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Abby Zupancic '08
When she was named one of just seven Neiman Style Advisors in the country, Abby Zupancic '08 took it as her next opportunity to make a big mark on the fashion industry. Zupancic, who majored in apparel merchandising and business at Dominican, was chosen by Neiman Marcus Senior Vice President and Fashion Director Ken Downing to handle public relations, fashion education and styling for the legendary store's Midwest region.
As a style advisor, Zupancic scoped out the runways of Milan, New York and Paris to style her models and clients. She also was responsible for putting on trend presentations for Neiman's Northbrook location as well as shows on Chicago's Michigan Avenue and in St. Louis, Missouri.
"It was a great opportunity to get an education in fashion and the Neiman Marcus brand while I worked," Zupancic says.
Now, Zupancic is taking that experience to more runways in Chicago, as a producer with fashion show organizer ZAZZ Productions.
It's a new opportunity to ride the wave of the the fast-growing fashion industry in Chicago, she says.
Zupancic interned at ZZAZZ while at Dominican, an opportunity she secured with the help of the apparel faculty and the Office of Career Development. She also credits her introduction to the fashion community to Dominican, including opportunities such as the month-long study abroad program in Paris for apparel design and merchandising students.
A loyal alumna, Zupancic regularly returns to campus to participate in alumni panels and mentor current students looking to begin their careers in the fashion industry.
"After graduation you have to pay your dues," Zupancic says, "but if you keep pushing for more responsibility and more opportunities it will eventually turn into something great. I started out as an assistant and it wasn't that glamorous, but I had a good attitude and I knew that my go-getter personality was going to keep me moving forward."