Stormy Weather Banks has been a fashion designer for more than 30 years, honing her craft to become the professional business woman / educator within the industry she loves today. And with noteworthy successes as wedding dress designer of men & women evening apparel, a soft doll maker, etc., her most profound joy comes from working with today’s youth.
Stormy’s journey began at the very early age of 7. As her mother taught her to sew, she followed that passion and has been a twice featured bridal designer in Black Bridal Magazine and a featured doll maker in Anaheim’s Soft Doll Artist Magazine for her Mud Pie Babies dolls. She has been featured in L.A. Sentinel for Santee High School Fashion Club fashion showcase, in both ENCLAVE World Culture in LA and The William Grant Still Arts Center as she displayed her Mud Pie Babies dolls and facilitated a Dollmaking Workshop to “Empowering Women of Color” to break the silence on HIV/AIDS in the black community. She took 1st place at Brooks College Fashion Show and was awarded by the City of Bellflower for her work with the youth in the community. With all the many activities she has involved herself in, Stormy continues to push herself professionally reaching for new heights and goals as a business woman. Opening a boutique in Bellflower, CA (StormyWeather Designs) offering sewing classes to many of the local residents and has designed clothing for a number of some celebrity clientele seeking signature apparel for evening wear events, i.e. Mary J. Blige, Obba Babatunde just to name a few. As she continues to embrace her talents, Stormy recently flexed her muscles designing and sewing the Santee High School’s mascot Falcon Freddy. Stormy’s latest venture is StormyWeather Banks, LLC (SWB, LLC). SWB, LLC . An LA based event organization hosting the annual Fashion 4∙Eleven industry conference. Fashion 4∙Eleven bridges the gap between aspiring Fashion Enthusiasts, Fashion Designers, MUA, Hair Stylists, Models, Photographers, etc., with industry professionals providing insight, networking opportunities, & workshops as we educate newcomers, introduce the future, and celebrate an iconic history of trailblazing pioneers. As this venture takes off, Stormy will still amaze us all as she plans to start a Non-Profit organization offering her talents and optimism to At-Risk youth with a continuous theme- “Breaking Barriers by all Fashionable Means” ℠.