My design career began at the age of ten. Coming from a big family we shared everything. I wanted a little of my own space to do schoolwork and found something that resembled a desk in the basement. The wood top opened and inside was a metal Singer StyleOmatic sewing machine. This is where my passion began.
Graduating with an honors degree in Fashion Design from the renowned Fashion Institute of Technology, my studies taught me the painstaking techniques of manipulating the single eye needle, how to draw my visions in color, the craft of pattern making and draping, but more importantly how to perfect the inside construction of a garment. All of this must be mastered to reach perfection in finished garment design.
Upon graduation, I chose International Playtex Inc. as my entrance into the design world as a Fit Development Designer. My superior, Ed Janicelli, taught me one of my most valued lessons in design. Every pattern change made in design, no matter how slight, affects the outcome of the finished design. This is were I learned patience and extreme attention to detail.
After designing my own wedding gown and accessories, family and friends began asking me to design their wedding attire... and then friends of friends. Word continued to spread and "I fell into business" designing from my home design studio under the domain name headpiece.com. The demand precipitated a vivid dream about designing from a store front. Five days after the dream, Headpiece.com, "the store" was founded and opened its doors on May 1st, 1999.
As a dear friend once said to me, "Marie, you created headpiece.com with your own two hands." The designer brain never rests. I create in my dreams, at a stop sign, in spin class, while stitching, and when I have the chance to envision one special moment or detail in the life of someone else.
BEST IN CLASS
- Custom veil pattern development and unique headpiece design
- Vintage headpiece and veil re-design and replication
- Heirloom infant accessories and portrait wear