Plus sized fashions with Tennille White

May 19, 2011 10:15:37 AM PDT
Chicago fashion designer Tennille White has a new summer line of contemporary fashions for plus sized women.

All the looks are available for purchase at

Look 1 - St. Barts - Italian Linen Jumper - $185
Look 2 - Los Cabos - One-Shoulder Jersey Maxi Dress - $175
Look 3 - Maui - Silk Blouson Top & Silk Faux Wrap Skirt - Top -$125 Skirt - $135
Look 4 - Turks & Caicos - Silk Shift Dress with Detached Belt - $225
Look 5 - Aruba - Silk One-Shoulder Dress w/ Bow Detail - $185
Look 6 - St. Tropez - Silk Charmeuse Strapless Maxi Dress - $235

Born and raised in Chicago, IL, Tennille's fascination with and commitment to fashion was first established in a high school fashion design class. Ms. White's journey continued by attending the International Academy of Design & Technology where she was a double major in fashion design and fashion merchandising. After college, like so many other fashion design graduates, Tennille was anxiously anticipating starting a fashion career in New York, but endured an injury that caused her to undergo eight months of physical therapy. During her rehabilitation, she made the decision to remain in Chicago and became determined to make an imprint on Chicago's fashion industry. Her yearnings for success were immediately nourished at a Women's Conference where her apparel sold out and resulted in numerous orders. A year later, in 2004, she launched her independent fashion label, Tennille White Chicago, and received her first order with a popular Georgia boutique and 85 nationwide boutiques soon followed.

Her rapid rise in the fashion world is attributed to not only her design skills, but also her gifted sewing ability. Ms. White personally creates numerous custom orders where she channels her energy and natural instincts by injecting breathtaking life into her own ideas. Tennille found her niche from regularly receiving specialized orders from women sized 12+. She has the knack for designing luxurious, yet comfortable contemporary clothing for women with curves. "I design pieces for everyday women that want to get noticed when they walk into a room," Ms. White tells. Her versatile, colorful, and unique designs allow clients to exude a strong sense of confidence that encourages them to express their personality and flaunt their individuality. Clients find that Tennille's line emphasizes a fresh infusion of realistic, colorful, and dynamic pieces.

In her relatively young fashion career, Ms. White has already made some accomplishments that have recognized her achievement in fashion. She has been the lead designer for the Chicago Bulls organization since 2005 and was one of the choice designers for the Apparel Industry Board, Inc.'s "Chicago is Red Hot" 2006-2008 fashion shows. The Fashion Group International honored Tennille with its 2007 "Rising Star" award, for setting the standard for luxury apparel. In September 2007, Tennille was asked to lend her fashion expertise to the Chicago Tribune's Red Eye newspaper as a bi-weekly fashion critic. Additionally, her Spring 2010 Collection was featured on cable's #1 fashion themed telecast, BET's Rip the Runway.

Tennille also served as the President of the Apparel Industry Board Inc.'s Young Designer Network. Through the Apparel Industry Board, Tennille used her innovative leadership ability to help develop and facilitate a program in conjunction with the Chicago Public Schools' Education to Careers program for an inner-city high school with a fashion department. During this yearlong program, she taught the students what it really means to be a fashion designer. She exposed them to the "real" culture of the fashion industry through interactive activities, lectures and field trips. Tennille also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for both the Apparel Industry Board and Fashion Group International and is the youngest member of Mayor Daley's Fashion Council in Chicago.

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