Moschino, Galliano, Dior, Cavalli, Diane von Furstenberg: All names we’re familiar with but today’s Woman Making History honoree is more than just familiar with those names, she’s been one of the chosen few to work along side them. Elisa Palomino’s “Once upon a Fashion Design” story began at St. Martins College where she and our dear Alexander McQueen (R.I.P.) were classmates.
Before receiving her master’s in Fashion Design from St. Martins, Elisa grew up in Cuenca, Spain, a humble 15th century town. Her mother was an acclaimed restorer of fine arts and her grandmother was a habitué of Haute Couture. With a strong sense of aesthetics in her blood and a passion for textiles, Elisa’s designs are nothing short of remarkable.
In 1995, Elisa’s design career started, as she cultivated the eccentric style of Moschino’s Cheap & Chic line. Five years later, Galliano recruited her to work for his own label and soon after, Dior came knocking. She rose to become head of the studio and helped the fashion house grow creativity.
After her time with Galliano, Elisa worked at Roberto Cavalli as Studio Director. The opportunity to become VP of Design at none other than, Diane von Furstenberg, came her way and she made her way to New York City, where she lives today.
Fall 2010 marked the season for Elisa’s self-titled label. Before we get into the collection, have a look at Elisa’s turn-ons and turn-offs…
We get some exciting fashion insight from Elisa below:
M.I.S.S.: What woman, besides your mom or grandmother, do you find inspirational?
NathaIie Gibson, my tutor from C. Saint Martins and Katell Le Bouhris, my “Fairy Godmother” at Dior.
M.I.S.S.: How did you get your start in fashion design?
At 15, I won a fashion competition with a swimwear collection.
M.I.S.S.: You’ve worked for some amazing designers and have incredible experience. From working with John Galliano and Dior, developing Moschino’s Cheap & Chic line, being the studio director at Cavalli, and currently VP of design at DVF. What are some of the most valuable lessons you learned working at these jobs?
At Moschino I learnt everything about fashion and how to have fun with it. At Galliano and Dior, that there is no boundaries in creativity and the finest craftmanship. And at DVF, how to run a business.
M.I.S.S.: You also design for your own eponymous line. How is it different than designing under another designer?
You can fully express yourself and your dreams. It is your true essence and no compromises.
M.I.S.S.: Did you always want to have your own line? If not, when did you decide to start your own line?
When I met my husband, Tristan Von Christann, a film maker, we decided to create it together. It’s like making a film!
M.I.S.S.: What’s your favorite piece that you’ve created?
I Love them all. Each of them is done with so much love and passion.
M.I.S.S.: Who do you want to work with?
Anyone passionate about their work.
M.I.S.S.: What part of fashion design is the most challenging and do you dislike the most?
M.I.S.S.: Any advice for ladies who are just starting out in a career in fashion design?
To go for it, risk everything and don’t be afraid…it’s lots of fun!
On February 17, 2010, Elisa Palomino debuted her beautiful, eponymous line with a runway show during New York Fashion Week.
A longtime collector of Twenties and Thirties kimonos, Elisa Palomino brought the era to life with a feminine lineup of delicate tulle embellished flapper dresses and beautiful Asian floral motifs, in which her time as head of John Galliano’s studio certainly came across.
View the enchanting collection below! And keep an eye out for more Elisa Palomino, her solo line’s sure to continute to excite!
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