About Angela Johnson
Angela is a Fashion Designer, Fashion Illustrator, Fashion Educator, Arizona Fashion Industry Leader and Insider, Fashion Business Consultant and Fashion Show Coordinator

 

ARTIST'S STATEMENT

The idea for giving vintage tees the Cinderella treatment happened quite by accident. I transplanted myself out of my mass-produced clothing line in LA and landed in an Arizona school teaching fashion classes. The “T-shirt Ballgown” was an evolution of a lesson I taught on repurposing and recycling objects into garments. When I found that I had created something that was eco-friendly, unique, comfortable, washable, versatile and fun, the entrepreneur in me immediately decided to act on the idea and start another clothing company. My business of “upcycling” T-shirts into new garments was born.

Using 25 or more shirts to create one finished gown, I see each shirt as a piece of fabric, not as an existing garment. I manipulate a stretchy knit fabric into shapes and structures for which it was never engineered, incorporating highly tailored shaping details such as darts and boning. Sure, I could easily source knits in an endless rainbow of colors from any fabric wholesaler in the country, but the end result would have no meaning, no story and no power. There is beauty in the transformation from utilitarian tee to girlie confection; a resourceful frivolity.

By Kelly Aaron for Angela Johnson

FASHION DESIGNER

ANGELA JOHNSON (2003-Present)
Angela is an award-winning, indie designer who handcrafts cutting edge, eco-friendly clothing consisting mainly of dresses created from recycled or “thrifted” T-shirts.  She is best known for her “T-shirt Ballgowns” which have been a staple in her line since 2003.  Her clothing is sold online, in boutiques nationwide, and at her fashion and trunk shows. www.angelajohnsondesigns.com

·          Books
Eco-Fashion by Sass Brown | Phoenix: 21st Century City by Edward Booth-Clibborn | Organico by Spoonlive

·          Magazines/Newspapers
The Washington Post, Daily Candy, The Arizona Republic, AZ Magazine, Contact Magazine, Scottsdale CVB’s Guide, Phoenix CVBWebsite, Cover of New Times, AZ Sports and Lifestyle Magazine, Biz AZ, Switch Magazine, Java, Where Magazine, 944, Get Out Magazine, Scottsdale Republic, East Valley Tribune, Scottsdale Tribune, Biz AZ, Arizona Foothills, College Times, Item, So Scottsdale, Lemonade, A2Z Magazine, on the red carpet at the Emmy’s on Mary Beth York and countless online publications and blogs.

·          TV/Video
The Dishon Style Network, Ch. 3 news, Ch. 5, Ch. 12 News and FOX News, Cashak Magazine, Inside the Artist’s Mind on local cable, My Phoenix Dream Day for the Greater Phoenix Convention and Visitor’s Bureau Website.

MONKEYWENCH (1997-2001)
Angela co-owned a street wear line called Monkeywenchwith actressChristie Clark, who played Carrie Bradyon the soap opera Days of Lives.  The line was inspired by the board sports industry.

·          Celebrity clients
Pam Anderson, Tommy Lee, Christina Applegate, Quentin Tarantino, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tori Spelling, Leann Rimes, Nicki Cox, Jeremy London, Lisa Rinna, Kevin Connely, the entire cast of Days of Our Lives,and more. 

·          TV
Jesse, Beverly Hills 90210, Soul Train in Japan, the Pat Bullard Show and Days of Our Lives

·          Magazines
Seventeen, Warp, Girl's Life, Sportswear International, Vice, WWD, J-14, Electric Ink, Fresh and Tasty, Barracudaand on the cover of Fashion West.

X-LARGE MANUFACTURING AND X-GIRL CLOTHING (1995-1999)
Angela got her start working in design and production for X-Large, the line owned by Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boysand X-Girl, the line owned by Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. She started as a cutter and worked her way up to design and eventually held the position of Production Manager taking the line through the entire production process.

AZ FASHION INDUSTRY LEADER AND INSIDER

FASHION GROUP INTERNATIONAL OF AZ (2002-Present)
Angela is the Regional Director for FGI-AZ for 2014-2106. In 2004, FGI-AZ awarded Angela the FGI-AZ Rising Star award.

SCOTTSDALE FASHION WEEK (2008-2011)
Angela was the Scottsdale Fashion Week Community Coordinator.  She coordinated all SFW events involving local fashion designers and students including Community Night, Designer of the Year and the Educational Series.

ARIZONA FASHION FOUNDATION/LABELHORDE FASHION (mid 2000’s)
Angela’s reputation as an Arizona fashion industry leader and insider began when she co-founded an organization called, Arizona Fashion FoundationandLabelHorde Fashion which provided an industry directory and foundation for Arizona’s fashion industry from 2003 to 2007.  AFF/LabelHorde gained significant recognition and in 2004 made the Top 50 of Phoenix Magazine’s Best Of issueas “Best Bootstraps Effort”. Angela’s efforts with LH/AFF have continually been credited with kick-starting Arizona’s emerging fashion industry.    Today, Angela maintains the original LH/AFF email database with thousands of Arizona fashion professionals and lovers and keeps everyone updated on local fashion events, news and opportunities. Angela is relaunching LabelHorde as a local Fashion Industry Directory for Arizona with plans to expand to all cities outside of traditional fashion cities like LA or NY.

SCOTTSDALE MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ARTS (early 2000’s)
Organized and participated in the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Arts "SMoCANights" Runway events. Angela coordinated multi local designer fashion shows, including her own, into one of Arizona’s most notable quarterly, sold out, fashion events.

FASHION EDUCATOR

FASHION INSTRUCTOR
Arizona State University
Mesa Community College
Collins College
Art Institute of Phoenix
New School for the Arts and Academics

FASHION PUBLIC SPEAKER
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
AZ Department of Education

EDUCATIONAL ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
AZ Department of Education - State Family and Consumer Sciences Advisory Board member
AZ Department of Education - part of the design team for the Adaptation/Adoption Curriculum Framework Process for Fashion Design and Merchandisingto aid in the development of a curriculum framework for students and teachers in the Fashion and Merchandising fields in Arizona
East Valley Institute of Technology

SMALL FASHION BUSINESS CONSULTANT

 

 

Eco-friendly, sustainable, one-of-a-kind fashion "upcycled" from "thrifted" and scavenged T-shirts