White denim gown with red wooden joiners apron. I designed it for the FIT Graduate Show in May 2006. Later on 06/09/2006 WGSN (the leading online trend-analysis and research service) wrote, "The cage-like wooden joiner overlay Brigitte Schwenner placed over her white denim princess-seamed gown, brought a surreal, Fifth Element effect to the delicate piece."
My interest in fashion came in second grade, when I saw my father using a nail as an alternative for a lost button to close his trousers. Still in school, I already took classes in couture hand and machine sewing and knitting. I continued designing and sewing garments throughout my whole life. My dream to do what I love so much professionally came true, when I started to study Fashion Design at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City where I was awarded a Bachelor’s degree in Art and Design Summa Cum Laude. Extracurricular Haute Couture and business classes built the foundation for my business SIEVERING Evening, Bridal, and Cocktail that I established in 2006. In 2008, I won the Supima Inaugural Design Competition for the best knit design. In the 2010 Fashion Group International Rising Star Award competition, I was chosen a finalist among Joseph Altuzarra, Prabal Gurung, et al. I felt more than happy, when, in spring 2013, I got asked to act as Designer Critic and later the same year to also teach Fashion Design at my alma mater.