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The Baltimore Sun

Keith, 31, of Orland Park, Ill.

Keith's instinctual love affair with fashion was cultivated during a childhood spent learning about his grandmother and great-grandmother's couture dress shop in Chicago. He studied women’s wear at The London College of Fashion and upon his graduation began designing for Perry Ellis and Ralph Lauren in New York. Keith has since founded his eponymous line Keith Lissner, of women's demi-couture eveningwear. Likewise, he recently launched a line of gently priced cocktail dresses called Keith By Keith Lissner, inspired by his friends in New York and their jam packed social calendars. Lissner’s collection has captured the attention of the city’s young social scene, and his dresses are regularly worn out-and-about by some of New York’s most effervescent young ladies. Lissner’s gowns are frequently worn by a mix of accomplished performers, including: Emmy Rossum, Taryn Manning, Janet Jackson and Natasha Beddingfield. These strong, talented artists typify the Keith Lissner woman; feminine, unique, and exuding a great sense of self. Keith believes this devotion to fashion, his timeless style and a passionate dedication to his work will push him to the top of the competition. Bravo