Hannah Henderson

Hannah Henderson, of Rainsville, was the local winner in the Art Institute of Tennessee’s Passion for Fashion competition.

Hannah Henderson, of Rainsville, was the local winner in the Art Institute of Tennessee’s Passion for Fashion competition.

Henderson won in the fashion marketing and merchandising and retail management category. The competition was created to encourage and reward young fashion talent.

Henderson is an 18-year-old senior at Plainview High School and earned a $3,000 tuition scholarship to study fashion marketing and merchandising and retail management at the Art Institute of Tennessee in Nashville.

“Every aspect of fashion interests me,” Henderson said. “So much can be revealed about oneself … but what I love most about fashion is that it has always provided me with an outlet to express myself.”

In the fashion design category, entrants were asked to create innovative and wearable eveningwear designs. In the fashion marketing and merchandising and retail management category, competitors created concepts for fashion marketing, merchandising and retail management plans.

Henderson’s entry included her concept for a boutique — and bakery — called Styles by Hannah Ryles, to be located just off Broadway in downtown Nashville.

In addition to her tuition scholarship, Henderson will progress to the national round of the Art Institute’s Passion for Fashion Competition where her entry will be judged against other local winners from throughout North America for the competition’s grand prize: a half-tuition scholarship to an Art Institutes school, and a VIP trip to New York City to include a “meet and greet” at “Seventeen’s” New York City offices, lunch and a $500 shopping spree at DKNY with a “Seventeen” Style Pro, and a $500 gift card to shop anywhere in New York City.

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