Both independent and international, Emily Burnett has gained awareness within the fashion industry for her soft, feminine sensibility in evening inspired ready–to-wear as well as cutting-edge innovation in furs. Attention to detail, workmanship, and effortless style characterize her aesthetic.
Born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, Emily Burnett launched her design career by moving to New York City in 2003 and attending Parsons School of Design for Fashion Design. At Parsons, Emily received high accommodations in Fashion, the most prestigious being her involvement with Saga Furs. First for being a finalist in the Saga Furs accessories competition, then becoming a global finalist in the Mifur remix competition with the International Fur Trade Federation and Fur Information Council of America, and finally the sponsorship of her senior thesis by Saga Furs in conjunction with the Hong Kong Fur Federation. In 2007, Emily graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Fashion Design and a Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies.
Following graduation, Emily became an assistant designer for Ralph Lauren, and later made a move to Dennis Basso. By age 23, after only one year, she became the Design Director for the Dennis Basso brand and the Creative Director for the parent company Stallion Inc. Her debut collection for the Dennis Basso Spring 2010 runway created a powerful shift in the entire brand image, featuring an ultra feminine, ultra luxe line-up of cocktail and evening dresses topped in lightweight lacy furs. This quickly became her signature touch on the label and generated hype when collaborating with top stylists such as Patti Wilson, Lori Goldstein, Anya Ziourova and most recently Kate Young as well as with supermodels Naomi Campbell and Coco Rocha.
Supportive of both domestic and international fur industries, Emily joined the board of directors for Fur New York, the Fur Information Council of America and Fur Futures for the International Fur Trade Federation. Additionally, she has made a mark supporting Arts and Performances in participating as a permanent member of the Women’s Junior Leadership Council part of the Lincoln Center’s Corporate Fund.