They’re the best at what they do, both in their day jobs and during their spare time.

That was the message in November at the Fashion Group International’s black-tie 2001 Rising Star Awards gala at the Park Cities Hilton in Dallas.

The party attracted a glamorous crowd of about 200 fashion industry folks who came to christen the awards program, a new event that honors local designers and retailers for career achievements and fashion industry executives for community service.

The honorees included Niven Morgan Cosmetics; Havana 1515, a small home-furnishings vendor; retailers Robb & Stucky and Nancy Diebolt of Turtletique; Tracy Achor Hayes of the Dallas Morning News for fashion communications; and Lyn Berman, founder of Attitudes & Attire, a nonprofit agency that promotes personal growth, for economically disadvantaged women who are reentering the workplace.

Fashion Group International, also a nonprofit organization, is a nationwide group that promotes educational programs devoted to fashion and interior design. The group creates and awards scholarships, among other educational outreach programs.