Texas Designer Sells Dress to Express on "Fashion Star" Season Premiere

Austin-based designer was born, raised in Dallas

By Lita Beck
|  Saturday, Mar 9, 2013  |  Updated 9:57 AM CDT
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Texas Designer Sells Dress During "Fashion Star"

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Express bought Dallas native Amber Perley's dress design for $175,000 in the second-season debut of NBC reality show "Fashion Star."

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A Texas designer is on her way to becoming the next "Fashion Star."

Express bought Dallas native Amber Perley's design for $175,000 in the second-season debut of NBC reality show "Fashion Star."

On its website, Express describes Perley's mode flare dress as "a perfect union of flirty modern detail and an iconic feminine silhouette. The crochet and cotton flare skirt are uniquely connected, leaving a whisper of bare skin."

The dress can be bought in two colors -- orange and chalk -- on Express' website.

Perley, who was born and raised in Dallas, is the founder of Austin-based Pearl Southern Couture.

She launched the Southern-inspired clothing line in 2008, according to her bio on the website for "Fashion Star." The line of dresses, separates and men's ties is carried in more than 50 stores across the country, mostly in the Southeast, and online.

"Fashion Star" features twelve young designers competing for the chance to win $3 million in orders for collections at Macy's, Saks Fifth Avenue and Express.

In each episode, contestants work with mentors on challenges to design clothing with a certain look and function and then display their fashions to buyers from the three retailers.

"Fashion Star" airs Fridays at 7 p.m.

More: Perley's dress on Express' website

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