23 June 2011

Joan Takes it to The Edge

Team FASHION FIRST is so excited for our fearless leader, Joan Kelly. Congratulations go out as we hear that Joan is this year's recipient of the Art Institute of Seattle's THE EDGE Award for Excellence in Teaching! This award honors an Art Institute of Seattle faculty member who has made exceptional contributions in his/her field of expertise, which we can attest to for Joan. The school says:
"Joan heads one of the most recognized and talked about fashion events production companies in the Seattle area.  She creates opportunities for fashion designers and marketers to showcase their work to Seattle’s biggest retailers. In addition to that, over the past 8 years, Fashion First’s charity auction event has raised over $100,000 for non-profit organizations such as the Rise & Shine Foundation which support programs for children/teens affected by HIV/Aids.
Joan is known throughout the industry not only as a local fashion icon, but also the woman “who knows everybody.”  When NBC casting producers were in town looking for talent for their upcoming show, they looked to Joan for direction and she in turn, brought them to the Art Institute. Many of our students have landed jobs in the industry through Joan’s contacts. Her community and industry involvement continues to benefit Seattle’s fashion industry and the Art Institute’s fashion program."
We love the way AIS Dean of Academic Affairs {and loyal FASHION FIRSTER}, Scott Carnz presented the award to Joan while she was out of town...with this clever snapshot :)

A well-deserved Congratulations from Team FASHION FIRST, Joanie! XOXOXO


  1. Congratulations Joan! I consider it an honor to have shared fries with you during the Fashion Feud events, and I'm grateful for the opportunity to connect with you and the school. See you at Fashion First!