Briana Bening

Lecturer, Fashion Illustration | Fashion Design

Bio/ Affiliation

Brianna Bening is a denim designer and fashion illustrator renowned for her dedication to functionality, utilitarian detail, and forward-thinking design. Sustainability is a cornerstone of her ethos, driving her meticulous selection of fabrics, implementation of eco-friendly laundry processes, engagement in upcycling, and advocacy for waste reduction strategies
during development.

Early in Brianna’s career, she worked for corporate brands and licenses, honing foundational skills in design and process. Highly interested in  entrepreneurship and the full scope of the fashion business, Brianna transitioned from the corporate fashion realm to consulting in 2010. She guides smaller brands and start-ups in establishing their denim lines, specializing in brand identity and design infrastructure development, laying the foundational blocks for brand success. She ensures her clients stay authentic to their brand DNA while crafting fresh and innovative design directives for each season.

Brianna prides herself on her organizational prowess, meticulous attention to detail, and business savvy. Thriving in collaborative settings, she firmly believes in the strength of creative collaboration, fostering diverse perspectives of creative minds and business partners to craft compelling narratives and products.

In addition to consulting, Brianna gives back by passing on her design knowledge to the new generation of fashion designers. She lectures part-time as a Fashion Design and Illustration instructor at Otis College of Art and Design, seamlessly integrating her illustration skills into both her design work and instructional lectures.

Brianna graduated from Otis College of Art and Design in 2008, earning her BFA with special honors. Her work has graced prestigious venues such as the Ben Martz Gallery in 2005 and the front window of Neiman Marcus on Rodeo Drive in 2007. Notably, she received the esteemed Thimble Award in 2008 for her collection created for Disney.

Portrait of Briana Bening


Bachelor Fine Arts (BFA) Fashion Design
Ots College of Art and Design, 2008


Lecturer, Fashion Illustration + Design | 2022 - Present
Ots College of Art and Design

Fashion Illustraton and Design lecturer for Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior levels.

Design Consultant | 2017 - Present
Industry Design Studio

Established a consultng firm that specializes in building brand identty, foundatonal design and fit infrastructure tailored to ensure brand success.

Co-Founder, Creative Director | 2015 - 2017
Core Denim Co.

Owner, Founder, and Creatve Director of Core Denim Co., a premium denim brand specializing in high-quality fits tailored for the athletc build, revolutonizing denim design and fit.

Co-Founder, Design Consultant | 2013 - 2016
Capital Blue

Established a consultng business that executed an end to end process from concepton and development through producton.

Designer, Women’s Denim and Hardwovens | 2010 - 2013
Guess? YC and Guess by Marciano

Designed women's denim and hardwoven styles that significantly contributed to the creaton and development of each season.