Ann Gadbury

Fashion Professor, DMACC Fashion Institute
Ann Gadbury

As a professor at the DMACC Fashion Institute, Ann helps inspire and guide students to find their own identities and voices as designers.  Her passion for creativity and design feed her energy in the classroom.  Interactive classrooms that give real-world applications is what Ann provides to DMACC students.

In the classroom, Ann encourages students to step outside their design comfort zone and create garments from unconventional materials.  You can also find her students building creative window displays, designing fashion collections, coordinating and producing the annual DFI Fashion Gala, traveling to NYC to meet with industry professionals, and gaining experience through internships. 

Ann’s love for the craft started at a young age, she spent hours creating clothes for her dolls, designed and sewed her own prom dress in high school, and took part in many 4-H fashion events.  But, it was a trip to New York City, where she met with designers and fashion industry professionals when she was thirteen, that cemented her future in fashion.

Ann is a graduate of Iowa State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Creative Apparel Design and a master’s degree in Business.  Before teaching Ann worked as a manager for a small Des Moines based custom apparel company.  Later, she worked as a manager with a large Omaha based interiors retailer.  She has also spent countless hours as a small business owner and freelance designer. 

Outside of the classroom, you can find Ann spending time with her family, volunteering, and experiencing the arts and culture of Des Moines.

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