Haitians In America, Profiles

Fashioning a career: How Venny Étienne rose from humble, holy beginnings to design for Beyoncé

By Ralph ‘Onz’ Chery

Haitian-American fashion designer Venny Étienne. Photo courtesy of Venny Étienne

Venny Étienne can still savor it – the cheering, the thundering applause, the joyful looks on his friends’ faces, the ‘Oh my gosh, Venny, you designed this?!’

The moment was his first fashion show, which was organized by his church in Brooklyn about 12 years ago. The acclaim he received then proved as pivotal as the fanfare that his latest creation, a jacket Beyoncé wore in her new film, Black Is King, has touched off.

“Definitely hard work pays off,” said Étienne, taking a deep sigh. “I’m glad this finally came about. A lot of people work hard, but they don’t get to see their successes. So, it was amazing and a blessing to see the success of her actually wearing it.”

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Onz Chery

Onz Chery

Ralph 'Onz' Chery started his writing career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He also wrote for First Touch, Cosmopolitan Soccer League, and other local leagues. After graduating, Onz became one of ESNY's sports journalists then joined The Haitian Times.
Onz Chery
Aug. 20, 2020