We found this freckle faced teen during our weekly open calls (every Wed 2-4pm). The 16-year-old Hockaday sophomore used to play softball, is an athletic trainer at her school, takes Chinese and Russian and loves fashion!
Why do you want to be a model? I've always wanted to be a model because I always had a different body and I love fashion so much. I love looking at all the magazines, clothes, shopping. Ive always known I wanted to work in the fashion industry. (LUCKILY, Lily is 5 ft. 10 1/2)
What's on your radar? I love reading Teen Vogue for fashion ideas. I also love shopping at Urban Outfitters. The clothes are very me - relaxed, kind of beaten down, not too frilly or feminine.
How did you find out about Wallflower? My mom read about it in the Dallas Morning News and I looked at the website and realized, "This is me! I am a 'wallflower'". So we went to the open call and I got signed a few days later. Wallflower Management is for unique girls and I've always been a little different. I'm not a wallflower in the sense that I am quiet or reserved... I just don't look like everyone else.
Favorite model? I really like Karlie Kloss because she's so young and she has an amazing look. I like Coco Rocha and Lily Cole, because she's another red head.
Dream job? The ultimate would be opening a show for Marc Jacobs or Chanel.
We signed 14-year-old CODY last week and put him to work shooting his first test with Steve Visneau. Stay tuned and check back on wallflowermanagement.com for the final shots! That's our Pres, Tammy Theis, working her styling magic there in front!
Thanks to Texas Monthly's fashion editor KRISTIE RAMIREZ who spotlighted Wallflower on her blog, Closet Case.
"If you work in fashion in Dallas – or Texas for that matter – you know who Tammy Theis is. She started as a fashion writer at the Dallas Morning News covering trends and the runways of NYC, Milan, and Paris every season. The last few years she’s become the must-have stylist on any fashion shoot worth a flip and has carved out a versatile styling aesthetic that’s sophisticated-modern with edge. Sometimes her work is pure, simple, stark. Other times layered, elaborate, rich. So I was happy to learn that she, along with the darling Brenda Gomez, formerly of Page Parkes, and the why-is-he-so-handsome John Bass, co-owner of Dallas’ Haven and former head of Trump Model Management opened their own model agency on Monday, Wallflower Management. Check out their website with pics of fresh faces and a blog that will keep you updated on which models are working where and who’s being discovered by the new trio in town."
D Magazine's fashionable Style Editor, STEPHANIE QUADRI, gave us a shout-out on their SHOP TALK "Daily Dish for Dallas Girls" BLOG...
"The agency, headed by President and Creative Director, Tammy Theis (formerly, fashion stylist and writer for The Dallas Morning News since 1985 and new faces director at Page Parkes) is focusing on finding and developing young women and men for fashion print and runway. Direct Manager, John Bassignani (formerly of Elite and Trump, and current co-owner of Haven - one of our fave home furnishing shops) and Manager, Brenda Gomez (formerly of Neiman Marcus and Page Parkes) join Theis in this new venture that seeks fresh-faced models that desire to grace glossy pages of fashion magazine’s and rule the runways with the assistance of Wallflower’s team of experts."
We spotted 14-year-old CODY standing in line for tickets at a House of Blues concert last week and promptly signed him! The 5'11' blond with green/blue eyes stopped by the agency today after he got his hair cut...
Where do you live?
I live in the Lewisville/Plano area and I start 9th grade in the fall.
What are you doing all summer?
Well I have to get up every day at 8:30 to run and lift weights for football practice. I also play soccer and run track.
What's on your iPod?
Lots of rap and hip-hop. I love Lil' Wayne. But I also like Rise Against, it's more alternative.
"F!D luxe creative director Tammy Theis will see a dream realized on Monday, when Wallflower Management opens its doors on Travis Street. Theis will serve as president and creative director of the boutique modeling agency, and will concentrate on fashion and print clients, for now. "I've been finding models for years," says the former director of Page Parkes Management new faces. "This is a natural progression for me." Joining Theis will be Brenda Gomez, also formerly at Page Parkes, and John Bassignani, who worked at Trump Model Management in New York before relocating to Dallas to open the West Village store Haven. The agency's Web site will be active with open call information on Monday, at http://www.wallflowermanagement.com/. -- JASON SHEELER
(Pictured: Wallflower Model Taylor Dixon, shot by Jamie Luca)
DALLAS, TX – June 30, 2009 --Wallflower Management, a new boutique model agency in Dallas opens Monday, July 6, 2009. Wallflower Management is a boutique model agency that concentrates on finding and developing young women and men for fashion print and runway. Wallflower Direct, a division of Wallflower Management, will offer clients experienced models from other markets for direct bookings.
Wallflower President and Creative Director, Tammy Theis has been a fashion stylist and writer for the award winning Fashion!Dallas section of The Dallas Morning News since 1985, where she covered the local fashion beat and reported on the New York, London, Milan and Paris collections each season. She was responsible for directing the sophisticated editorial shoots that helped establish the esteemed reputation of Fashion!Dallas and FD Luxe. Her unerring eye and styling talent has helped launch the careers of many of Dallas' working models and top names, who can credit some of their first editorial shoots to Theis – Erin Wasson, Chandra North, Ali Michael, Mimi Roche and Brittany Woodward, to name a few.
Wallflower Manager, Brenda Gomez graduated from Texas Christian University's fashion promotion department and started her career as a media relations manager for Global Fashion News, where she covered the designer shows in New York. In 2003, she became an in-house stylist for Neiman Marcus, where she booked top models from agencies around the world for Neiman Marcus photo shoots and the annual Christmas Book. As the new faces and runway director for a Dallas-based agency, she managed and developed models and placed them in international markets.
Wallflower Direct Manager, John Bass started his career at Elite in New York in 1988 where he was instrumental in building and maintaining the careers of some of the top girls in the industry, including Cindy Crawford, Linda Evangelista, Naomi Campbell, Tatjana Patitz, Kara Young and Meghan Douglas. In 1993 he helmed the opening of Elite Miami and helped build it into the top agency on the beach. In 1995, he returned to Elite New York. In 1999, Donald Trump tapped Bass and four other Elite managers to open Trump Model Management. There, Bass helped launch the careers of top names like Mini Anden, Lisa Cant and Hye Park. Bass moved to Dallas in 2006 to open a home furnishings destination, Haven Interior Therapy, which he co-owns.
Imaging and development is the strength of Wallflower Management. Scouting and developing models will remain a priority. The agency will constantly offer fresh new faces to its clients. The graphics and imaging are bold and edgy, taking inspiration from European fashion publications and street graphics. In addition, the company is going green, preferring to send out all press releases and updates through email and frequent blog posts.
“The difference between Wallflower and other agencies here will be in the imaging,” says Theis, “I have done this my entire career—bringing out the model in every new face. Now, my models will benefit from that expertise”.
“The personal attention I extend to the models, I extend to my clients as well, and I love bringing the two together,” says Gomez.
Located in the idyllic shopping/restaurant destination of McKinney and Knox neighborhood, the agency office is located above Café Madrid and next door to Grange Hall. More information about Wallflower Management and Wallflower models will be available July 6 at wallflowermanagement.com and wallflowermanagement.blogspot.com. Open calls for new faces will be held at the agency every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m.