Couture Fashion Designer, Seattle, Washington
I left my career as a graphic designer 11
years ago to pursue my lifelong passion
for designing couture gowns – fine
dresses made from the most exquisite
fabrics and tailored specifically for the
wearer’s natural silhouette.
Some of my greatest inspiration
comes from my clients, and this is
especially true of a young woman
whom I was fitting for a wedding gown
eight years ago. As we talked, she said
something that had a huge impact on
me: “Seattle Children’s saved my life.
Without them, I wouldn’t be getting
married in this beautiful gown.”
Her story touched my heart and I
knew I wanted to learn more. After
taking a tour of the hospital, I started
thinking about how – in a small way – Children’s and I had something in
common: We’re both in the business
of making people’s dreams come true.
With this young bride as inspiration,
I decided to support the hospital by
doing what I know best: designing
dream garments for patients and having
them model the clothes in my annual
When the kids are backstage
getting ready to walk the runway, I
can literally feel their excitement. I
see the joy in their faces and know how
proud they are. My wish is that the way
they feel on the night of the show – vibrant, beautiful and special – stays
with them forever.
For weeks after a show, I am on
cloud nine. Being able to create lasting
memories for these children makes my
own dreams as a designer come true.
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Published in Connection magazine, December 2012