Mary Ann Duckworth has been sewing for the public in Dallas for more than 40 years, and she continues to specialize in wedding dress custom designs, alterations and re-makes of existing dresses. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in art design from the University of Oklahoma and teaching certification from the University of North Texas.
She began her career in Los Angeles, where she worked for Pixie of California Junior Dresses, and then for more than 20 years worked for Temerlin McClain, a major advertising agency headquartered in Dallas now operating as TM Advertising within the McCann-Erickson group. While with Temerlin McClain, she worked on a projects for clients where samples, photo shoot props or presentation materials were made of fabric and required sewing.
Mary Ann began designing and making wedding dresses in 1986, and for more than a decade was a costume designer for the West Side Players of Dallas Repertory Theatre. She has also designed and manufactured clothing for American Girl dolls and created sewn items for Kidney Foundation fundraisers.
Honors include honorable mention in the suiting category of Fashion Group International of Dallas’ career day 2003; honorable mention in wool fashion design at the Texas Food and Fibers Commission career day 2004; and the Excellence in Teaching award for adjunct faculty in El Centro’s Arts and Sciences Division in 2008-2009. She is a member of the American Sewing Guild.
“I believe that finely made clothes are works of art,” she says. “Sewing is my passion, and my goal is to transfer that passion to my students.” Mary Ann teaches Ready-to-Wear Construction in the Fashion Design program.