My name is Tamara Sanchez and I am a creative force by any medium. My design philosophy is to create and design freely in an organic and fluid form. Creatively I like to follow my instincts and trust the process. I like to start from my initial point of inspiration and let the design evolve on its own. Inspiration for my designs is found in life, movement, structure, and art. My theory is that; if elements and colors can coexist in nature, then they can co-habitate within the space of design. I love the natural flow of give and take and the freedom found in the process. For me, the experimental stage is the most important, as fashion is a form of art and there are many methods of creating that can be combined to achieve unique textures and interesting materials for design foundations and embellishments. The creations are a result of those experiments with raw materials and surface manipulations. As a designer my main areas of interest include outerwear, leather goods, accessories, and knitwear. My intent is to design innovative products using new combinations of techniques and textiles. The ultimate design aesthetic is sophisticated with attention to detail inspired by luxury and tempered by humility.
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Innovation is my go to word and it inspires me where ever I am. I love incorporating various textures and mix media into my garments if I can. I am always challenging myself mentally and creatively with my designs. I love designing wearable art, avant garde, and RTW. My designs reflect a confident women who isn’t afraid to stand out in a crowd.
Growing up my grandma Rosie used to make me and my sister cute little matching outfits with flowers andinitials. I thought that was so fancy. My Aunt Mary eventually taught me how to sew and thats where it all began. I went to school for fashion retail marketing to learn everything I needed to know in the fashion business. I graduated May 2015 and opened my business Basia Rose Designs that same month! One of my favorite things to design is one piece garments (dresses, jumpers, body suit). I have plans in the near future to have my designs manufactured and produce for local small boutiques in South-Eastern Wisconsin. As of now Basia Rose Designs consist of a small team producing all handmade items in Milwaukee Wisconsin.
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I’ve been designing custom high-end Eveningwear, Bridal and Costumes for 10 years. My designs can best be described as red-carpet looks with that touch of old Hollywood glamour. I choose rich, regal luxurious fabrics to make women feel beautiful, feminine and sensual. When I see an exquisite fabric, I instantly visualize what I can create with it. Many designers start with a sketch and then look for fabrics to compliment their design where as I take the opposite approach. I am first attracted to a fabric because I visualize what it could be and then I drape, create and see it take shape. After graduating with my first Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, I received my second Bachelor’s with honors in Fashion Design from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. I was fortunate enough to intern under a designer in London named Jean-Pierre Braganza. Living and working in London enabled me to see and experience design on a global scale and immerse myself in the international fashion scene. It was there that I learned how to hone in on my creative skills and use them to shape, cut and fit my designs on a whole new level- it was truly inspiring. Upon moving back home to the states, I began custom work for private clients and started participating in fashion shows in Milwaukee, Chicago and New York. All of these experiences have helped mold me into the designer I am today- and I can’t forget to mention my informal design training that was learned from my grandmother who was a beautiful seamstress her whole life. I want every woman that wears one of my designs to feel like she’s walking on the “red-carpet.”
“Where my fantasy is expressed and my inner child is pleased”
Born Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam in 1995. Duyen left Vietnam for America at the age of 14, and graduated from Mount Mary University with a degree in Fashion Design. Duyen loves to talk to the audience and take them to her imaginary world.She’s strongly inspired by cultures, especially Vietnamese culture. She loves to study an aspect of the culture and then talk about it in the collection
ElyseMichele Designs is a blend of mix and match pieces for an on the go women. These pieces are day to night looks with a dark color palette. Dark textures on classics with a daring twist.
Em.Ris is the creative platform of fashion designer Emily Ristow. Her designs have an edgy streetwear aesthetic, with a focus on innovation and attention to detail. Em.Ris is built on the belief that great design is a balance between creative curiosity and disciplined technical skills. All designs are custom made by Emily in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
The Gryphon’s Gold is the brainchild of Melissa Thompson, conceived out of a need for a creative outlet and a desire to put her fashion degree to good use. She specializes in one of a kind, custom designs infused with an aura of fantasy. Melissa believes everything she creates should tell a story. Supported in her endeavors by her loving family, Melissa runs The Gryphon’s Gold out of her home studio in West Bend, Wisconsin.
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Laura Bavlnka is and artist and designer living in Milwaukee, WI. She discovered an interest in fashion at a young age. To foster her passions, Laura studied at the Rhode Island School of Design, Paris American Academy, and Mount Mary University where she received her BA in fashion design in 2014. Post graduation she stepped into a career as an assistant designer at Kohl’s Corp, where she currently works. Laura’s truest passion is making clothing for women, and she is an experienced seamstress. From designing, to pattern making, to fitting, Laura enjoys all steps in the process of creating clothing. She draws inspiration from many designers, two of her favorites being Rodarte and Isabel Marant. However she is most inspired by things in nature, mainly the ever changing sky. She finds the colors and textures to be similar to the effect that can be achieved through dying fabrics. Laura’s second love is textile design, and she often incorporates her one of a kind textiles in her fashions. As a designer Laura’s goal is to make a woman feel comfortable and confident in oneself knowing that she is wearing something special and of good quality.
