Fabiola Arias: Dresses Inspired by Art

Fabiola Arias, a recent graduate Parsons began her creative focus in one direction….the Fine Arts.  Her passion was to be a great artist, and painting continues to be very much a part of her life. However, after being awarded a Japanese scholarship, then given to only four young designers, her artistic passions shifted to fashion design.  Fabiola, only in the business for a couple of years now, has created a unique limited collection of daytime and evening dresses that are built on her love of painting.  The texture of her brush strokes are apparent in her designs.  Her concept, while mastered now by her team and manufactured in New York City, sounds simple but must take great expertise and craftsmanship to execute.  She buys yardage of beautiful organza in bold colors and then cuts it all up into various sized petal-like pieces to make her designs.  She says the secret is a masterful template that her makers can follow. All the principles of creating a great canvas are translated into her creations of exquisite dresses that really must be seen to be appreciated.

Color is her trademark, in fact, when asked if she does any of her dresses in black, she said no, as she has tried it and her customer is not interested in black from her……she is all about COLOR and that is what they want and expect from her collection, RED being her favorite, of course!

She works closely with her milliner partner, Anilu Oms, a former Costume Designer in Miami, who creates exquisite headgear to accompany most garments.  These designs, hand made, feature beautiful high quality florals and abstract designs thats own uniqueness compliment these very special garments.  What a creative person, Anilu is…..sitting in the audience at Fashion Week and seeing these fabulous gowns and headdresses come down the runway, no one would have known that Fed Ex failed to deliver the headgear and that Anilu was backstage created each new design moments before each model hit the runway….that is talent and expert craftsmanship that pulled that off!  So well done Anilu!

These are two talented women with a big future in front of them. To see more of their work visit www.fabiolaarias.com.

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