Jennifer Tierney in the News

IN Kansas City Magazine Interview

Jennifer Tierney is a California native who has lived all over the United States, in part due to her illustrious ballet career. It included seasons spent with the Milwaukee, Sacramento, Oakland, Columbia City, and Madison companies, as well as Owen Cox Dance Group and Concept Zero Contemporary Dance. However, Kansas City is her favorite place to call home because of the overwhelming support in Kansas City for everything KC. “Whether it’s fashion, art, music, or dance, I can find a strong network of motivated and inspired professionals right here,” Tierney says. For more than a decade, she has been the head costuming director/designer for the American Youth Ballet and owner of the American Dance Center. She launched her designer brand, J. Tierney Designs, in 2016 and has shown regularly at Kansas City Fashion Week and the West 18th Street Fashion Show. She’s looking forward to showing in KCFW S/S ’20 and Paris Fashion Week S/S ’21. “The arts are alive and well in Kansas City,” Tierney says. “I believe it’s a truly special place to live and thrive as an artist and entrepreneur.”....


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Walk Turn Walk - KCPT Documentary 

A historical and observational documentary about Kansas City’s fashion industry. Through stories about fashion show producers, designers, models and historians, Kansas City PBS’ “Walk, Turn, Walk” is a comprehensive and thrilling peek behind the scenes of Kansas City’s premier fashion event, Kansas City Fashion Week.

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KSHB Interview (KC Live)

Kansas City Fashion Week is one of the biggest fashion events of the year. Designer Jennifer Tierney of J. Tierney Designs gives us a sneak preview of Kansas City Fashion Week and what we can expect to see from her line on the runway.

Johnson County Lifestyle Magazine Feature - Core to the Fringe

How ballerina Jennifer Tierney found her fashion voice in KC.

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KSHB Interview (KC Live)

For the past 19 years, they have turned West 18th street into a runway. PR/Marketing Director April Dion and Designer Jennifer Tierney fill us in on the West 18th Street Fashion Show, and give us a glimpse at some of the looks on the runway.

435 Magazine Feature - Inside My Closet

Jennifer Tierney is as known for her work with the American Youth Ballet as she is for her sweet and sassy vintage style, which was shaped by her grandmother, living throughout the country and her career as a professional ballet dancer (the Oakland Ballet and the Milwaukee Ballet are just a few companies on her résumé). In her converted bedroom closet in Overland Park, the costume designer, studio owner and American Dance Center director houses her collection of circle skirts and dresses; center stage-worthy shoes (boots, booties, heels, pumps and ballet flats); vintage handbags accented with colorful scarves; fun hats; and her signature flower accessories that are curated from thrift stores, boutiques and consignment shops like Fashionista Exchange.

The Pitch - Interview 2019

Silhouettes, lines, and movement are essential elements of Jennifer Tierny’s work. Her 17-year career in professional ballet informs her design philosophy, providing inspiration for the voluminous shapes and pastel shades she creates. Tierney has presented at KCFW before, but each season has its own unique theme and look that’s vastly different to what came before. Originally from Sacramento, California, she now lives in Overland Park, and serves as director of American Youth Ballet. We spoke to Tierney about her current collection, and what to expect from the J.Tierney Designs

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JCCC Fashion Dept. Interview

JCCC student and fashion designer Jennifer Tierney displays her classically vintage inspired looks at the Johnson County Community College Fashion Show

Sartorial Magazine Interview

We sat down to chat with Kansas City Fashion Week designer, Jennifer Tierney, about what inspired her collection and her road to the runway.

Q: What got you into designing clothing?

A: I started with designing costumes, so that was sort of my initiation into it. Since I come from a professional dance career, everything I designed at first was for stage and costume based then that transitioned into active wear. I switched from designing gigantic pieces to tiny, all stretch items. As a designer and a dancer, I get excited for the show but really the excitement and passion was for making the clothing itself. I wanted to start designing things that people could workout in, essentially. From there, I’m going into creating a womenswear collection that I want to consist of everyday pieces.

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