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Designer stitching up dreams [HD]

Kimber Westphall
Designer stitching up dreams [HD]


With dreams of becoming a fashion designer, Dallas-born resident, Shirin Askari, is transforming her dreams into a reality, one thread at a time.

“I like to look at art and I get a lot of inspiration from that,” said designer Shirin Askari.

Helping pave the runways for Askari’s fashion career she was a contestant on the hit television show, Project Runway. Facing deadlines and tough critics the designer was able to showcase her innovative fashion flare and developed a fan-base, particularly from her hometown in big D. Shoppers can pick up their own piece from Askari’s collection at Melanie Gayle in Dallas.

“I just loved her and got a good vibe from her,” said Melanie Ramon owner of Melanie Gayle. “We carried some of her stuff for spring and we blew out of it. We’ve written some orders for fall and we’re excited to get it in.”

Askari designs a variety of apparel items, from outerwear to custom wedding gowns. When designing, she focuses on every aspect of a woman’s life and what she’s going to wear.


“It’s beautiful with detailing but at the same time she’s chosen fabrics that are very comfortable and very wearable and they have beautiful movement,” said model Alexis Bourn.

Askari’s custom wedding dress services offer brides the option to dream up their ideal dress and have something completely original.

“I really love doing wedding dresses,” said Askari. “I love weddings and working with brides and trying to give them something special and they’re the only ones that are going to be wearing that day.”


Askari is gaining notoriety in north Texas, ranging from features in D Wedding this June to her very own fashion show.

“The runway show I did was in Dallas,” said Askari. “I wanted to come back here to do it since I’m from here and I wanted to debut my collection here. It was an amazing show and we did it in downtown Dallas at southside Lamar.”

Check out Askari’s fall 2010 collection at ShirinAskari.com and take a peak at her first runway show in Dallas.

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Kimber Westphall is a journalist with the Midwest gal charm. She grew up in Wichita, Kansas where she honed her journalism skills from an early age, always on a quest for that breaking story. When attending the University of Kansas, Kimber put her design skills to the test, spending many late nights in the newsroom as The Universtiy Daily Kansan’s Design Chief. Kimber was a member of the KUJH-TV news staff, both in front of and behind the camera. She started out as a stage manager and audio operator, eventually being promoted to Host and Web Producer of Jayhawks Sports Talk. Through out her Journalistic endeavors, Kimber completed freelance assignments for The Wichita Business Journal and Splurge! Magazine; both Wichita, KS publications. Then, Kimber was offered an assignment she couldn’t pass up. This assignment involved her passport as she traveled on an international press conference to London, representing Adjourn Magazine, based out of Los Angeles. Kimber now works for an advertising agency in Dallas, TX in the Creative Department. Kimber’s main focus is on designing print and web materials. When she is not hitting hard advertising deadlines, she is teaching fitness classes at LA Fitness. In conjunction with teaching five days a week, Kimber recently completed the Washington D.C. Marathon. Kimber is documenting all her fitness adventures, from flying trapeze lessons to Zumba classes on her column, “Blogging Fitness with Kimberly Westphall” on the site midwestsportsfans.com.


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