Cenia Paredes grew up in a family dedicated entirely to dress making in her native Domini-can Republic. From an early age she helped her mother choose fabrics, participated in fit-tings and sketched designs for her mother’s clients. By age 11, Cenia was fully immersed into the costume made dress business to help her family. After immigrating to USA at age 20, Cenia graduated Summa cum Laude from the prestigious Fashion Institute of Technol-ogy in 2004. She then worked in New York’s competitive fashion district for various re-nowned brands, but always kept her dream of designing her own line as her ultimate goal.
In 2009, Cenia launched her first ready to wear collection Cenia New York®, a line of day into evening dresses with a revolutionary fit concept that consisted in offering four distinctive fits for that catered to the most predominant female body types, being the first and only designer in fashion history to implement this concept and bring it to a major department store in USA. Cenia caters to the woman who embraces her curves, is sassy, self secure and wants to look tastefully sexy and radiant no matter what size or body shape.
In 2011, Cenia was chosen among 900 companies as one of the 22 participants of The Workshop At Macy’s, and she was one of 4 vendors chosen to launch her product in selected stores in the June’12. Since then Cenia has expanded her distribution to specialty stores globally and has expanded her line to include plus sizes. The Spring of 2016 marks one of Cenia’s most important milestones in her career as she debuts on Shopping Life 24, Russia and HSN in May and June respectively.
Cenia has been featured in major media outlets such as CNN, Telemundo, Univision, The Style Network, The Today Show, El Diario La Prensa, Huffington Post Voces, La Nueva Voz Latina, Latin Trends Mag, Latina, Siempre Mujer, Oh Magazine, People En Espanol, WWD, Bloomberg News Week, among others. In addition Cenia’s dresses are often wore by celebrities including Lin-Manuel Miranda’s wife and mom Vanessa Nadal and Luz Towns – Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Dascha Polanco, Katiria Soto, Evette Rios, Julissa Bermudez, Adrienne Bailon, Alejandra Oraa, Carolina Trejos, among others.