By Debbie Hall

Las Vegas Fashion CouncilLocal leaders from fashion, business and the arts have joined together to form the Las Vegas Fashion Council, a not-for-profit trade association with fashion professionals, students, community leaders, philanthropists and organizations that have a common desire to diversify and expand the Las Vegas fashion industry. Founded by Carrie Carter-Cooper, Las Vegas native and founder/president of BESTAgency, the council embodies a passion for fashion, philanthropy and community. Through a series of events and educational programs, Las Vegas will be established as an international player in the fashion industry.

Winning student design at LBDLas Vegas is rapidly expanding its fashion offerings through various leading fashion houses with flagship locations. The city currently hosts some of the largest fashion conferences in the world and the local fashion industry is evolving.

In 2014, the Las Vegas Fashion Council hosted a Little Black Dress competition featuring designs by students from The Art Institute of Las Vegas. The event was hosted at Stitch Factory and included a fashion show by Vasari Boutique. The student with the winning design, Martha Aispuro, was awarded $500 in scholarship funds and the Las Vegas Fashion Council also donated a percentage of proceeds from ticket sales to Dress For Success of Southern Nevada.

Winning design modeled by designer Martha AispuroAispuro is a third quarter fashion design student at the Art Institute of Las Vegas and pursuing her Bachelor’s degree in fashion design. The Little Black Dress was made from a matte taffeta and featured a tulle petticoat and a scalloped lace trim at the hem. It had a high square neckline, a low back with criss cross straps, and a box pleated full skirt. Aispuro wanted to feature and create something that embodied her personality and what was trending now. She pulled her inspiration from current celebrity fashions, magazine features, and the fashionable choices from members of her generation.

Recently, the Las Vegas Fashion Council hosted a Spring Fashion Preview event at Sergio Rossi Boutique in the Forum Shops. Attendees enjoyed previews of the 2015 spring line and the event celebrated the retailer joining the Las Vegas Fashion Council.

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