Allie Cowden

Allie Cowden

Michigan | Model

Photograph Courtesy of Hwa-Jeen Na

Designer #1: Megan Gregory

Designer #2: Liz Hilton

Hair/Makeup: The Edge Salon

Accessories Provided By: Megan Gregory

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Allie Cowden

Photograph Courtesy of Hwa-Jeen Na

My name is Allie Cowden. I am 25 years old and I have Down Syndrome. I attend an Adult Transition Program through Grand Rapids Public Schools. I have four jobs. I make cookies and edible fruit bouquets at Cookie Chicks in Comstock Park and I’m a production manager. I also intern at the Down Syndrome Association of West Michigan and I volunteer at the Arc of Kent County. I am a self-advocate and public speaker. I work at McDonald’s and I have been there for 10 years. Friday is our fun day to socialize with my peers and friends. I have a boyfriend. His name is Glen. For fun I love dancing, and downhill skiing, swimming, spending with my family, friends and my dog Ginger. I like to stay healthy and exercise every day.

Allie Cowden

Designer #1: Megan Gregory

Photograph Courtesy of Eric Bouwens

Allie is wearing a design representing the inner child we all hold within as adults. Inspired by the life and work of fiber artist Judith Scott, this asymmetrical design represents the deep relationship felt between Scott and her twin sister. The embroidery for the look was done by hand which as, the designer explains, “represents how even though our lives may twist and turn, it will always lead back to our roots, as the rope has no end.” Subtle neutrals are woven with striations of electric yellow color to create the appearance of texture over a smooth jacquard. The color pallet was chosen because early in life we are drawn to the brightest colors, typically a variation of the red, yellow, and blue triad.

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Designer #2: Liz Hilton

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If you have had the pleasure of knowing Allie, you know she lights up any room she enters. Allie’s dress has an empire waist and sleeves with a stitch design inspired by the fashions in pride and prejudice. This garment takes inspiration from at least one garment in the show. Can you tell which ones?