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Summary

Award-winning fashion designer with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design with 7+ years in fashion.

Skills:

  • Award-Winning Fashion-Forward Thinking Fashion Designer
  • Bachelor of  Fine Arts in Fashion Design 
  • Product Development and Generating Creative Concepts
  • Expert Knowledge of Fabric/Textile and Color Combination
  • Strong Communication and Presentation Skills
  • Fashion Illustration and Quick Hand Sketching
  • Team Player

Work experience

Jun 2011Present

Founder & Fashion Instructor

Haute Fashion Studio

  • Successfully developed fashion programs in recreation centers for tween and teen girls
  • First fashion design program created that teaches the fundamentals of design and interpersonal skills
  • Increased the just-for-girls classes by 62 percent
  • Developed lesson plans for 8 classes totaling 95 students
  • Supervise and work with students as a group and individually to help develop creativity 
  • Demonstrate and guide students through presentation skills to build self-esteem and public speaking skills 
  • Coordinate fashion events to feature student work, build their confidence and encourage community involvement
  • Proactively promote fashion programs in the community to increase enrollment offering new skills to young girls
Sep 2005Apr 2010

Owner & Head Designer

Patricia Samaniego Couture

  • Planned and organized product development from concept to completion to meet client deadlines 
  • Maintained cost and increased target profit margin by reducing fabric cost and simplifying designs  
  • Established professional relationships with clients that increased repeat customers by 50 percent
  • Won the national Bacardi Limon Express Your Style Competition, which increased national brand awareness
  • Publicized in VEGAS magazine article, “Desert Patrol: The People Who Make Las Vegas” 
  • Feature spread in SO VEGAS! magazine “Passion for Fashion: Winning Style” 
  • Publicized in national spread in The Fashion Mini magazine
  • Special guest on Daytime Morning Show in Tampa, Florida
  • Designs presented on Fox 5 More Show in Las Vegas, which increased brand awareness 
  • Selected to design bridal accessories to be featured on Fox 5 More Show in Las Vegas, which led to expanding the business into custom made accessories
  • Invited to have a fashion show at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas to promote local talent
  • Selected as a finalist two years in a row for fashion illustration in the GenArt Perrier Bubbling Under Fashion Competition
Jul 2007Sep 2007

Design Room Assistant/Mentorship

Ulrich Engler Couture
  • Improved office efficiency and customer service by organizing computer files and streamlining administrative tasks
  • Invited to give feedback on design concepts after proving technical skills in garment construction
  • Handled special assignment to create a sample garment, which was selected for a national promotional campaign
  • Created showroom ready garments, which led to producing VIP client garments and assisting on projects for members of the royal family 
Jun 2007Jun 2007

Mentorship

HOLLYWOULD

  • Wrote trend reports for creative director, which helped with generating concepts for new collection
  • Produced shopping reports from information gathered on retail sales floor feedback and competitors, which provided an inside look at customer consumer behavior
  • Invited to travel with creative director to participate in a series of private industry events to provide team support and promote the current collection
Aug 2006Jun 2007

Fashion Coordinator

So Vegas! Magazine/Richmand Media Group, LLC
  • Researched and forecasted fashion trends to be reviewed for selection and published in shopping pages
  • Networked with retail stores and international luxury brands to be featured in monthly issues, which increased new advertisers 
  • Successfully coordinated and managed photo shoots while simultaneously working on the next issue
  • Designed fashion shopping pages with Editor-in-Chief and design team to achieve artistic flow
  • Wrote product descriptions of items published in monthly issues
Apr 2005Oct 2006

Wardrobe Attendant and Seamstress

Sirens Cove Show-Treasure Island Hotel & Casino

  • Adjusted designs, patterns and made alterations for new performers 
  • Repaired costumes with design team for over 30 female and male cast members   
  • Responded to internal requests on costume changes, urgent repairs and costume malfunctions
  • Insured timely execution in prepping and organizing wardrobe for multiple shows a nigh

Education

Jan 2004Sep 2007

Bachelor of Fine Arts

International Academy of Design and Technology
Sep 1996Jun 1998

The Fashion Institute of Technology, State University of New York

Two-year fashion design program

Won the Critic's Choice Award for Best Designer

References

Ulrich Engler

"Patricia worked with us for two and a half months. As far as I am concerned it was far too short.

Patricia proved to be very capable. She mastered every given task in dress making and pattern cutting. She looked after clients and her contribution in every field including the day to day running of the business was outstanding. She demonstrated a strong sense of fashion and willingness to learn. As well as being a good team player she took her own initiative when needed.

Patricia is trustworthy, punctual and great pleasure to be around. I wish her all the best for her future and have no hesitation in recommending her to work within the fashion world.

Yours faithfully,

Ulrich Engler"

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Skills

Design Skill
Specialize in women's evening-wear, bridal, cocktail dresses, prom gowns and stage costumes
Hand Tools & Work Room Equipment
Experience in using a variety of hand tools such as but not limited to; hand drill, electric saw, hammer, pliers, hot glue gun, measuring tools, cutting tools, screw drivers, wrenches, leveling tools, climbing ladders, grommet machine, industrial sewing machine, serger, industrial iron, professional steamer, jewelry making tools, draping and pattern making equipment.
Fluent Spanish
Presentation
Mood and concept board presentations Teach presentation skills to tween and teens  
Computer Skills
Adobe Photoshop PC (Microsoft Office) MAC proficient   
Trend Research & Forecasting
Clothing Construction
Draping Pattern Making Fit Garment Construction Hand Sewing & Couture Techniques Hand Embroidery, Beading, Feathers, Rhinestone application