stanford


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2018 Rising Star Co-Chairs Holly Quartaro & Dr. Jason Stanford


2018 Rising Star Award Winners are:

Rising Star Winner in Men’s Fashion: Jason Simmons of DeadSoxy

Rising Star Winner in Women’s Fashion: Venny Etienne of Levity
Rising Star Winner in Photography: Aaron Fairooz
Rising Star Winner in Art: Lindsey Meyers
Rising Star Winner in Fashion Blogging: Amber LaFrance of
Rising Star Winner in MakeUp Artistry: Jo Franco
People’s Choice Award: Jo Franco


Congratulations to all the winners and honorees!

Photo Credit: Bob Manzano & William Neal