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Design Alumna Invited
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Leah Huntsinger (Design '04) sitting under a portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt in the White House.Leah Huntsinger (Design '04) in the red room at the White House.Custom handbag designed and made by Leah Hunstinger (Design '04)Leah Huntsinger while a student at UC Davis modeling the project she made for DES170 in Fall 2003 (and wore 11 years later to the White House).Leah Huntsinger while a student at UC Davis modeling the project she made for DES170 in Fall 2003 (and wore 11 years later to the White House).Gown by Alexander McQueen worn by Michelle Obama.Designer gowns on display in the White House worn by Michelle Obama at various state functions.Designer gowns on display in the White House worn by Michelle Obama at various state functions.

Leah Huntsinger, Design ’04, visited the White House on October 8th, 2014 with her employer, Christy Rilling Studio, a high profile tailoring and custom design Atelier/Agency. As part of her job, Leah works with celebrities, fashion magazines and production companies, fitting and tailoring clothes for events, advertisements and editorials. According to Leah, “we work with Vogue a lot, and I’ve done shoots with Glamour and WSJ magazine. I travelled in July with Tonne Goodman, of Vogue, to shoot October’s cover and photo spread of Reese Witherspoon in Nashville. The atelier was invited to a reception at the White House for a Celebration of Design to thank the industry for our contribution to fashion. It was part of a day long educational event that included workshops with Zac Posen and Anna Wintour and it was hosted by the First Lady.” Incidentally, for the White House visit Leah wore an outerwear garment she created in DES170, Experimental fashion, back in fall 2003, along with a new leather clutch she designed and made for the occasion.

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