Martha Dixon, a life-long resident of Clark County, has used her degree in fashion design from Commercial Technical Institute in Little Falls, N.J., to create two successful fashion businesses. Her company, Martha’s Fashion Design, produces tailor-made suits, gowns and mother of the bride dresses.
Her career began in 1985 when she began taking her creations door to door in the Heights area of Little Rock. Even though she had more doors closed on her than were opened, her designs caught the eye of a Height’s boutique, Casey’s Cachet. Two weeks later, the boutique informed Dixon that First Lady Hillary Clinton had purchased one of her dresses.
Impressed with her design, Hillary Clinton chose Dixon to design her 1993 presidential gala gown which today hands in display at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library.
Dixon Manufacturing makes and markets uniforms used by health care institutions, nursing schools and food processors. The company also makes a line of public and private school uniforms called “Martha Kids”.
She is a former member of the Arkansas State Election Commission and the Governor’s Advisory Board on Minority Business. She is active in numerous organizations, including the State Board of Education, the Rockefeller Foundation Board, and the International Women’s Forum and is Secretary of the Clark County Democratic Party.
She’s also been recognized numerous times by Arkansas Business as one of the “Top 100 Women of Arkansas” and has served on the Governor’s Advisory Board on Minority Business