A search for unsung heroes turns up council representatives like Reg Shaw, who dealt sternly with “prostitutes and pimps,” and rappers like Vince Staples, who has been featured in pop acts since he was sixteen.
“America is greater than you think. You will find your way,” says Monir Zandghoreishi. In 1987 she arrived in Seattle. It was a struggle for her to learn English and start a new life for herself and her three daughters. She opened a business, Monir Couture Design, and soon Nordstrom and many other luxury boutiques were sending their clients to Monir for consultation and alterations. As her business grew, she became known for her exquisite bridal and evening gowns, a place where women found the right gown for one of the most special days of their lives.
Following an international career in Persia and Vienna, Austria, Monir Zandghoreishi (pronounced Mo-Neer Zang-or-eh-shee) moved to Seattle in 1987. As a highly respected and talented couture designer, she specialized in creating gowns for women for their weddings gala events. Later, she became Dean of Fashion for for the International Academy of Design and Technology (Academy - Seattle), which was later renamed Sanford- Brown College. Monir Zandghoreishi’s innate flair for fashion, coupled with bold pragmatism, has always driven her to conquer new frontiers. As of late, she has undertaken a new after- school program with Step-It-Up Camp designed to teach young people to sew.