ACDC Diaspora Designs – For the spring-summer line of 2019 Alyssa, Candace, Dianne, and Craig have created a visual representative of the African Diaspora. ACDC Diaspora Designs, is a group of four individuals with diverse backgrounds and skillsets. Craig Stingley, the mastermind that assembled the group, is a trained Engineering Professional, CAD Designer and Toolmaker. His keen eye for detail eventually melded with a growing passion for cultural fashion and he began cultivating his gift for fabric, color, print and pattern combination. Underwhelmed by the lack of African Heritage represented in fashion, Craig put together a group looking to expand cultural diversity on the fashion horizons. Alyssa Neff, is a SCAD alumni and the creative director of ACDC, possessing an amazing gift for bringing fashion concepts to life. She currently runs the sustainable denim brand offbeat while also managing and merchandising for a local Milwaukee retailer. Dianne Edwards, is an Alverno College alumni, who worked a corporate job for many years before returning to her love of fashion design. She recalls cutting patterns out of newspaper for her grandmother, and has continued to be inspired by the process of creative fashion design, possessing extensive experience, including involvement with the famed Ebony Fashion Fair. Candace Stingley, studied at UWM in the Theater Management Program and has performed in numerous stage plays, where she gained experience with wardrobe, makeup and set design as part of her program studies. Candace’s passion for fashion design began as a young girl, when she requested a sewing machine for her birthday. She began making her own clothing and is the primary motivator, for the interest her dad Craig Stingley, has developed in fashion design, a passion shared by ACDC.

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