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Washington D.C. Designer Takes Big Strides in the Fashion Industry
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Washington D.C. Designer Takes Big Strides in the Fashion Industry

What comes to mind when thinking of professions in Washington D.C.? To most people, it is the perfect city to be in if you want to get into politics or law. It is not the first city that comes to mind if one is interested in the entertainment or fashion industry, yet recently there has been a growth of new artistic talent blossoming in the D.C. area especially with regards to the fashion industry. There is an array of up and coming artists, photographers and fashion designers gracing the city with their presence, creativity and hard work. Cynthia Bapst is one of those talents who is continuously proving that success can be created in any city if you have a real passion and drive for what you do.

Cynthia, wife and mother of two, had always dreamed of being a fashion designer but did not pursue that dream until about two years ago when she first started her line, Union of Angels. Bapst resides in Delaplane, Virginia, also known as horse country, which is where she gains much of her inspirations for her collections. Her fall collections have an "equestrian meets rock-star" feel while her spring collections have a more bohemian and resort style to them.

Although Bapst does not live in a fashion capital such as New York City, her determination to be successful in the fashion industry has definitely paid off and is continuing to do so. Not only does Bapst sell her line in boutiques across the country and in St. Barth, The French West Indies, but she just showcased her fall 2011 collection at Lexus's Nashville Fashion Week on the same night as famous designer Christian Siriano, star of the popular series, Project Runway. It was not a surprise for Bapst to be asked to showcase her equestrian inspired collection at Nashville Fashion Week as she has created a great rapport with many local boutique owners and record labels in the city. Bapst currently sells her collection in the popular Nashville boutique, Stacey Rhodes, and has been working with both Warner Brothers and Big Machine Records to provide her designs for their female artists and singers. Said Bapst, "I was thrilled to be part of Nashville Fashion Week and especially to be showcasing right before Christian Siriano. Nashville is a music loving city and both music and fashion are beautiful forms of art so it was really exciting to bring fashion to a city famous for their music." Also in attendance that week were supermodel legend, Cheryl Tiegs and PR guru, Kelly Cutrone, owner of the famous public relations firm, People's Revolution and star of Bravo's hit show, Kell on Earth, who helped backstage with the Union of Angel's show.

Other exciting projects in the works for Bapst include a possibility of starring on season 9 of Project Runway and starting her new bathing suit line. When asking Bapst what it is like being a fashion designer in Washington D.C., she said "It is a bit challenging to be a designer in a city that is not known for fashion because contacts are not at my fingertips as they would if I lived in New York or LA. I have had to think outside the box a little more and dig a little deeper in the creativity department. People have always told me that I need to move to New York if I want to be a designer but I do not agree, I think that anyone can be successful in any industry no matter where you live although you may face more obstacles. The lesson is to break through those obstacles and I have learned that if you put the hard work into something, success will come and I hope more people in the Washington D.C. area embrace their artistic side and follow their dreams."

If you would like to learn more about Cynthia Bapst and her brainchild, Union of Angels, visit www.unionofangels.com or visit her showroom at 30 South Third Street in Warrenton, VA.

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