Hailing from Omaha, Nebraska Alyssa Dilts began teaching for Nancy Bounds Studios in Omaha in 2001. She then moved to Chicago, Illinois and attended the International Academy of Design, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts. In October of 2006 Alyssa began her career handling the runway division for Elite Model Management Chicago. In August 2008, she was promoted to the Director of New Faces & Development where she focused on the scouting and development of new models when she traveled throughout the United States. She held classes for the new models on a weekly basis reviewing professional practices including how to walk the runway and move behind the camera. Each year she held an intense training “Boot Camp” during spring break. Alyssa created and produced an annual fashion show for all models whom she scouted through the year. The VIP guest list included a Who’s Who of clients from Teen Vogue, Abercrombie & Fitch, Seventeen Magazine, Neiman Marcus, Macy’s, Delia’s, Urban Outfitters and many other internationally recognized fashion retailers, designers and magazines.
Alyssa had the opportunity to see the international market at its best when a model she developed was chosen to open the Alexander Wang Show during New York Fashion Week in September 2011. Alyssa accompanied the model to Milan, Italy and monitored the model walk in the Versace Show. She ended the whirlwind tour in the capital of fashion, Paris, France, with the model walking in the show of designer Balenciaga.
With Alyssa’s reputation and history in the industry she has contacts with the top modeling agencies from all over the world. Students attending classes or models represented by DEVELOPMENT will have the education, experience and contacts to take their career to the top.