I am a fashion designer trying to do my part in creating less waste on this Earth by repurposing fabrics and minimizing waste in production. There is something very satisfying to me when I use as much of the fabric as possible – it’s like solving a puzzle. I specialize in stage performance wear, and I love collaborating with others to help bring their ideas to life. By performing at open mics throughout the Twin Cities, I’ve made amazing friends and have collaborated with almost all of them. I want my pieces to be something you want to have forever, that make you feel incredible when you put them on and that are multifunctional, versatile, and inspire others to create less of a carbon footprint.
Monica Nguyen has always had a passion for fashion and loved expressing her creativity. In her senior year of high school, she proudly wore a different stylish outfit to school every day. Monica had never touched a sewing machine before taking Industrial Sewing Methods in the apparel program at Minneapolis College. She takes pride in having an eco-friendly brand that makes people feel magical. Monica is also a singer/songwriter with the artist name of Raina i. Raina means queen, so Raina i is the queen of herself and her world. Her brand is called Dedicated to You and is also known as @DTYbyRainai. She dedicates each unique design to you and our Earth.
Models: Khai Khopesh, Alleiah M., Jodi Spencer, Nellie Yesilevsky
I want to thank my Goddess, ancestors, parents, auntie, fans, fellow designers, and friends. With your support and encouragement, I have fulfilled my dream of graduating from college. I’m so grateful that it was the Apparel Design and Technologies program at MCTC. Thank you, Mark, Vicki, and Renalie, for sharing your knowledge and helping me become the designer I am today.