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Beth Bugdaycay

Beth Bugdaycay

Former Rebecca Taylor CEO | Co-founded Foundrae jewelry line | Class of 1994

Her view these days is of fashion runways and photo shoots. But back before she was Beth Bugdaycay — renowned fashion designer — she liked to sit back and people watch on the UI Quad.

“When I think of U of I, I think of the Quad,” says the Class of ’94 grad, whose career highlights include co-founding the jewelry line Foundrae and serving as CEO of the women’s clothing line Rebecca Taylor.

“It was where I studied and where I played hacky sack — really. I’d also sit still sometimes and see all the various surrounding buildings and people; it made me feel connected to the whole, part of something bigger and grander, a doorway to what could be.”