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September 12, 2013

Mankato fashion designer turns heads with innovative — and illuminated — designs

Mankato fashion designer turns heads with innovative -- and illuminated -- designs

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In addition, she'll display her dresses during Saturday's Black and White Gala in Mankato (the Twin Rivers Council for the Arts' annual fundraiser) as well as the Northstar Fashion market in October, a private trade show for retailers and manufacturers held annually in St. Paul.

"The first show turned into another show, and then another," Sinning said. "I'm just taking it one step at a time."

For now, Sinning's dresses are assembled entirely by hand with components she purchases at near-retail prices. As such, prototypes have been labor-intensive and expensive to produce.

But, the designer said she is hopeful of creating a pattern that could be manufactured in large quantities, thereby fixing the cost for an individual dress somewhere in the range of $500.

Sinning said she'd like to eventually market her dresses to prom-going teens and bridal parties. Since many of her designs are simply skirts or accessory pieces that can be attached to other pieces, Sinning envisions a bridal party with matching illuminations, or a bride who embellishes her traditional dress with a LED accents for the reception.

"I love these dresses as art," said Sinning, who teaches art lessons at the Children's Museum of Southern Minnesota as well as private lessons in her home. "They are like sculpture."

For more about Sinning's designs, visit www.puzzlelightdresses.com, or www.facebook.com/amy.sinning.3.

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