MARILYN FRANCIS WALKER

MARILYN FRANCIS WALKER

Designer

Dr. Marilyn Francis Walker, Doctor of Humanity, Master of Project Management and Bachelor of Arts of Business Management and Speech Communication landed in New York City in 1976 by way of Trinidad and Tobago where she was raised by Lloyd and Josephine Francis, her biological parents. After dedicating 35 precious years to two major United States Financial institutions, it all came to an abrupt end after she revisited her homeland in 2013 in search of finding her true purpose in life. Realizing the lack for free creative expression in her current position as Financial Analyst that had kept her imprisoned for too long, Marilyn retired in 2013 and she escaped to a world where she has the freedom to unleash her fashion soul to the world, living life with no rules, no boundaries and being free to express herself creatively by blending three of her passions: fashion, travel and service. Within three years of freedom, Marilyn earned her doctorate in humanity; received her 501(C) 3 status which allowed her to be the Founder and CEO of the International Transformation Institute for Humanity, a nonprofit organization. Through her C.H.A.N.G.E program, Dr. Walker is actively working towards empowering youths who have aged out of the foster care system, giving them an opportunity for entrepreneurship through hands-on creative learning. Just one year later, in June 2015, she opened to the public MFD Fashion Boutique, in Ft. Washington, MD. As owner of MFD Fashion Boutique and Marie Francis Designs, Marilyn creates fashion for the FREE-spirited fashion role model regardless of age, size, sex, height, origin or size. Marilyn’s fashion esthetic is a mix of various cultures and fabrics that span across the globe to include Africa with an influence of India, Asia, London, Europe and the Caribbean. Her inspiration came from her mom who was a plus size woman and who never complained or made her size a point of discussion. Her mom was a confidently fashionable and saucy woman who owned her size and gave life to whatever she designed and made for herself to wear. Fashion has always been a part of the Francis family lifestyle. Marilyn made her first outfit in her teenage years when she turned her frustration into creation when she could not have an outfit made for her to attend an event. That was only the beginning, she designed, cut and made her first pants suit in one day and wore it confidently to that special event. As a self-taught designer and seamstress, Marilyn who eat, sleep, dream and breathe fashion believes that fashion inspiration can be found in everything and in everyone especially the outdoors as she observe the seasons change and the transformation of flowers as they bloom and fade paying special attention to colors and see how they tie in to the colors and mix of fabrics. To Marilyn, fashion is not just about the clothes, it is also about the fit, the personality, the confidence and the ATTITUDE of the person wearing it. Give Marilyn positive attitude and she will give you fashion to match your personality as the both of you work together to forge a bond and cultivate a working fashion relationship. The entire fashion package when created, speaks for itself allowing the fashion role model to enjoy their own sense of style as their Fashion Story is told without one word being spoken. Marilyn’s favorite fashion moment is when a fashion role model confidence explodes at the right fit and they feel like they are on top of the world….that feeling is everything…it is your RED carpet moment. Since retirement, Marilyn has participated in various cultural events to include Ubiquitous Hair show in Washington, DC, African Arts Festival in Chicago, Illinois, and New York Fashion Week. In addition, Marilyn has produced her own fashion event at the Serengeti Art Gallery and studio and at the National Harbor in Maryland. Marilyn is currently the Executive Producer of Soca on the Seas 2016 FashionFusion hosted by Soca on the Seas in conjunction with HJ Travels and the Festival at Sea Fashion Week at Sea hosted by Blue World Travel. These events are performed on two major cruise lines which provide a platform for her designs to be exhibited for the world to see and experience. Marilyn believes in giving back and is an active participant in various community outreach endeavors to include the Daughters of Anna prayer ministry, breast cancer and Help the Homeless initiatives. Marilyn have had the opportunity to participate in the rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Katrina, was a member and volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, and University of Maryland mentoring program. In addition to being a self-taught seamstress and fashion designer, sartorialist Marilyn enjoys being a fashion role model, and is an avid reader and music lover with a deeper passion for sewing, traveling and cooking.

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