Project Runway Season 17 Cast Member/Contestant 2019
Trendvision Beauty Envision Awards Set Seamstress 2019
Michael Schmidt Studios Freelance Stitch/Pattern Maker 2018 - present
P!nk: Beautiful Trauma Tour Stitcher/Draper 2018
Louisville Ballet Stitcher/Draper "The Beyond" 2018
Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Company Owner/Executive Designer 2014 – present
Fall Fashion Experience Featured Designer/Coordinator 2014 – present
University of Louisville Costume Shop Wardrobe Master/First Hand 2007 - 2010
KMAC Couture Art Walks the Runway Featured Designer 2013 – 2017
Bunbury Theater Costume Designer “Lady At Emerson’s Bar and Grill” 2015
BET Experience Stylist Suite Featured Designer/Stylist 2016
Trinity High School Costume Designer “The Warriors” 2016
Extol Magazine Recurring Wardrobe Stylist/Designer 2014 - Present
Louisville magazine Featured Designer/Wardrobe Stylist 2016
Vogue Italia BET Experience Stylist Suite Designer 2016
Pattern Drafting, Draping, Stitching, Hand Sewing Techniques, Wardrobe Maintenance and Management, Wardrobe Prep (steaming, ironing, repairs), Alterations, Actor/Model Fittings, Quick Change Coordinator, Crew Management
Melissa Shepherd University of Louisville Costume Shop Manager mjkenn01@Louisville.edu 502-741-3636
Zhanna Goldentul Resident Designer, University of Louisville email@example.com 502-541-0547
Angie Fenton Editor-in-Chief Extol Magazine Angie@Extolmag.com 502-551-2698
University Of Louisville Bachelor Of Science in Theater with a focus on acting and Costume Design/Construction 2006 – 2010
Born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky, I am the proud owner and executive designer of Frankie Lew. I have loved fashion design ever since I was a little girl writing Santa to ask for sewing supplies instead of toys. That passion never died. In 2010, I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville, with a particular focus on costume design. Because of my theatre roots, my pieces always have a subtle touch of drama and feel like a performance on their own.
I started my first fashion label - Ann DeEvelyn Clothing Company - in 2014, working with a team of designers and interns to bring my women's clothing designs to life. My work was featured in Extol Magazine, Louisville Magazine, and KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway as well as a mention in Vogue Italia. We shared our success with the community by hosting annual runway events to benefit the Cabbage Patch House, where I first learned to sew as a child. Owning my first fashion label allowed me to gain a wealth experience and insight into the women's fashion industry; however, my dreams eventually outgrew even Ann DeEvelyn.
In 2018, I was selected to compete with 15 other designers on season 17 of reality television's Project Runway. I immediately packed my bags and moved to Los Angeles, California for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This experience taught me a lot about myself. While I did not walk away with the prize, I gained a newfound resilience and determination to succeed in the design industry. This fuelled my subsequent work under L.A. design house Michael Schmidt Studios, where I was part of a team costuming stars from Katy Perry to Drew Carey for music videos, television, and even the Met Gala.
Finally, I was ready to re-emerge as a designer and to put my own mark on the fashion world. Frankie Lew debuted in Louisville in 2019 with the aptly named runway show, Resurrections. The Frankie Lew fashion group began accepting business with bridal gown designs and other custom orders, and has since grown to include Renu, our eco-friendly recycled textiles program, and Frankie Lew RTW, our newest branch. RTW is our Ready-To-Wear line of original designs, manufactured in the U.S. and slated to be sold at retail boutiques as well as online. We are excited to release the RTW line in fall 2020.
With well over a decade of professional design and sewing experience, I take pride in delivering unique and original designs to my customers. Frankie Lew garments are made with love in every stitch! I also strive to ensure Frankie Lew serves our community through eco-friendly practices, philanthropic endeavors, and a commitment to creating fun, fashionable, and functional clothing that works for women of all shapes, sizes, and lifestyles.