"Haute couture" has had a distinct meaning in Europe for centuries. It is "high sewing," the sewing art that produced clothing for royalty and the wealthy. It delights in the most difficult sewing challenges, and knows no limits with fabrics and accents. It requires the greatest skill, the most work, and the deepest vision. Every garment is made by hand, and every garment is an art piece. Most garments are only made once. Haute couture is the highest level of the sewing art. It is what my mother strived for, and what I strive for with every garment I make.
My tastes and influences are diverse. Some have said the only consistent themes with my designs are the quality of the construction and my design objectives. Silhouette is critical. Every dress must have a distinct shape that is flattering to the female form. My dresses are usually form-fitting, lined, and highly tailored. I love the challenge of designing dresses that are asymmetrical but balanced. I love bold colors and joining, blending, and layering different fabrics and textures. I love intricate details and ornamentation, and bringing diverse elements and colors together. I want to make clothes that are beautiful, unique, and interesting up close and from afar.