Thursday, August 25th
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"A woman can pull off anything with confidence."
V. Mora reflects Anna’s sense of style and creativity. A careful observer of the world around her, Anna looks to the urban sidewalk for inspiration on many of her pieces. And she has the experience to pull it off. Always a fashion entrepreneur, her first major gig was providing her entire 2nd-grade class with uniquely designed paper poodle skirts for a 50’s inspired dress up day. She continued to sketch, design and sew her way through a degree in fashion design at Columbia College in Chicago. Following graduation, she became a buyer for a hot local boutique where she learned the ins and outs of the business side of the industry. She completed extensive research on upcoming trends and shopped not only for the store, but for the women who would eventually wear the clothes. Tired of seeing the same cuts over and over, she saw a place where she would fit into the picture. She would put together her own collection that combined vibrant, modern colors with classic cuts.
My biggest fashion faux pas: You name it I did it. If it was a fad for half a second, I wore it. This included American flag thigh high stockings and coordinating red, white and blue outfit in 1995 (think "Clueless"). Still remembered by any one that went to high school with me.