Updated: Aug 13, 2018
I have had a long time dream to start a business built around the idea of unique, custom garments made for individual women. During my time at college I had the opportunity to participate in a couple of fashion shows. These events excited me and were very valuable learning experiences that taught me how to take a design from concept to the runway. But the most rewarding experience was when my models glowed.
The girls who wore my designs adored the attention during fittings. We had conversations about their motives, visions, and the amazing feeling of wearing something that fit only them. Some went as far as to offer me actual money for garments I considered only for my portfolio.
It was during these moments, preparing for the runway that I discovered my love for custom design. Designing a collection for the masses wasn't where my heart was. I wanted to get to know my customers, what their dreams were, and how they wanted to feel in their garment at an event.
The thoughts of creating custom bridal and special occasion garments came alive. With the support of my husband I am starting an adventure that I have been looking forward to for many years. Not only do I get to do what I love, but I get to work with women who desire the satisfaction of getting something made just for them. Couture Marie is more than a designer creating a dress, it's about the experience. I want women to feel like their visions are being realized, and that their unique style is embraced. Something you can't get at any department store or boutique.
More photos from the fashion show can be seen in the gallery.