AMM Spotlight: Italy, When Fashion Meets Art
New York Haute Couture designer wins High Art Award at La Biennale de Venice 2016
New York-based Haute Couture and black tie gala dress designer DeSoleil, of Nolah Elan Park Avenue made history winning the Best Costumer at LA Biennale, an award designated for the world’s top artists, which with DeSoleil’s win now includes Couture fashion designers.
AMM: How has art inspired your approach to designing your dresses?
DeSoleil: Conception of truly artistic fashion starts in the mind. The process of Haute Couture itself, forces one to think of the balance between great art and wearability. From thought, to material selection, to form and function, to execution with the artistic discipline of a Tailor’s hand for supreme strength and attention to detail. All of the master artists and sculptures through the ages have been reference points. Color, the human body, nature, Modern Art in all of its broad spectrums behooves one to hear the message of true self expression.
AMM: What is your inspiration when approaching a dress design?
DeSoleil: I design what I am feeling. The power of glamour is energy that is conveyed into the garments and the wearer feels that synergy. We make the women the star. Every Nolah Elan customer is a Beyonce for the night. I love to construct magnificently detailed embellishments that compliment the body and are sleek and extremely wearable. The marriage of old world Parisian Haute Couture and panache that is my birthright as a French Creole woman, merging with new technology and fabrics.