PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Martha Smith Dixon, Inaugural dress designer for Hillary Clinton will speak to students, faculty and staff University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff March 7 with a presentation entitled, “Beating the Odds” as part of the annual Lyceum series. The free, public event will take place at 11:00 a.m. in the Cross-Phipps auditorium of Caldwell Hall.
A book signing will take place immediately after the assembly in the lobby of Caldwell Hall followed by a forum at 2:30 p.m. in room 222 of the Adair-Greenhouse building that will give attendees a chance to ask questions and engage in deeper discussion.
A graduate of Peake High School in Arkadelphia, Mrs. Dixon attended Henderson State University and received a degree in fashion and design from Commercial Technical Institute in Little Fall, New Jersey.
She was selected to design the formal gown for the 1986-87 inauguration of Arkansas’ First Lady, Hillary Clinton. The 1992—93 Presidential Gala Gown, which Martha also designed, was donated to the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library in Missouri. The 1992-93 Gubernatorial Inaugural Ball gown was highlighted in People Magazine and on ABC’s Business World. Dixon and both gowns have been featured in Emerge Magazine and on a segment of Channel 7 News. In March of 1996, Martha’s Fashion and Design was featured in Southern Living Magazine.
Mrs. Dixon is the owner of Martha’s Fashion and Design, a successful business designing and producing tailor-made suits, gowns, and “Mother of the Bride” dresses. Martha’s original brainchild business, Martha’s Fashion and Design led to her recognition as designer of the “Better Dress Line.” Dixon Manufacturing, Inc., Martha’s second venture currently has a staff of 12-15 employees and manufactures and markets uniforms used by health care institutions, nursing schools, and food processing industries. Her third venture, Martha’s Kid’s, is a subsidiary of Dixon Manufacturing, Inc. and markets children and adult school uniforms all over the nation.
For more information about the event, call (870) 575-8946.