April is the founding owner and manager of Dress Gallery. Retail is her passion, and she loves the ever-changing environment bridal presents. As the owner, April has seen the industry change and evovle rapidly. “Bridal changes all the time,” April says. “New brides bring new style ideas, options, and opportunities to be creatvie. I embrace that.” April has been through a renovation and expansion of Dress Gallery and has helped the business grow to be the #1 ranked bridal store in the state of Kansas. Originally from Taiwan, April has an MBA from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kansas. She and her husband Jason enjoy their life in west Wichita.
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At Dress Gallery, we pride ourselves on having a diverse group of highly trained consultants who are prepared to help any bride with all of her wedding needs. From the bridal gown to bridesmaids to tuxes, each consultant is passionate about the industry and ready to turn a bride’s vision into reality!
Katie started at Dress Gallery in the summer of 2014 as an intern. She graduated from K-State in December, 2014 with a degree in apparel and textiles specializing in design and production. She started sewing and designing clothes as a child, and is currently working on her own bridal gown designs. Katie’s favorite thing about her job is making a special connection to her brides. “I love getting to be a part of such a special experience. There is nothing more incredible than getting to see the glow on a bride’s face when she’s found the dress she’ll marry the love of her life in.” Katie also loves creating custom elements for brides and their gowns. “Designing is what I do, and I love helping each bride achieve their own unique bridal look.”
Jillian has been in bridal since 2007. Her heart lies in fashion and weddings, and how weddings change family history and individuals. Her best day is when she can make a bride and her family supremely happy. “Finding a dress is an emotional and beautiful experience,” Jillian says. “It’s the most important garment a woman will ever wear and it’s an honor to help women choose the dress that will impact their lives so greatly.” Jillian holds a bachelor’s degree in communication and history from McPherson College and a master’s degree in public history from Wichita State University. Her husband Cody is a registered nurse, and her daughter Phoebe turned one in September.
Pamela has been in the bridal industry since 2014. She has a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising and design from Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Her experience designing and creating bridal gowns and formal wear gives her a unique perspective for Dress Gallery. Since she was a child, Pamela has enjoyed garment design. “I know the right clothes can make all the difference in how you feel about yourself, especially on your big day.” Pamela says. Her sewing, design, and taste allow her to tailor bridal experiences to her brides in a way that can only be described as perfection. She is engaged to be married in May, 2017.
Kayla has been at Dress Gallery since summer 2015. She graduated from Sterling College with her Bachelor’s in Technical Theatre and Costume Design where she designed numerous shows. Before coming to Dress Gallery, she worked as a Wardrobe Assistant for Music Theatre of Wichita where she helped the designers with alterations as well as running and prepping the costumes for performances. These experiences give her a unique perspective to help brides step into the reality of their own special day, much like an actor becomes their character when they put on their costume. Kayla celebrated her marriage to her husband Mark Alan on June 3, 2016.
Emma started at Dress Gallery in 2014 as a runner. After completing her associates degree in fashion merchandising from Johnson County Community College, she came back to DG full time in 2016. During prom season, Emma focuses on helping girls find their perfect dress. The rest of the year her experience in menswear and bridal is utilized. “I just love seeing all the fun new trends with prom, like prints and colors,” she says. When putting together a complete styled wedding, Emma says her favorite thing to do is to see a couple interact and get excited about their wedding. “It’s so fun to find a bride her dress and see her the next day with her fiance for tuxes. Putting together an entire wedding is so fulfilling to me.” Emma is engaged to be married at Fulton Valley Farms in September 2017.