Student Stylists was founded by Eden Dawn and Kami Gray. As adjunct faculty to hundreds of Fashion Marketing and Apparel Design students seeking Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees at The Art Institute of Portland, Eden and Kami saw the need for an organized, centralized place for their star junior and senior students to get experience in the field of fashion and design.
Student Stylists was created to give job opportunities to these students, allow them to build their portfolio and resume, and to meet and showcase their talent to business owners in the local community in an effort to increase their chances of gainful employment upon graduation.
EDEN DAWN, CO-FOUNDER, is the Style Editor of Portland Monthly, Oregon’s national award winning magazine. Not only does she conceptualize and style the magazine’s lauded fashion editorials, she is the sole writer for their fashion blog – Shop Talk. The blog’s thousands of monthly readers have earned Dawn a spot as a tastemaker for Portland’s fashion scene, where she sits on numerous panels, including Portland Fashion Weeks’ Emerging Designer judging circle. For Season 9 of Project Runway the casting agents contacted Dawn directly for her opinion on blossoming Pdx fashion talent and eventually went on to cast two of her recommendations for the show, Bryce Black and Becky Ross. She is also an adjunct instructor in the the fashion department of The Art Institute of Portland, after happily graduating from the school with her second Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design and helps co-chair the school’s highly anticipated annual fashion show, one of the largest in the Pacific Northwest.
KAMI GRAY, CO-FOUNDER, is a film and television wardrobe stylist and art director for clients including Toyota, Discover Card, HP, Hostess, and Nike. She’s also a personal stylist for men and women and the author of the bestselling book, The Denim Diet. She teaches Bachelor of Fine Arts candidates in the field of Fashion Marketing and Apparel Design at the Art Institute of Portland, and along with Eden Dawn she co-chair’s the school’s annual fashion show. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Apparel Design from the Art Institute of Portland and is a native Oregonian. She spreads her keen fashion sense far and wide through media outlets such as Real Simple magazine, MSN.com, CNN.com, Women’s Day, Redbook, Yahoo, iVillage, and on local Portland-based TV shows including KOIN’s Studio Six and KATU’s AMNW. She also dispenses her style advice on her blog, which can be found on kamigray.com. Kami is the proud mother of Stephanie and Cameron, two very fashionable college students.