New York. If you can make it there, you'll make it anywhere.
Just ask Calgary's Jennifer Bawden. Bawden has become one of New York's hottest fashion designers and most beloved socialites. While her dresses adorn the covers of Cosmopolitan, New Woman and Elle, Bawden is seen gracing New York's society pages organizing charity events for such beneficiaries as the New York City Opera.
Bawden recently received the 1990 Manhattan Award, in the Junior category, honoring individuals who have made a special contribution to New York City's spirit, excellence and compassion. Her collections have been featured in the windows of Bergdorf Goodman's Fifth Avenue and Giorgio's on Rodeo Drive. She's now negotiating with Holt Renfrew to represent her line in Canada.
"I design dresses that my friends and I can't find," says Bawden. "My objective is to bring out a woman's inner beauty through the confidence of spectacular feminine design."
Born in Calgary, she's the daughter of oilman and politician Peter Bawden. And home is still where part of her heart is. "It's important to let people in Alberta know what I'm doing. I guess you can say I have a love affair with Canada."