About the Designer
My affinity for clothes dates all the way back to my "small-town Texas" childhood. I was blessed to come from a long line of creative women who were avid seamstresses. Frequenting my mom's sewing room I developed very a definitive opinion about my own personal style, not something that might be expected from a small-town Texas girl. Even before I could sew, I would come up with ideas for outfits and my mom would work her magic in the sewing room to make my visions become reality. It was there she breathed life into my future ambitions.
By sixteen I knew I wanted to continue down the path of creativity established by my own mother and grandmother. I chose the design program at the University of North Texas. In May 2006 I graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. My senior collection received the award for Best Collection at ArtWear--the annual student fashion show juried by design professionals.
After graduation I spent the next several years in arts education and received a Master of Education from Sul Ross State University. The art classroom brought me to Dallas where I helped open a public charter school. While teaching was very fulfilling for me, I was feeling the void of not being involved in the fashion industry. I decided to pursue a Master of Fine Arts in Fashion Design so I could teach at the university level.
I returned to the University of North Texas in the Fall of 2009 and started my MFA. During my time at UNT I worked in the Texas Fashion Collection, taught undergraduate fashion design courses, and worked for a grant as a curriculum-writer developing fashion design curriculum for the Texas Education Agency. Upon graduation I taught as an adjunct professor at Texas Woman's University before finding a role in the Southern Methodist University Fashion Media program. I spent three years at SMU teaching and developing courses for the new Fashion Media major, serving as the Fashion Media program director for the last two years.
I have always dreamed about starting my own business. It was during my time at SMU that the concept for rosie + belle finally came to fruition. In May of 2016 I taught my last class at SMU and started working at rosie + belle full-time. The premier rosie + belle collection was released for Spring 2017.