Since the age of 12, Diane Linston has been sketching and designing women’s clothing designs. An Alabama native, growing up she felt a lack of sophisticated yet spirited fashion choices available for women. It wasn’t long before friends and family were turning to Diane for help in amplifying their otherwise average wardrobe purchased at traditional department stores.
Fueling her passion for fashion into a career, she attended and graduated from the Virginia Marti College of Art & Design in Lakewood, Ohio, and subsequently launched Styles of Imagination in 1999, a store front boutique located in Maple Heights, Ohio; Styles of Imagination open a second store in downtown Cleveland Ohio, named II Styles of Fashions. After closing both stores in 2005, Diane went on to start her own clothing line.
The N.G.U. Designs.
Styles of Imagination has participated in more than 100 fashion shows including the Black Family Expo, Smooth Cool & Jazzy Celebrity Hair and Fashion Show, The Cleveland Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club, Segami International and at a fashion show for Madam Jewel Howard-Taylor, the Queen of lofa County Liberia, The National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Alpha IX Chapter, Fashion show for Yvonne Pointer Triplett, positive plus organization, Diane recently participated in the 2008 22nd annual International Designer of the year competitions sponsor by Black Hair & Fashion and New Day Association in Islin New Jersey, Fashion week in Detroit Michigan, and Washington DC. THE N.G.U. designs collection will be featured in a major department store in Atlanta Georgia this fall, called the Vogue Department list and the goes on.
Diane Linton, has been recognized by Phenomenal Foundation, honoring her doing positive work in her community. She also was recognized by Proyecto Luz, for volunteering her time and fashions during a benefit for Aids in the Hispanic community, The National Association of Negro business & professional Women’s Club, Inc showcased her designs in a Per Ebony Fashion show for up coming & raising designers from Cleveland Ohio. 2001 Diane Linston, was inducted in Virginia Marti College of Fashion & Art Wall of Fame. Because of her positive spirit and inspiration to others Diane, has been interviewed by many High School & College student as a class project.
Though Styles of Imagination is the umbrella name of all her collections, it is the N.G.U. by Design Y label that is her signature line. N.G.U., which stands for Never Give Up, and has been Diane’s rallying cry throughout her entire pursuit of becoming a fashion designer.
Diane works her magic as a fashion coordinator on the hit TV show “Help I Need a Make Over,” which airs on Time Warner Cable in Cleveland. She serves on the board of directors for the Crozierli Foundation and the Segami International Modeling School and volunteers her time at various school career days & Dress for Success in Cleveland Ohio, where she speaks to other women in transitions about how to dress in the work place. Diane also has mentor with organization like Junior Achievement and NAACP mentoring program.
Fashion Industry Experience
Degree in Fashion Designs, & Fashion Merchandising. Owned & operate 2 boutiques in Ohio, As a Fashion Designer I have launched my own clothing company. The N.G.U Designs
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