THE DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT
We would like to shine a spotlight on the designers that made our latest style look book “From the Rough” possible. This look book showcases beauty through designs, no matter your height, body-shape or age beauty is all around us.
These ladies are award nominated and award-winning designer who are passionate about what they do and their craft. As its international women’s month, we are shining a light on empowering women and basking in their talent.
After finishing college, Marie Sansome started a job as an assistant designer where she gained experience in sample cutting and choosing various fabrics for different designs. She was given the opportunity to make her own designs when the team went away on trips and eventually over time became the head designer of the studio.
Marie started drawing from a young age and after her teacher saw her designs, asked her parents to visit the school to see her amazing sketches. My father then helped guide me in choosing a college course in fabric & garment design. Marie Sansome is the 2018 designer of the year winner of the prestigious midland fashion awards.
in her words “My drive to design is like addiction for me, I feel close to self, it’s often a form of escapism too”.
The Sienna dress featured is an elegant couture gown in burnt orange with a halter top and butterfly wing sleeves, the back-piece features pleats and twists. From the waist down cut out circle pieces form a moving texture over the long skirt piece with a pleated deep hem covered in cut out circles. The Sienna dress does have a matching hooded cape coat.
DOLLS OF DECADENCE
Dolls of Decadence is a Birmingham based custom and handmade fashion label specialising in women’s wear for all occasions including but not limited to prom, bridal, evening and swimwear. Established in 2010, its power sexy chic aesthetic promotes affordable indulgence maintained through its generous use of fabrications to create pieces of extravagance and luxurious self-indulgence. All designs are produced in house at the Dolls of Decadence studio under the creative direction of its founder and owner, award winning designer Paulinah Eboh-Sampson.
Champagne gown is long ballroom-esque with satin finished Italian jersey.
Sequin jumpsuit is mesh stretch lace infused with black and gold sequins.
Kashane Swaby is a womenswear brand that was founded by Birmingham Fashion Designer, Deleisha Swaby in 2014. Since then she has established a brand that is respected locally and nationally for capturing elegance, style and great craftsmanship in every garment that she designs and produces. The brand is targeted at women aged 18-34 that love to indulge in the finer things in life and wear clothes that bring out their natural confidence and their sexy femininity.
The black swan backless gown was made from fine lace with beaded detail for an elegant finish which is also bind and lined with lycra for a clean finish on the edges.
On the top half of the bodice we have incorporated the print from our spring/summer 19 collection.
The neck piece detail was made from faux leather and layers of netting with added eyelets for that wow factor.