Beauty + Brains = RisAnne Martin

Risanne MartinRisAnne Martin is a 26 year old female all-rounder in the Arts and Caribbean Fashion Industry. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Studies with a focus on Caribbean Fashion and Culture originally at the University of the West Indies in Mona, Jamaica but has recently transferred to the St.Augustine campus to complete her final year. She is corporate giant BMobile’s Official Stylist for 2013 and the Director at BCO Style, a Fashion and Wardrobe Styling Studio on the outskirts of Port of Spain in Trinidad.

With a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Cultural Studies, RisAnne has facilitated numerous drama education workshops throughout Trinidad and has worked with organizations such as the Environmental Management Authority, the Emancipation Support Committee and the Network of NGO’S for the Advancement of Women. She spent two years at the Edna Manley College of Visual and Performing Arts, specializing in acting, directing, stage management and wardrobe management. This programme was done in collaboration with UWI, Mona.

Her work in the fashion Industry began when she moved to Jamaica to attend UWI. After attending the island’s major fashion shows in 2009 and networking with designers she walked into the office of Saint International, one of the giants in the fashion industry in the Caribbean and expressed her interest in an internship.The CEO, Dwight Peters pulled her in as a production assistant intern to plan and organize one of their major events for the year, Style Week Jamaica.

The experience was exhilarating as she learned how fast paced the fashion world can be and because she worked so closely with the designers she was inspired to use her wardrobe management abilities to develop her styling.

In June 2011, she was hired by Pulse Investments in Jamaica as a production assistant for their headline fashion show, Caribbean Fashion Week. Here her experience was evident as she worked as a Styling Assistant to the designers. Her future plans are to design, style and to promote fashion education within her community and country. She also seeks to continue her work within wardrobe in local theatre and film.

RisAnne - RuinedRisAnne, in 2013 has won a Thespian Award for Best Lead Actress and is currently nominated for Most Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role by the prestigious Actor Boy awards in Jamaica for her role as Mama Nadi in Lynn Nottage’s award winning play Ruined which was produced by the School of Drama in 2012.

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