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The journey to Gallerista

Hi ya'll! It's so good to have you here. I'm a former VP of a national art gallery chain who missed her posh power player outfits after leaving the gallery scene, and decided to do something about it.


When I was a little girl, starting from the age of 5, I've been dreaming of becoming a fashion designer. I would draw these models on paper napkins and bring them to my grandfather for critiquing. Grandpa would put on a serious face and exclaim things like: "This is an outfit from France, or this could be the next national costume of Georgia." It felt so amazing to get that affirmation and I kept piling on stashes of those sketches for years.


This was back in the Soviet Union, which our family left when I was 13. When it was time to apply to colleges, my mom took me to an artist, miraculously pulled out those stashes of sketches she kept in a cookie box, and asked what I would need to get ready for my portfolio.


An academic artist told her I would need to learn everything in order to become a great fashion designer, I would need to know how to sketch and paint, and understand things like composition and color fields. I learned how to paint portraits, landscapes and still life. I got accepted into art schools with great scholarships, but no fashion schools wanted me as I didn't know how to sew.


Twenty years later, after having worked in the gallery world, sold my art to tons of high profile clients, and having my teaching studio garner a Best of Boston award, I kept having visions of unique outfits come to me every morning in the shower. I didn't quite know what to do about them until I spoke with a business mentor, who said: "If your subconscious wants you to do something, you do it." And do I did.


I worked with a wonderful international crew. A woman from Argentina helped me with my flat pack designs. An insightful girl from the Philippines guided me in my social media channel development. I found the most gracious Brazilian couple to create samples for me, and a beautiful duo of a Russian photographer and model to capture this first line as it was coming into existence.


I hope you enjoy this labor of love. Please do not hesitate to write and ask any questions, and we will do our best to customize pieces as much as possible.


Warmly,

Diana



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