Dawn Wilson attended Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia, where she earned a Bachelor's of Fine Arts in Textile Design. She has taught classes in hat making and fashion design for the African American Museum of Philadelphia, Solid Rock Baptist Church, University of the Arts, Career Wardrobe, Teenshop Inc. and at Art Partners Studio. Not only has Mrs. Wilson taught classes domestically but also internationally at Cosecha in San Nicholas, Aruba.
Mrs. Wilson has a plethora of skillsets such as hat blocking, hat design, free form hat styles, hat repair, garment design, pattern design, professional tailor, sewer, and fiber art. Dawn was first inspired to get involved in fashion design by her great aunt, the late Eleanor Dawson and mother, the late Shirley A Francis. Her great aunt made clothes for men and women and her mother made home furnishings and extravagant floral arrangements. This flare for style influence Dawn and ignited the love to sew and create beautiful fashion garments. Appearance and style was a huge part of Dawn's upbringing.
In 1993 Dawn established her business Dust to Dawn Fashions Inc., and opened up her boutique in South Philadelphia. The business initially started as a fashion and garment design shop, for men, women and children. During this time Dawn designed costumes for theater productions, tailored garments, designed wedding gowns, prom gowns, and much more. The direction of her business shifted towards creating hats and accessories in 2008, when her customers would often ask her to design hats to match their outfits. She has always been driven to help others in need, and helped them uncover their inner beauty.
When her mother was diagnosed with breast and lung cancer, she decided to take a more beneficent direction with her business, and began to host events and fundraisers with organizations to bring awareness as well as beauty to those struggling with their illnesses.