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An Interview with Luisa Sciolli

Luisa Sciolli's designs are positively enchanting. Corset-inspired tops, shorts with heart-shaped pockets, and frilly babydoll dresses populate her store, fit for a modern (and environmentally-conscious) Marie Antoinette. Influenced by Rococo fashion, the pieces in her shop are crafted lovingly using vintage and deadstock fabrics, usually from Luisa's grandmother and her sisters. There's something deeply personal about her work, and ordering from her shop feels more like getting a gift from a friend than purchasing a product. Luisa Sciolli might not be a household name at the moment, but big things are ahead.

Who are your inspirations and what lessons have they taught you?

My grandma, my friends, fairytale princesses and heroines. To never be afraid to do the things I love and stay true to myself. What’s your favorite era for fashion?

The Rococó era. I love the hyper-feminine aesthetic and the idea of creating something beautiful just for the sake of making something beautiful. What do you think is the biggest problem facing the fashion industry right now? Overconsumption driven by fast fashion. How would you describe someone that chooses to wear your designs?

A hopeless romantic. What are your favorite sustainable fashion brands?

Dauphinette, Olivia Rose The Label, Kristin Mallison, Maison Cleo What are you working on right now?

A new collection made from vintage french goblin tapestries How does your identity inform your work?

I like to use details from my childhood and family history. Nostalgia is a theme that always plays a part in the design of my collections. What was the first thing that you designed?

An embroidered handkerchief when I was 6 years old. What are your plans for the future?

My goal is to have a professional studio and continue to grow my brand as well as improve my sewing skills.


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