A dreamer, a rebel and a visionary fascinated by shapes and colors. Her interests were developed in art classes through sketching and sculpting. However, there was something about playing Barbie doll with her best friend and upstair neighbor, Lisa that sparked a fashion designer spirit.
“She always had the latest doll, doll house, doll clothes and accessories,” Evette Monique said. I didn’t have as much as she did being raised in a middle class blue collar house hold so it was always a treat and privilege to play Barbie with her. One day I was watching the Oscars with my mom and I was amazed at all the wonderful colors and textures the actresses wore on the red carpet. I wanted to own all of those gowns.”
A few months later, Evette Monique was visiting her Great Aunt Velma, a seamstress. Her place was like a small downtown dress shop with customer ordered lined up and ready to go.
“I remember having my Barbie with me and asked me about her,” Monique said. I said that I love playing dress up with her but I didn’t have a lot of clothes for her. Aunt Velma smiled and said “Hunny you know the women of this family always make a way out of no way.” Then she handed me a few scraps of fabric and said, you can make what ever you want Barbie to wear out of this. From that point on I knew I wanted to design beautiful garments for everyone.”
Evette Monique is a sought after fashion designer known for her unconventional designs and Baltimore dressing women that mold our fashion scene, Caprece Jackson Garrett. But, her first piece of clothing went through a trail and error process.
“The first item I made was a bustier it was horribly constructed, one cup size was smaller than other and the fit was all wrong,” Monique said. There was even a part of the garment that I used hot glue. I eventually step by step how to properly create clothes. One week I would just study looking at patterns and how to piece them together. Another week studied different fabrics. Then I practice sewing simple garments and gradually moving on to more complex pieces.”
Some of Evette Monique’s favorite garments she has designed so far includes a lace wedding gown, a red jersey dress with a plunging neckline and a sculpted mesh corset. When she isn’t designing her next masterpiece, she is a mother to two daughters. Currently, she is working on new pieces for Fall 2015.
“What inspired me to pursue fashion design is that fashion tells a story about an era of life,” Monique said. It paints a paints a picture of what people are going through at that decade. The 30’s was the prohabition era which the Flapper dress was born. The 70’s had disco were Bell bottoms were all the rage. Fashion can invoke a feeling for instance if you put on a frilly skirt you would probably feel flirty and fun. If you put on a suit then you would probably feel like a CEO of a major company. To be able to create something that can make someone feel happy or important is what motivates me to pursue.”