Mignon Gould has had a passion for fashion from an early age. When most youngsters were cutting their teeth on “Green Eggs and Ham,” she was voraciously flipping through her grandmother’s Bergdorff Goodman catalog, clipping images of the latest looks and making mini magazines.
Mignon received a B.S. in Communication and Media Studies from Arizona State University and an MFA in Fashion Journalism, with an emphasis in Multimedia from Academy of Art University in San Francisco, where she later taught a graduate-level Fashion Journalism course.
Mignon launched Hollywood Digs (2004-2007), a style website assisting followers in finding fashions they had seen in film and on television. After the success of that blog, she started the online style and entertainment magazine TheChicSpy.com (2007-2017).
The popular site featured interviews with film insiders including actors Emma Stone, Selma Hayek and Octavia Spencer, as well as costume designers such as Michael O’Connor (Jane Eyre), Madeline Fontaine (Jackie) and Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby).
In 2015, Mignon created Chic Spy Day, to celebrate the onscreen style of spies such as James Bond. The observance day is listed in online calendars such as “Days of the Year” and “Time and Date,” as well as the annual book publication Chase Calendar of Events.
In 2019, Mignon launched Art of Preneur, an online guide for women entrepreneurs, featuring interviews with emerging female founders, and entrepreneurship tips and strategies. In 2020, she will launch the Galleria, a community platform to help women entrepreneurs gain exposure and capital for their businesses.
Inspired by her love for fashion and film, and countless interviews with costume designers and filmmakers, Mignon founded fash.film.fête. in 2019. Mignon wants the festival to be a catalyst to explore and celebrate the role fashion plays in film.
Mignon and her work have been featured in myriad publications including TeenVogue.com, Forbes.com and AZCentral.com.
Jeanne Hankerson is the founder and designer of SJ Couture, a luxury collection of bridal and special occasion gowns and dresses. Jeanne has been designing since she was a pre-teen, when she learned the workings of a seamstress from her mother.
For nearly a decade, Jeanne has been designing for her eponymous label, which has been featured in popular media including E! News, Access Hollywood and QueenLatifah.com. In addition, her work has been recognized on Style Me Pretty, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings and in the Arizona Redbook magazine. She has been dubbed “a designer to watch” within the fashion industry, and in 2010 she won the inaugural Designer of the Year award from Phoenix Fashion Week.
In 2016, Jeanne’s designs were featured in “The Getaway,” a fashion film advertorial for planning the perfect getaway wedding, from fashionable gowns to whimsical decor. Jeanne is currently working on her seventh collection, set to release in fall 2020.
Amelia Walsh has been paving her way in the fashion scene for more than 15 years. While admiring her mothers work on the wedding dresses she made while growing up, her mom trained her in techniques and hand details that involved sewing high-end couture gowns. She incorporated those skills later in life with formal education and received a degree in both design and business.
While finalizing her education, Amelia started making a name for herself as a headlining designer in Scottsdale Fashion Week during 2008, 2009 and 2010. So Scottsdale Magazine later recognized Amelia as one of the top five designers in Arizona and the most Influential Person in Fashion. It was after then her professional career started climbing forward, first starting as a designer for an eco-friendly accessory company, then as a PR and Marketing Director of a luxury denim company. During this time she was growing her backstage runway experience with Margaret Merritt Productions, working with designers and stores including Badgley Mischka, Monique Lhuillier, The Row and Neiman Marcus, to name a few.
In 2016, Amelia launched The Marry Mart, to showcase local artists in the wedding industry, ranging from bridal gown designers and stylists to wedding photographers and videographers. Amelia most recently signed on as an adjunct professor at Arizona State University in Fashion Construction. She aims to make an impact in the fashion community by educating future fashion professionals of the most modern practices in design, while still maintaining the value of fashion as an art form and fulfilling this message in her own design practices for the current lines she designs for as well.