What is Circle of Design

It all started with a story. The main character of which was the garment itself. Telling the story meant that consumers would be allowed to see the intimate details that go into the design process of the garment. From conception to the final product, all the way to the reincarnation through thrift and consignment - the story was told through fashion, models, runway, music, and dance. The story continues each year, from a different perspective and sometimes in a diffferent time and place. Just as the circle is never ending, so too are the stories and life of fashion. This is Circle of Design - giving life to the untold stories of fashion.

Circle of Design Team

Shelly Gensmer
Executive Producer, Director, Writer
Shelly Gensmer is the brains behind this fast growing fashion favorite. Having always loved fashion design, styling, dance and creative writing; Shelly put together Circle of Design as a means to not only create a forum to collaborate talents, market small businesses and local designers, but to change the typical fashion show and make it relative and exciting to the every day consumer.
Christopher Straub
Host and Emcee
Project Runway alumnus, local celebrity and designer – Christopher has brought his charisma and talents to the Circle of Design stage since its inaugural year!
Leah Putz
Executive Assistant, Producer
World traveler, creative writer, fashion forward Leah has been a huge contributor to Circle of Design’s success! From model casting, to backstage management – Leah is your go-to-gal.
Alicia Rodriguez
Lead Choreographer
Circle of Design Alumna, dance Instructor through Mayer Arts, and lifelong student to the art of dance – Alicia Rodriguez brings her talents to Circle of Design as the Lead Choreographer!

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