I was born on the island of Trinidad & Tobago. My love of fashion started when I was a little girl and would get all the scraps from my aunt after she sewed our uniforms and made dresses for my dolls on her old Singer pedal machine. I moved to the United States when I was twelve years old and my love for fashion flourished. I attended Mount Mary University where I graduated with a major in Fashion Design, a minor in Graphic Design and a concentration in Business. I am fortunate to have been inspired by two worlds; the unique colorful flair of the Caribbean and the modern fashion of the United States. My focus has always been women’s wear and tailored men’s wear. I have worked as a freelance designer at Harley-Davidson Motor Company and Kohls.
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I am a Milwaukee, WI native who has always had an appreciation for fashion, sewing, art and cultures around the world. I am a huge fan of designing, sewing and embroidery. As a young girl, I designed and created apparel for family and friends with a goal of someday becoming a fashion designer. My career goal has been a bit diverted, however, my passion for creatively expressing myself through designing, sewing and embroidery–has not! I’m often asked: How do you find the time for designing, sewing and embroidery in addition to everything else you do? My answer: I have to make the time. It is a part of who I am, and always will be. I can’t imagine my life without this creative outlet. I hope that I can inspire people to try new things, such as my eccentric, vintage, and culturally influenced jewelry and clothing. Ultimately, I am working to create “common threads, for uncommon people.”
Meet Joseline Montanez – Hola! I’m designer and owner at JMs Couture”. Sewing and creating is more than my passion, it’s in my D.N.A. I started sewing little things at the age of thirteen. My grandmother taught me the first things I learned about sewing. She also, was my first support when I decided to get my Associates Degree in High End Custom Tailoring and to continue my studies at one of the most prestige’s Colleges in Puerto Rico Carlota Alfaro College” taught by the very own Carlota Alfaro. From then on, my life just took an awesome twist into the needle industry and fashion world.
From a very young age, I have been fascinated by clothes- the colors, the shapes, the textures, and the patterns. My passion for fashion drove me to pursue a degree in Fashion Design from Mount Mary University. Throughout my education I fell in love with the freedom that design brought me, whether it be an illustration or a garment. My design aesthetic always originates from classics as they are the building blocks of style and elegance. A well made garment made of the finest fabrics should be treasured and worn for years to come.
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I have been in the fashion and beauty industry (Licensed cosmetologist) for about 7 years. I have worked with many local designers as well as in fashion shows as either a makeup/hair artist, or a designer. I am looking to continue to grow and expand in the fashion community. I have worked with Telemundo (3 times), CBS 58, La Gran D, Journal Sentinel has also published 2 garments I designed. Fashion is my passion I am expected to graduate by September of 2015 I would really like to showcase my artwork in fashion week to really be able to express who I am in fashion.
As a child growing up with a gorgeous and fashionable mother, I was instantly drawn to the sophistication of a woman. Watching my mother get ready for a special occasion fascinated me, I remember her glowing with confidence. My mother was and always has been my inspiration when it came to fashion. At a young age, I already knew exactly what I wanted to do – I wanted to have a clothing line, but I wanted to create something and have a purpose behind it. I wanted every woman to have that same glow my mother had, because to me it was important for every woman to not only look beautiful, but feel it as well. I never had any formal training in sewing, nor did I know where to start. All I knew was that I had a lot of passion. In 2010, while I was pregnant with my third child, a stay at home mother, and a victim of domestic violence, I took the initiative and began learning how to sew myself. I bought a sewing machine, learned how to thread it, and that’s where it all began. I started realizing that the more I sewed away, the more I began to believe in myself and most importantly, love myself. It became very personal to me and very important that I keep going. I knew that I had found a way to empower other woman like me.
Madalyn Joy Manzeck graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Dean’s High Honors in May 2016. She received a Bachelor of Science in Textile and Apparel Design. She has interned with Paul Andrew and Donna Karan at New York Fashion Week and spent the summer of 2015 as the Fabric Research and Development intern at Global Brands Group located in the Empire State Building in New York City. Instead of working her way up the corporate ladder, upon graduation Madalyn decided to pursue her own designs and works as a fashion designer creating bespoke items for her own brand, Madalyn Joy Designs. She recently opened a studio space in Port Washington, WI where she works on her custom designs and meets with clients for appointments and fittings.
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MELK Studios LLC is a creative arts & crafts studio located in Northeastern Wisconsin. Situated in a renovated milk house, the name “MELK” pays reference to both the architecture of our creative workspace, but also the colloquial Midwestern mispronunciation of “milk.” Rooted strongly in good old Midwestern charm, MELK specializes in handmade, textile-based home and apparel goods. Drawing from Bauhaus Design, MELK believes that form is equally important to function, and our products embody this belief. We focus on complementing our clean lines and classic silhouettes with creative and contemporary color combinations, fun fabrics, intriguing prints, and uniquely handcrafted components.
