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Why Is This Lingerie Designer Showing a Dress at NYFW?

Stephanie Bodnar is known for her lacy lingerie, but she's not afraid of a dramatic gown.

Photo: <a href="">Kelly Puleio Photography</a>
Photo: Kelly Puleio Photography

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Evgenia Lingerie designer Stephanie Bodnar is on a roll. On the cusp of finishing a year-long residency with Macy's Fashion Incubator program, Bodnar is already selling her line in multiple boutiques around town and in dedicated showroom space at the Artful Gentleman. This week, Bodnar is heading to New York for a trunk show. Next week, chef and TV personality Carla Hall will wear an evening gown that Stephanie designed in the Red Dress Fashion Show at New York Fashion Week.

This isn't Stephanie's first time dabbling in dress design. Her days may be dedicated to creating delicate, historically-influenced underthings, but she's been drawing dresses since childhood. Last year, Stephanie won a draping competition at Westfield Valley Fair, which is why the Fashion Incubator board selected her to show a dress at fashion week. She tells Racked, "Although I don't currently make dresses, my apparel education was in womenswear and I've had my gowns displayed at the de Young and Palace of Fine Arts museums in the past...I'm always more than happy to take on the challenge of a show-stopping gown!"

Before you get too excited about the idea of Evgenia dresses, you won't see a ready-to-wear collection quite yet. Stephanie says that the idea of lingerie-influenced RTW is in the back of her mind, but her Fall/Winter collection has been shot and the lookbooks have been printed. "If I do venture more into that territory, I'll probably do it in conjunction with my existing line in the future. It's something I've only recently begun exploring."

· Evgenia Lingerie [Official Site]
· 15 San Francisco Lingerie Shops to Know Right Now [Racked]
· 3 Emerging Designers from Macy's Fashion Incubator Program Take Part in the Red Dress Collection at NYFW Fall 2015 [The Fashion Spot]