more

Elie1_3_2.jpg

For me, it’s important to feel good in your own skin, to be in harmony inside and out. As a professional wardrobe stylist and costume designer, I am charged with creating stylish looks, often on very beautiful people paid to look that way. However, for the rest of us, I believe true beauty is the entire package—body, mind, spirit and, of course, good shoes.

 

Italian born, elegance and wardrobe was a part of my life from an early age. I began my career at age 14, apprenticing during a summer internship for a guest costume designer for the La Scala Opera Theater in Milan. I then studied Set Design and Costume History at the Brera Academy of fine Arts, also in Milan.

 

I was lucky enough to get another internship at a couture workshop with multiple premier seamstresses from notorious designer houses. I learned high fashion secrets about perfect custom fit fabrics, millinery and trims.

 

After graduation I worked for the Italian national TV network that taped variety shows and sitcoms—even a circus show. I was pulling wardrobe directly from designer showrooms and supervising garment construction for the artists at costume houses. I quickly began to understand the diversity of fashion, discerning the off-the-rack look and as well as the elegance of custom couture.

I moved to the U.S. in 1995, and I love living in America. The thing that has surprised me the most, however, is that we often settle for cheap quality, which bothers me.

 

I have a very holistic approach on beauty, fashion and in general esthetic. Dostoyevsky said, “Beauty will save the world.” The great 18th century painter William Hogarth wrote about how disproportion offends the senses because nature is aligned with symmetry.

 

The pursuit of attractiveness transcends age, income and social status, but to achieve true timeless style is to be aligned with one’s own lifestyle, age and body type.

 

It’s very possible to invest in beautiful pieces that are well made and hold their value. I want to explore the craftsmanship—a good fabric, a functioning buttonhole, a handmade knit—at all price points.

 

Of course it’s fun to explore trends as well—colors, patterns, boldness, subtlety, rebellions and eccentricity. It’s not about being “cool” or attaining a certain status but rather a journey where we explore how we want to express the beauty already within.