PMdesigns by Pamela Marie is a fashionable, unique brand with retro elements inspired by vintage 40’s, 50’s & 60’s style. A one-woman business, PMdesigns is the result of internationally published pinup model and Milwaukee native Pamela Marie’s vision to provide the perfect pinup look for all shapes and sizes.
I am a first generation Hmong woman majoring in Fashion Design at Mount Mary University. Fashion has always been a way of creative expression for me. I’ve come to really learn and appreciate how fashion can be applied to other realms of expression in order to connect with a variety of audiences. My experience with working at small local fashion businesses and my university campus allows me to continue developing skills with emphasis on personal assistance, inclusiveness, and leadership that can help lead and contribute to success in the workplace and independent creative learning. I always stay creatively and critically motivated whether it is through learning a new craft, or perfecting an old one. I believe success comes from learning, problem solving, and building lasting connections. A quote that really resonates with me is ” Nothing is impossible, the word itself says I’m possible.” – Audrey Hepburn
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My clothing is as ever changing, striking, soft and unique as the person who chooses to wear it. The work that I show is the culmination of my true inspiration and showcases what happens when you let your mind wander and take a moment to let the world inspire you.
Sabrina Lombardo is a young local Milwaukee designer. She comes from Mexica, Tigua, and Raramuri Descent. Her indigenous roots influence her unique creative vision. Sabrina draws from traditional aesthetics to bring to life modern renditions that all cultures will appreciate. She specializes in surface design and hand embellishment techniques.
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Silversärk began in 2005 as a way to bring the aesthetics of Japanese Street Fashion to a Western market, which has since expanded to include many kinds of alternative fashion, from Steampunk to Gothic to Avant Garde and High Fashion. Over the past several years, Silversärk has gained notoriety in the Midwest for distinct textiles, design, detailing, and tailoring. Taking historic fashion to the mainstream by using contemporary silhouettes and fabrics, Silversärk garments are one-of-a-kind designs with modern comfort and function in mind. Stephanie Schultz has had her work featured on TMJ4’s The Morning Blend, Fox 6 Wake Up! and The Real Milwaukee, as well as local publications M Magazine, Milwaukee County Post, WTMJ, and The Shepherd Express. Silversärk ensembles have also been on exhibit at the OshKosh Public Museum and the Racine Art Museum, as well as numerous editorials in art and fashion magazines nationwide.
SS Couture is a division of Seamingly Sisters. We strive to empower men and women to look and feel amazing, inside and out. We are out to prove that fashion has no size or age because any BODY can be a fashion statement. Our customers are always noticed and never forgotten. We strive to make our products powerful and innovative so our customers can continue to live incomparably.
Twisted Planet Designs was started in 2010 and is best known for creating one-of-a-kind fun pieces and detailed hand crochet work. With a flair for whimsy; you never know what she’s going to make but it is sure to have some creative and interesting twists. The founder, Sarah Ott, has over a decade of technical design experience that ensures the garments she makes will fit excellently. Aside from fun on the runway, Twisted Plant primarily focuses on custom pieces for clients.
VIC·TOR \vik ‘tôr\, n.; an exploration of the kinesthetic relationship with the tactile and the conceptual. A complicated, ever-evolving culmination – experimental in color, print, and texture; eclectic in nature; and multi-faceted by design. Always inspired by, and created for, the non-conforming, creative maximalist.
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Virago: from Latin, ‘heroic woman, female warrior’.
Clothing created for the modern women, to empower and inspire strength. Influenced by strong architectural details, urban edge, and athletic details. Using high quality and luxurious materials, expert construction to fit, conform, and flatter, and one-of-a-kind details. Sarah Corlett is a 2014 Mount Mary University graduate, holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Fashion Design, graduating with honors. As a student, she was awarded the “Fashion Forward Award”, the “Outstanding Design Talent Award”, and the “Most Marketable Collection Award” for her work. She completed a study abroad at the Paris American Academy, learning couture methods, millinery, dying techniques, and feather skills. Her designs have been exhibited at the Harley Davidson Museum, the Villa Terace, Zita Bridal Salon, and for segments on local Channel TMJ4 and Fox 6 News. Her work was shown on an international level in 2014 at the WBFF Worlds Competition, Themewear segment. She has worked at the Bon-Ton Inc, within CAD, Color, and Product Development, since 2012. Independently, she designs and creates under two brands, Virago- luxury women’s wear and Ruthless- athleisure and active wear.
Heidi Steckel is a recent graduate from Iowa State University with a degree in Apparel Merchandising and Design and Entrepreneurial Studies. Heidi designs for the love of creativity and to allow others to express their feelings through style. She is most inspired through all the beauty shown in nature, and has a strong desire for creating ethical and sustainable products. WILDFLOWER by heidi embraces the free spirit, joy, and simplicity of children.