Dr. Darlene C. Ritz has designed in New York City, Los Angeles, San Diego, Tokyo, Toronto, and many other cities. Dr. Ritz, a Colorado native, returned to her home state in 2014 to launch the Fashion Design department at Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. (Ironically, the RMCAD campus is next door to her first job — washing dishes at Casa Bonita.) As a scholar and practitioner, Darlene continues to practice her craft and inspire the next generation of industry professionals.
Dr. Ritz’s own clothing line, DCRStudios, began as a classroom experiment. One day, when training students how to develop fashion projects as independent designers, a student asked “Have you ever done this? Like, really done this?” She had not developed an independent line outside of her design work for large companies, so she set out to become an example for her students and prove that they can achieve their goals. DCRStudios has showcased in Denver Fashion Weekend, Denver’s Unique Week of Fashion, and the Colorado Tattoo Convention, and has been featured in publications like 303 Magazine and Xposure.
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