Our last Made in South Dakota product this month features a line of products with a close connection to the Oscars.
"When they were getting ready for the Oscars, they wanted me to do a green avatar type of dress that looked like the trees of avatar," said Fashion Designer Anita Kealey.
Sioux Falls Designer Anita Kealey originally created this sustainable gown for the wife of Avatar's Director James Cameron, but the gown ended up being worn by a TV Awards Show Host.
"It ended up getting a lot of attention, and I think it ended up getting about 11 minutes of air time so they sent me all that footage. It was pretty exciting to have your name announced of where the dress came from and who the designer was," said Kealey.
After years of working with the Miss America pageant system, Kealey is no stranger to designing evening gowns.
"My biggest year was probably 1991 or 1992... in one show at the end they all had to be in softer chiffon skirts and there was not too many designers doing that at the time, so I ended up doing one third of the dresses that year at Miss America," said Kealey.
All of those nationally-recognized gowns were made right here in South Dakota.
"Everything you see in this room was actually made in this building," said Kealey.
Kealey designs several different lines of custom clothing from Men's and Women's suits, evening gowns, dress shirts, ties and more.
"We sell custom all over. We have had clothes go to almost every state and out of the country as well," said Kealey.
Over the years, congressmen and other politicians have helped spread her South Dakota made clothes all over the country.
"All of our buttons have been engraved for us to say, tailor made in the USA by Dakota by Design...so every one of our shirts will always have our buttons with engraving on them," said Kealey.
Her unique sustainable fabrics have also gained her some national recognition.
"This is very unique. This is actually media tape that's woven into textile," said Kealey of one of her most popular sustainable fabrics.
Today Kealey is passing on her passion for design to students at her design institute, creating the next generation of South Dakota Made designers.
You can find more of Kealey's design work online at dakotabydesign,com, eveningsbydesignusa.com or lenzanita.com.
Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:40 AM EDT2014-04-16 15:40:39 GMT
Governor Dennis Daugaard named Vermillion Large Community of the Year. Vermillion has been successful in achieving economic growth due to partnerships between the City of Vermillion, Clay County, the VermillionMore >>
Governor Dennis Daugaard named Vermillion Large Community of the Year.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:05 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:05:24 GMT
KOTA -- The man who used his 2-year-old daughter as a shield to avoid being arrested will spend nearly two decades in prison. Tuesday, Seventh Circuit Judge Robert Gusinsky sentenced Virgil Bald Eagle,More >>
The man who used his 2-year-old daughter as a shield to avoid being arrested will spend nearly two decades in prison.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 10:02 AM EDT2014-04-16 14:02:04 GMT
"What kind of person would come in and steal puppies?" Ed Anderson, owner of Ed's Pet World in Mitchell, is trying to find out. He came to work yesterday morning to find his cash register destroyed, merchandiseMore >>
"What kind of person would come in and steal puppies?" Ed Anderson, owner of Ed's Pet World in Mitchell, is trying to find out.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:43 AM EDT2014-04-16 13:43:51 GMT
A Madison man died in a one-vehicle crash west of Salem yesterday. Gerald Kenneth Ottoson, 60, was westbound driving a 1995 Kenworth truck when a front tire blew out. The vehicle crossed the centerlineMore >>
A Madison man died in a one-vehicle crash west of Salem yesterday.More >>
Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:18 AM EDT2014-04-16 09:18:42 GMT
Construction season is here and drivers are feeling the effects. Sioux Falls projects are underway with $31.6 million worth of work done to roads and intersections. West 41st Street between Sertoma andMore >>
Construction season is here and drivers are feeling the effects. Sioux Falls projects are underway with $31.6 million worth of work done to roads and intersections.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:40 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:40:05 GMT
If James McVay is put to death within the next 9 months, it will mark the third time during Governor Dennis Daugaard's first term in office that someone will be put to death in South Dakota. We wantedMore >>
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard tells KSFY News he supports the death penalty, but also says overseeing the process of capital punishment does weigh on him.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:19 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:19:18 GMT
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard is urging communities to plan events to commemorate 125 years of statehood. The governor's office says participating communities will be eligibleMore >>
Communities interested in hosting a celebration must form a local committee and fill out an application.More >>
Tuesday, April 15 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-04-16 03:12:33 GMT
Dr. Jeff Krall kept hearing about the same eye-related symptoms, resulting in another headache for his patients. After ten years of research, the Mitchell optometrist came to a conclusion. "We have foundMore >>
The symptoms are quite common - you get sleepy while reading a book or your eyes feel gritty and burn. Suddenly, you've got a headache, which a local optometrist specifically calls an eyeGraine.