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  • Aaron Campbell

Venny Etienne Talks Career, Diversity in Fashion and Working With Beyonce for "Black is King"


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Black is King, the highly-celebrated visual album by Beyonce, was praised not only for its musical performances but also for its striking costumes. One of the designers that contributed to Beyonce's amazing wardrobe was New York-born, Texas-based designer Venny Etienne. Etienne attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, and later transferred to Wade College in Dallas, TX. He was featured on season 17 of Bravo's Project Runway and has received numerous awards from the fashion industry including the "Paris American Academy Couture Award,” which gave Etienne the opportunity to study haute couture in Paris.



Etienne now designs for his own brand named "Levenity," which focuses on creating luxury sportswear for women. Since starting his own line he has dressed the likes of Niecy Nash, Fantasia and Cardi B. The Quintessential Gentleman's fashion editor, Aaron Campbell, sat down with Etienne where he discussed his experience on "Project Runway," designing for Beyonce, how the fashion industry can be more inclusive, and his latest line Collection 003.


Check out the interview below.