FGI-AZ Student Members

Student membership is not a national program. Rather, each regional group decides the direction of their student outreach which may include student membership, a Student Career Day or scholarships. If membership is offered, the region dictates student eligibility requirements, fees and benefits.


For information about the Arizona Student Chapter contact Dapzury Valenzuela at dapzuryvalenzuela@msn.com.

Arizona Student Membership

The Arizona region of The Fashion Group International offers membership to students who have completed 24 credits, primarily sophomores, juniors and seniors. A student applicant must be in good academic standing (3.0 GPA or higher) at an accredited institution and enrolled in a fashion related curriculum for 12 or more credits a semester. Students are required to obtain one faculty recommendation or reference letter and submit a printed application.

Arizona Student Membership Benefits 

Arizona student board members will receive access to all Ready-To-Wear Collection audio/visual presentations with their membership. All student members will also be invited to attend a minimum of three events a year at a special student rate. In addition, they will receive FGI Bulletins and FGI trend reports.

Arizona Student Membership Dues

Dues for Arizona student members is $25




FGI-AZ Student Chapter Members:

Clorae Baca           Fashion Marketing, The Art Institute of Phoenix

e-mail   clorae@msn.com


We are currently accepting applications for the Arizona Student Chapter of FGI

 Student Chapter Chair:  Dapzury Valenzuela  dapzuryvalenzuela@msn.com


The Student Committe of Fashion Group International of Arizona presented their first sponsored event, "From Concept to Couture" in Scottsdale on May 15th. FGI Arizona Student Chapter premiered this event featuring local Couture Designer Galina Mihaleva. Galina is the winner of Project Runway Ecuador, an exceptionally talented couturiere and local boutique owner.

Photography by Chris Loomis at www.chrisloomis.com


The event began at 6:30pm with yummy hors d'oeuvres followed by the presentation at 7:30pm. FGI-AZ Student Chapter Chair, Katy Hansen and Co-Chair Dapzury Valenzuela welcomed members and guests and presented a DVD showcasing Galina and her design process from initial sketches, draping of the garment, and patternmaking, to the cutting and sewing of the final garment.


This was followed by a Live Art runway show featuring ASU dancers in one-of-a-kind garments possing for a duration that allowed viewers to appreciate the detail workmanship of the garments. The posses reflected Galina's inspiration by Gustav Klimt and his famous paintings.




Photography by Mario Zapien 

The event closed with the Student Committee presenting their Chic Citation Award to Dawn McCallum and Galina giving away a custom scarf through a random drawing of business cards collected during the event.

Thank you to all who attended this fabulous event!

Click (or paste into your browser) the following link to view the video:



Photography by Francine McCrea


For more information on Galina visit her at 4151 N. Marshall Way in Scottsdale or online at http://www.galinacouture.com/.


The Student Committee were involved in all aspects of the event including DVD production, invitation design, press release, hair and make-up, runway production and set-up, to the scheduling of the music, models and catering.


FGI-AZ Student Chapter Board Members:

Nicole Riley                Fashion Design

Jason Santiago          Fashion Design

V. Ravana                 Fashion Marketing, AIPX

Anna Yako                Fashion Marketing, AIPX

Whitney Helmich      Fashion Marketing, AIPX

Catrina Rodriguez      Fashion Marketing, AIPX

FGI-AZ Student Chapter Members:

Lisa Levinson            Fashion Marketing, AIPX

Daniel Nicolas-Harr    Fashion Marketing, AIPX

Chrisal Valencia         Fashion Marketing, AIPX

Beverly Garwood       Fashion Design, Phx College

Ashley Jongbloets     Fashion Marketing, AIPX

Ashley Vyrostek         Fashion Marketing, AIPX


Special thanks to "Speedy" at NK Photography and Classic Cakes and Confections