With only 31 days until The Fashion Show 2020, our Design Directors (Julia Tighe, Lauren Johnson, & Kajsa Hallberg) have been busy securing several industry professionals who will serve as our Guest Judges. In March, four Guest Judges will evaluate all student entries for The Fashion Show 2020 and award over $10,000 in scholarships! Be sure to mark your calendars for our Meet the Judges event on March 26th.
2021 Guest Judges
DR. ADDIE MARTINDALE
Addie Martindale is a designer, scholar, educator who received her Ph.D. from Iowa State in Apparel, Merchandising, and Design in May of 2017. Drawing from her years of industry experience in apparel product development and retail management, Addie has been teaching fashion merchandising and apparel design courses for the last 9 years. Her design work that has been internationally exhibited focuses on sustainable design practices and underserved consumers with the goal to find solutions that can both empower consumers and extend garment use longevity. Addie is currently an Assistant Professor of Fashion Merchandising and Apparel Design at Georgia Southern University.
Gretchen Bohling is a graduate of the Illinois Institute of Art - Chicago graduating in 2010 with her Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with a focus in Fashion Design. Gretchen began her career in the fashion industry in 2008 while attending school. Working for brands including Coach and Thomas Pink, completing design apprenticeships under labels like Maria Pinto and Zamrie, attending trade shows, fashion shows, and textile markets, and styling many clients throughout her career she has developed an extremely well-rounded resume in wholesale, retail management, styling, dressing, alterations, and design.
Heather Brown graduated from Otis College of Art & Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design. She has had numerous experiences in the fashion industry as an Assistant Designer, Design Director, and Head Designer with Abercrombie & Fitch, PacSun, and Urban Outfitters. These positions have given her a handful of experiences such as working with celebrities, launching new brands, production trips around the world, and attending photoshoots. She was a Senior Design Director with PacSun before launching her own brand, Night Dive Swim in 2018.
Jennifer Coughenour is the founder/owner of Wanderlust Fashion LLC providing fashion for wherever life takes you. After spending over a decade working in retail she loves the connection with her customers. She works with local designers, artists, and makers providing them an outlet to showcase and sell one of a kind products at pop up spaces around Des Moines. Jennifer knows what truly drives sales and repeat customers, providing multiple outlets to purchase Wanderlust Fashion and offering one of a kind locally made clothing, home décor, gifts, accessories, and so much more. Jennifer’s passion is people - showing them how powerful, beautiful and blessed they are with an outfit is magical.