By Heather Behrens


DALLAS (KRLD) — Wade College senior fashion designer Venny Etienne is headed to Paris this summer after winning a prestigious fashion challenge in April.

Etienne, a Haitian-American student from Brooklyn, won the Fashion Group International Scholarship Competition at the Dallas Market Center, earning entrance to an all-expenses-paid, study-abroad program.

Etienne has attended Wade College since his sophomore year and has competed in the event before, but his sports bomber jacket and tailored pants earned him the coveted FGI Paris American Academy Couture Award.

He leaves Tuesday for Paris, where he will take classes and learn from some of the biggest names in fashion.

“I am truly humbled and honored for this amazing opportunity to learn from the ones who worked for the amazing French fashion houses such as Madame Grés, Nina Ricci, Pierre Balmain, Jean Paul Gaultier and many more. I am so ready to consume all that Paris and the Paris American Academy have to offer and inject it into my work ethic and my life,” said Etienne. “And I’m honored to represent Dallas and Wade College – where I’ve learned so much – as well as my hometown Brooklyn, NY.”

Etienne, who expects to graduate in September, has also found time to create his own fashion brand called LeVenity, which is attracting national attention.

He spoke with KRLD’s Heather Behrens about the competition and the opportunity in front of him.

(Photo by Karlo X Ramos)

(Photo by Venny Etienne)

(Photo by Venny Etienne)

(Photo by Venny Etienne)

(Photo by Venny Etienne)

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