Looking for a unique handmade party dress for an afternoon wedding, or a one-of-a-kind date dress? Etsy.com is the place to find it! Atlanta based fashion designers are setting up shop and making their name known to the global marketplace.
Melissa Price, a recent graduate of Georgia Southern University with a degree in Apparel Design, opened her Etsy.com shop Barefeet Memories after graduation in June 2011. It only took one movie for Melissa to decide fashion was for her; the Fifth Element featuring Jean Paul Gaultier’s out of this world costumes for the film. Other favorites include Alexander McQueen and Marc Jacobs, costume designer Colleen Atwood and artist Rodarte. Melissa takes inspiration from historical garments, film costumes, estate jewelry and old photos and “doesn’t dare watch a Tim Burton movie without her sketchbook!”
Melissa’s “ultimate goal is just to make someone happy and feel beautiful” while wearing one of her creations. She chooses to use upcycled, recycled and earth friendly materials and will also reconstruct an existing garment into something new and beautiful. Someday she’d also love to participate in Fashion Week and own a boutique featuring her unique designs.
Another Atlanta designer, Megan Huntz, is also using Etsy.com to showcase her unique approach to fashion. A graduate from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, and a literal Doctor of Fashion Design with a Master’s degree from Domus Academy in Milan, Megan launched her dress line in 2008 in Barcelona. She says “I am intrigued by interesting women, and being able to dress them for the interesting moments in their lives. When a woman feels good, and has true confidence, there’s nothing more powerful and sexy.” Megan’s dresses are less like a collection and more like an art series of painted garments that will put you on the pedestal. Silk fabrics are hand washed and over-dyed in a series of steps to create one-of-a-kind garments that are magical in quality.
Megan’s art series of dresses can be found in her Etsy.com shop Megan Huntz Dresses, on shoplesnouvelles.com, and also in Sabot, a boutique in Buckhead. Ultimately, Megan would like to continue creating her unique designs that “blur the line of fashion and art”, while also producing a commercial line. That second goal is being realized with her commercial line being sold in a showroom in New York City starting in 2012.
It goes to show that you don’t have to leave your house to shop fabulous local fashion. Just visit Etsy.com and search for Atlanta designers.