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A former Marine, Yvonne traded in her combat boots for a career in costume, fashion, and scenic design after serving 5 years with a tour overseas in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since then she has been making a name for herself in her hometown of Dallas, TX as an up and coming designer. Her passion for visual storytelling has led to work as a freelance fashion illustrator where her art was featured on the Real Housewives of Dallas, to designing the shirt worn by 50ft animatronic mascot Big Tex at the 2016-2018 Texas State Fair while working as the design coordinator for apparel company Williamson-Dickie. 

A recent graduate from Meadows School of the Arts at SMU with an M.F.A. degree in Stage Design she has garnered such achievements as the competitive Television Academy's costume design internship, as well as winning last year's Black Theatre Network's Judy Dearing Costume Design Competition for her work on SMU's opera production of Our Town. Hoping to continue her career in film, television, opera, and theatre, she plans to relocate to Chicago next year after completing work on projects postponed due to covid-19 in Dallas.

  • 2019 Black Theatre Network's Judy Dearing Student Costume Design Competition

  • 2019 SMU's Taubman Scholarship

  • 2018 Television Academy Costume Design Internship

  • 2017 Project Goodwill Fashion Competition 2nd Place

  • 2012 Fashion Group International's Career Day 1st Place Mohair Fiber Competition​