Texas has brought more to fashion than Western jeans and cowboy boots. Where would U.S. fans of haute couture and mainstream designers be without Neiman Marcus? Since opening in Dallas in 1907, the store has expanded across the United States and has always been associated with top fashion. And, more recently, the state has seen its native son Tom Ford go on to top design and creative positions at Gucci and Yves Saint Laurent.
Think you've got what it takes to follow in Ford's footsteps? You don't have to be a Texan to know that a state so large is full of creative variety, giving its fashion students a lot of styles and flavors to study and get influences from. Just take a brief look at three of Texas's major cities to see how different they are:
-- Austin: The state capital is widely regarded as an artistic hub in Texas. It's perhaps best known for its thriving music, growing theater scene, and great art museums.
-- Dallas: A large metropolis, Dallas is home to a number of historical sites, from the West End's red brick warehouses to the famous Sixth Floor Museum dedicated to the Kennedy Shooting. It's also a major shopping center, with the famous Neiman's sharing the spotlight with other national department stores and great boutiques.
-- Houston: An important business city, Houston is home to a number of companies related to the oil and tech industries. The city caters to its hardworking residents with a growing arts scene, gastronomic diversity, and its famous, innovative architecture.
Which scene is most in line with your style and fashion philosophy? Whether it's one of the above or something totally different, there's a Texas school of fashion near you.