AFW RUNWAYS DESIGNER
FRIDAY, MAY 10
Most recent contestant on NBC’s Fashion Star Season 2, Texas based Priscilla Barroso has had a wild run in the fashion industry since launching Crowned Bird in 2012. Just newly re-located to Los Angeles and starring opportunity in the eye, this first born as a first generation Turkish/Panameña understands that despite her less than traditional upbringing in the suburbs of Dallas, she is lucky to have had it shape the nostalgic presence in her design. Raised in a large extended family, her greatest influences still now come from all the strength and diversity of several generations sharing one home. Inheriting a love for fashion, travel, and forgotten novelties, an unplanned trip to San Francisco found herself with a scholarship studying fashion design at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. She became the master of multi-tasking, working hard as a freelance stylist for Levi Strauss & Co, a custom tailor in North B each, and partnering in an organic and sustainable dog apparel line while attending school. Experiences in the industry lead to catching her own ‘Big Fish’ with eclectic designs contributing to the rise in independent fashion. Her valuable knowledge and reference to styling, history, and functionality came from working as a woman in a “man’s” world. She has proudly tailored the best of San Francisco, with a range of independent musicians and actors, to local icons such as Carlos Santana and Tom Waits. Now with the wisdom gained from a fortunate tailoring experience, Priscilla treads a lifelong ambition to unravel traditional garment making through colorful and inspired expression.