Brenda Carlson


Program Coordinator, Fashion Design program, El Centro

History With Dallas College​

  • Since 2012 - Fashion Design program coordinator

Educational Background

  • Bachelor’s degree in fashion design, University of Minnesota with minors in textiles and dance

Related Professional Experience

  • Nearly 30 years of industry experience in both Dallas and Los Angeles includes working as a business owner, designer, product developer and sales representative, including:
    • Designing, prototyping and providing technical specifications for clothing lines
    • Coordinating production between overseas factories and line production in the U.S.
    • Initiating new styles with patternmakers, cutters and sewing operators
    • Creating and merchandising seasonal lines
    • Fabric sourcing, pattern making, fitting and producing first samples
    • Managing employees in design, sales, production and customer service
  • Early experience in Minnesota included working as a sales representative for the McCall Pattern Company and as assistant manager of new designs with the Sharpe Manufacturing Company

Areas Taught

  • Patternmaking, collection design, sketching, tailoring, introduction to mass production and special topics in fashion design and illustration
  • Also serves as advisor to the Fashion Society Club, coordinating an annual student fashion show and arranging guest speakers, field trips and opportunities with the local fashion industry for student enrichment.

Professional Memberships and Associations

  • Member of Fashion Group International