One of the winningest art car paraders is Mark Bradford, known as Scrapdaddy. His 12-foot Mr. Green from 2012, 99% recycled materials, won the top prize. Bradford welds art and mechanical engineering, and his work has been featured in several exhibits. You can visit his Houston studio via video.
Facts every Houstonian should know about Chloe Dao: 1) her parents are Vietnamese but she grew up in Houston, 2) she won the 2nd season of Project Runway, and 3) her first original design was her senior prom dress. Also, she attended UH and HCC but finally graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Why she moved back to Houston: “I researched the retail scene for two years. I was noticing that Houston was finally getting big press in fashion magazines. The market was totally growing, and the fashion scene was growing a little bit more. I decided to move home and open my boutique. The concept of the boutique was a small New York boutique in Houston, Texas.”
For the Roman Catholic church, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston is the chancery for an archdiocese that encompasses 8,880 square miles and has its 1839 roots in Galveston. In 2000, Houston-founded architecture firm Ziegler Cooper was selected to design a new Cathedral that reflects the modern spiritual values of the community. 73,000 square feet of limestone is piled into muscular shapes, softened by elegant details.
Kimono Zulu is a fashion brand created by Tina Zulu using vintage kimonos and other traditional Japanese attire. Tina invites artists to collaborate in the creation of unique gowns, coats, at-home wear and wearable art. The products can be purchased at Magpies & Peacocks, The Pop-Up Co-op, and many Houston festivals.
Intexure Architects Rusty and Rame Hruska not only design custom modern homes and offices, they also invented a new way to build homes from pre-constructed modules, working more reliably, with less waste, and winning a Building Systems Award from the National Association of Home Builders for their startup Boxprefab.
David Peck is a celebrated fashion designer who dresses many of Houston’s brides, socialites, as well as celebrities including Taylor Swift and Kate Bosworth. He has a retail shop next to his Houston factory where all his clothing is constructed. He actively supports the community and contributes to many charity campaigns.