Here are our esteemed judges, all with a background and deep interest in fashion design:

Shirin Askari - Growing up in an artistic family Shirin Askari would watch her mother sew and and was making her own dresses by the age of 7.  Two months after graduating with a degree in fashion design from the University of North Texas, she received a call that she would be on the sixth season of Project Runway. After the show, Shirin moved to NYC where she began her own line of contemporary womenswear. She later returned to her hometown of Dallas, TX where she debuted her first full collection to a packed house. Now, along with doing custom bridal she owns a ready-to-wear line that can be found in stores and online at

twitter: @shirinaskari


Heidi Dillon – The founder and CEO of THE FASHIONISTAS, Heidi grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where she developed a passion for art and fashion at a very early age. Many of her family members were artists, designers, and musicians — and some of her favorite memories are of watching her grandmother make young Heidi “couture” party clothes from Vogue patterns by designers such as Bill Blass, Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior. She is currently a star on the reality show Big Rich Texas.





Cynthia Smoot - A partner in Gangway Advertising where her self-appointed title is the Coordinator of Chaos, Cynthia spends her days creating interactive social media strategies for clients through blogs and other online platforms. At night, she hits the town to cover “Dallas’ hottest events and coolest people”. Oh So Cynthia is a lifestyle blog about what makes Dallas a fabulous place to live. From food to fashion, reality TV to charity galas, cultural events to business deals, Cynthia likes to be right in the middle of the action and take readers along for the ride! You can follow her on Twitter @OhSoCynthia and @GangwayAdv.


Julie - The editor behind the lifestyle blog Julip Made where she showcases a collection of editorial and pictorial musings for living the stylish life, Julie created Julip Made as an outlet where she could share her daily creative endeavors including her love for all things fashionfooddesign,  entertainingbeauty, and color as well as snapshots of life in Washington, D.C. With a mother who owned her own quilting business, Julie has been sewing from a young age. This passion continued in college where she took several textile and design related courses, and even helped with the annual student-run fashion show. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that Julie has an interest in supporting and encouraging student and young designers to push themselves and to put themselves out there.



Erin Souder - Erin Souder is the voice and the creative mind behind House of Earnest, a Home Décor, DIY, and Entertaining website devoted to bringing fresh new ideas to your home daily.  When she isn’t blogging, she works as a product developer in the fashion industry and travels the globe working with designers to bring their designs to factories around the world for market production.  She specializes in taking designs from concept to creation both in the home and on the runway. Erin lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband and dog.


One Response to Judging Panel

  1. cowtown_usa says:

    By the way, I happen to think this is a very interesting contest. I adore fashion in all its extremes. I started out just voting for a relative but do have a couple of other entries that I love and have voted for them.

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