Born and raised in central Iowa, Angela graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Fashion Merchandising. She earned a Master’s Degree in Textile Science from Iowa State University immediately following her bachelor’s program.
Angela started in Accessory Design and was a designer in Dallas, Texas for the first part of her career. She developed small leather goods and accessories for Jones of Dallas.
After becoming interested in CAD systems for apparel manufacturers, Angela went to work for Gerber Garment Technology as a CAD specialist. She began to travel across the US teaching pattern makers how to use the Gerber systems. This experience was invaluable as it taught her the special language of pattern making.
Angela left the world of technology for a job with the famous clothing label Anne Klein. She was hired to help computerize the pattern making department. It was during this time, that she was introduced to the world of fittings. Anne Klein was developing a plus size division during her time there. After being asked to “try on” numerous development samples Angela became a house fit model.
While working for Anne Klein, Angela had the opportunity to meet Rosie O’Donnell. Anne Klein developed many special occasion outfits for Rosie during her time with The Rosie O’Donnell show. After meeting Angela and seeing her unique understanding of the plus size woman, Rosie reached out to offer her a job as Stylist with the show. This opportunity earned her 2 Emmy nominations for Outstanding Achievement in Costume Design/Styling.
After working as a house model for Anne Klein, Angela was offered a modeling contract with the prestigious Ford Models. This was the beginning of her career as a full time fit model. After The Rosie O’Donnell show ended, Angela dived head first into the world of fittings. 15 years later, Angela is still one of the premiere fit models in the fashion community.
Angela is not one to stand still, so after 15 years with Ford Models, she ventured out on her own to begin the next phase of her career as an entrepreneur. She established ALO Fashion, LLC in 2013. She brings a wide variety of skills to all her clients and is available for special projects and public speaking. She is the authority on the plus size consumer and is delighted to offer this expertise to all parts of the fashion community.