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Fashion Alumna Kelly Brown Allures LA Fashionistas With New Clothing Line

Kelly Brown’s hot LA clothing label, Gaia Clothing, is making waves the fashion world. Academy of Art University School of Fashion graduate has been designing clothes since the age of seven and believes that she was “born to design clothing.”

Kelly came to the Academy’s School of Fashion because of the diversity, freedom of expression and artistic culture San Francisco provided. Of all the fashion design schools Kelly looked at, she felt that the Academy had the most resources and friendly staff and faculty.

“My favorite instructor hands down was Dale Dumbrowski for Visual Merchandising,” she recalled. “He truly did not push anything on us and let us express our creativity freely.”

Started in 2007 in Los Angeles, Gaia Clothing pays special attention to textiles, embroideries, silhouettes, colors and quality of fabric. She works predominantly with eco-friendly, organic cotton blends, bamboos, silks, antique embroideries from France or Italy and beaded textiles from India.

The line offers mass production as well as one-of-a-kind pieces and specializes in couture/evening dresses. Kelly uses antique jewels with her clothing to highlight the ornate femininity of her garments. In the future, she may design her own jewelry.

“My concept is to bring out the inner goddess in every woman,” Kelly explained. “Romance completely inspires me.”

With the assistance of two seamstresses, Kelly runs Gaia Clothing herself. On a typical day she monitors emails and voice messages, checks on orders, plans photo shoots and works on the two garments she designs per week.

The media has been buzzing about Gaia Clothing since its debut. Kelly’s line has been written up in Apparel News, FAE magazine, Focus on Fashion and is soon to be featured in W/E and Ecobella magazines. Kelly has also been interviewed on NBC.

For fashion designers who wish to start their own label, Kelly offers some advice.

“I would tell them that they should stick to their style and don’t let anyone try to ever change them.”


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