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TOOTSIES with Little Black Dress Designer hosted the Little Black Dress Designer Reveal on Wednesday, September 17th from 6:30pm-8:30pm at TOOTSIES. 

Ten fabulous Dallas women (the muses) were paired with ten student designers to remake their LBDs “From the Runway to Her Way”. Each designer worked under the guidance of five designer mentors. 

This year’s 2014 Little Black Dress Reveal Fashion Show, hosted by TOOTSIES Store Director, Nerissa Von Helpenstill and Little Black Dress Designer Founder, Jeff Shell,  featured: 

Mentor Lucy Dang:

• Student Designer Kenneth Espinosa with Muse Jonika Nix

• Student Designer KanuPriya Pande with Muse Annika Cail 

Mentor Abi Ferrin:

• Student Designer Mai Pham with Muse LeeAnne Locken

• Student Designer Jose Mireles with Muse Maggie Kipp 

Mentors Jerry Matthews & Francesca Viamonte:

• Student Designer Ekaterina Levchenko with Muse Amy Vanderoef

• Student Designer YiYing Xu with Muse Debra Nelson 

Mentor Khanh Nguyen:

• Student Designer Tre Anderson with Muse Paige Westhoff

• Student Designer Sharae Rogers with Muse Nina Sachse 

Mentor Jenny Siede:

• Student Designer Christopher Cordell with Muse D’Andra Simmons

• Student Designer Bridgette Burke with Muse Dawn Mellon 

Seen in the crowd: Dee Simmons, Yvonne Crum, Ese Azenabor, Gary Walden, Bethany Siggins, Allison Edwards, Catherine Duong, Ellen Flowers, Edgar Gomez, Edwardi Flores, Julie McCullough, Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Jack Son and Cynthia Smoot.

About Little Black Dress Designer Foundation

The Little Black Dress never goes out of style, inspiring the world since 1926. Like its

namesake, the LITTLE BLACK DRESS DESIGNER competition gives students and emerging designers the chance to re-imagine a fashion icon for a chance to win academic

scholarships, brand funding and incredible opportunities for real-life career networking.

The competition was founded in 2008 by Jeff Shell, director of Houston-based modeling

and acting firm Neal Hamil Agency. Since the competition’s founding, LBDD has

awarded more than $100,000 in scholarships to Texas students, $30,000 of which has been

awarded to students who entered in Dallas. The Little Black Dress Designer Foundation is

a 501(c)3 organization. Media Contacts: Jeff Shell at 713-256-4875 or Leah Cast 517-719-8130 

TOOTSIES is a luxury boutique located in Preston Plaza in Dallas. Known for stellar service, TOOTSIES offers ready to wear, shoes, handbags, jewelry and accessories.  Designer collections include Haute Hippie, Rachel Zoe, JBrand, DL 1961, Alice + Olivia, MSGM, Elizabeth and James, BCBG. For more information, please visit

TOOTSIES Dallas is located at 8300 Preston Road #200 Dallas, TX 75225.

TOOTSIES is open Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm. 

All TOOTSIES events are organized by francisco +co. For information, please call 214-728-2918 or visit

Photographer: Walter Nelms


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