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What’s given The Ross Bennett Collection an international could get up and work in the studio early presence are his Grid Girl outfits. Formula One has a huge in the morning; she’d come in and wake following, and each Grand Prix has its own bevvy of beauties me up, stick me with a pin or something… who act as ambassadors and guides to racers, owners, and she taught me about math and angles, the the public. Their outfits are well documented on numerous physics of fashion…” Rewerts passed away fan sites, and each is distinctive to the particular track. Try in 2007, and Bennett said, “I knew right to find race day photos that do not include Grid Girls holding then that, over those six years together, lane signs or parading through the grounds. Imagine, then, learning, all the fussing and bitching and the attention give to CoTA’s opening. Bennett researched the hard stuff, that this was what I wanted what other Grid Girls wore and then worked to bring some to do…it was all worth it.” of the Southwest to CoTA’s primary uniform (there are actuThat love of math, angles, and physics ally several different outfits worn, but the uniform can only has meant that there is always an elebe worn on the Grand Prix track): the winter white outfits ment of the bespoke in Bennett’s work. In (which are fully lined, three-piece suits) include fringe, 2008, he was watching the Oscars—it was leather, red cowboy boots, and statement necklaces. In a raining, everyone was carrying umbreldeparture from other venues, CoTA is actually reusing these las, and he thought, “Why has no one done uniforms for the 2013 race but there are plans for a new something beautiful that can withstand outfit in 2014, which Bennett is creating. “The girls will look the weather?” He found some Gore-Tex, like a team,” Bennett said. “We’re designing five uniforms constructed a fully corseted dress (“there for that year, for on and off the grid. In addition to the grid were 67 pieces in that garment”), and took uniform, there will be rain and travel outfits and a couple it to show at Dallas Career Day, one of the of dresses.” The 2012 outfits included a red dress that has nation’s largest venues for fashion stubeen a huge hit both on the track and elsewhere, and was dents to present designs. “I made it, out even used as part of the audition for selecting the 2013 Grid of some 400 [designers], down to the final Girls. The 4-ply, 4-way stretch Spandex dress is worn for about 48,” recalled Bennett, “but no one appearances off the grid and comes in one size, which fits was really wowed. And then I heard from sizes 0 to 6. “The grid outfits are so tailored that we can’t Rhonda Chambers.” Chambers, a welluse them for tryouts,” Bennett explained, “so the girls come known face in the Dallas fashion scene dressed in business professional for the first round; for the (a former model and owner of RSC Show second round, we put them in the red dress. Women know Productions) and emcee at that 2008 runhow to hide their flaws with clothes, but that dress reveals way show, told Bennett she was “obsessed” everything.” The 2013 Grid Girls made their first appearance with his dress. She’d even tried it on and it at the American Le Mans race series on September 21, and fit “like a glove.” That’s when Bennett and Bennett was involved in a tornado of tailoring as he worked his wife Erin decided to recreate a moment to get all 50 women fitted into uniforms. from the movie Sex and the City: “RememThough it might seem a 180 from the worlds of F1 and fashber when Carrie gets the wedding dress ion, Bennett’s next foray is fly-fishing. He has a new line, Mafrom Vera Wang, in the big box with the ven Fly (“Tackle the world in style”), bow on it? We found which was introduced in August a big box, printed up a “I knew right then 2013 and contains outdoor wear label, put a bow on it, for women. Erin Bennett, his wife and sent it to her. She that, over those and business partner, explained the wore it to DIFFA [Desix years together, inspiration for the line: “We have a sign Industry Foundalearning, all the friend who comes from that world— tion Fighting AIDS her family’s business is in boats— event] that year.” fussing and bitching and the three of us sat down to talk. That dress led to a and the hard stuff, She complained that a woman’s call from the Texas that this was what I shirt for fly-fishing was simply a State Fair; they were wanted to do…it was smaller version of a man’s: big, interested in having boxy, with pockets on the chest, and Bennett design an “all all worth it.” when you cast, the shirt would ride organic, eco-friendly” up over the belly. Who wants that?” line for an eight-week Bennett designed a “fashion first, function second” garment installment and it was that exposure that led the people that keeps with his tailored aesthetic. All Maven Fly products from the new TV reality design show “Fashion Star” to Benare made in America, which is very important to Bennett—not nett. Though Bennett was out before the final (his vintagejust from a patriotic standpoint, but from a business perspecinspired hunting jacket failed to inspire the show’s judges tive. He said, ”It makes sense; I can order 300 shirts and my and buyers), he picked up national exposure and incredible U.S. manufacturer will have them back to me in three and connections in the form of John Varvatos, Nicole Richie, and a half weeks. If you get them from China, it takes months. Jessica Simpson.

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October 2013 - The Fashion Issue  

Gracing our cover is Austin's most popular stylist, Ross Bennett. We also have Susi Wolff, a female F1 driver and other local apparel compan...

October 2013 - The Fashion Issue  

Gracing our cover is Austin's most popular stylist, Ross Bennett. We also have Susi Wolff, a female F1 driver and other local apparel compan...

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