12 Jun Nina Means & the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator
Texas fashion industry is growing by leaps and bounds. Recently, we sat down with Nina Means, an award winning designer, creative director and one of Texas’ most dynamic leaders in Austin. A graduate of FIT in New York, Means has had a strong career in fashion. Before living in Austin, Texas she interned for Rebecca Taylor, designed for American Eagle Outfitters and H by Halston sold on QVC. After relocating to Austin TX, Means launched her namesake label, an elevated daywear brand for the sophisticated woman available in specialty stores and online.
Currently, she is an adjunct professor at the Art Institute of Austin for fashion design and fashion marketing, instructing in product development, production, introduction to manufacturing, technical design and computer illustrative media.
Recently, on April 30th, Austin community college celebrated the one year anniversary of the new Austin Community College Fashion Incubator. As Director of the ACC, Means is bridging her previous career in public health and fashion together, focusing on developing students, emerging fashion businesses and creating gainful workforce development opportunities to the greater Austin area.
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During our interview, Means gave us insight into her thoughts on advocacy, collaboration, the Austin Community College Fashion Incubator and rising stars in her area. Here’s what she had to say.
NM: The Texas Fashion Industry has been home to some of the most respected talents in the fashion industry – Tom Ford and Brandon Maxwell who just won his second award from the CFDA recently. We have to take the initiative to develop our local talent. We want to continue to mine the great talents Texas has to offer.
SLTV: This is incredibly exciting! I love hearing about local lifestyle playing a role in direction; so genuine. And yes, we agree, if you are in fashion and are not incorporating eco-consciousness into the grand plan of industry, it is a huge missed opportunity. How great!
SLTV: Wow! These brands look incredible! Thank you Nina. Please do share our info with them. Would love to do stories on all of them.
SLTV: Well, that sounds incredible! The Texas Fashion Industry Initiative would love to collab and offer unwavering support. Please do continue to keep us in the loop so we can launch news about all your endeavors. The future of Texas fashion looks brighter than ever.
NM: There are several ways you can get involved with the ACC Fashion Incubator. We have classes available for newcomers as well as fashion industry vets to take your fashion skills to the next level. If you are a budding startup in Central Texas, you can apply for the Designer-in-Residence program through our website. And if you are the more casual, curious type, come join us for Fashion Hour (our in-house, monthly show that airs on ACCTV) or join us for a master class or workshop with local industry veterans.