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Cinderella….A Fairy Tale Wedding: Wedding411 Charity Fashion Show with Maryland Academy of Couture Arts

12 Sep

Wedding411 is working together with Maryland Academy of Couture Arts to raise money for
charity: Brides Against Breast Cancer.

On Tuesday, October 2 and Wednesday, October 3, Wedding411 is hosting a wedding fashion show from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Castle at Maryvale located at 11300 Falls Road Brooklandville, Maryland.


$35 regular seating/$50 VIP seating


*100 Tickets per night will be sold. (10) VIP seats for $50 and (90) regular seats for $35. All proceeds will go to Brides Against Breast Cancer.

Get your tickets here: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/3931908444

Rising Stars of Maryland Center of Fashion Design on June 17 (2012)

23 May

On June 17 at 6:30 p.m., The Maryland Center of Fashion Design will host an annual Fashion Legacy to honor Nataline and to help the Nataline Sarkisyan Foundation at the Pier 5 Hotel.

There will be couture Designs by students of the Maryland Academy of Couture Arts showcased in this exciting Haute Couture Event.

The annual proceeds of the ticket sales to the fashion show, together with benevolent contributions to Fashion Legacy, will provide grant scholarships to eligible students attending a fashion or culinary learning institute and Medical school.  Nataline’s dreams will, in turn, help one of her peers live their dream.

Click here for more information. Tickets are $35.

Stylemaker to Watch in 2012: Teenage Fashion Prodigy Jude Drakeford

17 Jan

Yards of piping shaped into a corset. Over one thousand handmade organza petals with a shiny middle became a skirt. Rose was born. 

 Inspired by a 30 foot tall metal basket of florals, Jude Drakeford created her first gown at 11 years old. The young designer enrolled into Maryland Academy of Couture Arts (MACA) to learn more about the creative process of fashion. 

(Photo from Jude Drakeford).

“MACA allows me to broaden my outlook on proper garment construction,” Drakeford said. “All the different techniques I have learned, I try to incorporate into my designs such as pessementary, silk painting, embroidery techniques and edgings. Ella Pritsker, my teacher and mentor, has taught me so many skills that I could not have learned anywhere else. “

Influenced by Pritsker’s expertise in couture design, Drakeford has become a teenaged fashion prodigy. The youngest student at MACA is appreciative of her fashion education. The most important concept she has learned is pattern making. 

“It opened a lot of doors for me and allows my designs to come to life,” Drakeford said. I learned that once you know how to make a pattern, the sky is the limit.”

(Photo from Jude Drakeford).

Before Drakeford created a colorful gown named Rose, she made a green lycra mermaid tail at the age of 7. Wanting to know how it felt to be a mythical creature, she wore it whenever she would go swimming. This early interest developed into a muse for her fabric based inventions.

“Mother Nature is my biggest inspiration because most people do not take time to look around them and appreciate a natural beauty in a form of art,” Drakeford said. 

I try to tell that story through my garments as much as possible, impressionistic art – such as Monet, Renoir, Degas and Van Gogh because their paintings are more abstract it allows my imagination to wonder while still keeping the basic concept.”

Jude Drakeford (Photo from Jude Drakeford).

With a passion to turn natural elements into wearable pieces, the Maryland teenager continues to work towards her dreams of presenting at New York Fashion and designing red carpet ready custom gowns.

“I don’t have a favorite [design],” Drakeford said.  I love them all for different reasons. Because they are all so unique. Each one has taught me something new in the process.” 

 Every garment she makes, there is always a lesson to be learned. 

Weekend Catwalk: Maryland Academy of Couture Arts HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE

5 Dec

On Saturday, December 10, join Maryland Academy of Couture Arts  for their Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Also, you get meet and eat with the designers for a holiday dinner after 4 p.m. Guess what, the event is free! If you are still looking for a gift for the fashionista in your life, please check out this event to score an one of a kind garment.

Meet Ella Pritsker of Maryland Academy of Couture Arts

18 Sep

Have you ever picked up a needle and thread?  Maybe you learned how to sew watching your grandmother?  Maybe you picked up a sewing book from the library and taught yourself?

Maybe you went to a fashion school and learned from a mentor? Whether you are self taught or receive a fashion education, it is clear that the art of sewing will never fade away.

Ella Pritsker is the founder and director of Maryland Academy of Couture Arts located at  20 East Timonium Road, Suite 312 in Timonium, MD.

Ella Pritsker (Photo from Ella Pritsker).

Pritsker uses her sewing skills to teach other about haute couture and to inspire others to use their hands to make wearable pieces.

In two years, Pritsker has became a household name in the fashion community of Charm City by being a co-founder of Baltimore Fashion Alliance and teaching her couture mastery to students like Michelle Murphy, Jude Drakeford, and Vincent Licari.

(From Right to Left) MACA students Jude Drakeford, Vincent Licari, and Michelle Murphy (Photos from Ella Pritsker).

What inspired you to start the Maryland Academy of Couture Arts?

It has been a dream of mine for a few years. I’ve met many talented designers that wanted to improve their skills. Also a lot of people said wanted to learn to make their own clothes, and many wanted to become dressmakers. I just wanted to keep the art alive and preserve it for future generations.

How would you describe the Maryland Academy of Couture of Arts classes or environment?

Simply HEAVEN. It’s inspiring, it’s wonderful and very peaceful. Retreat for your soul.

 (Photo from Ella Pritsker).

What do you love about teaching others about sewing and design?

Teaching is very rewarding. Its like unlocking hidden potential! When one learns the skills, one has the tools to express their own individual creativity.

What’s the best thing you have designed so far?

I like all my designs equally, it’s like trying to decide which is your favorite child. But what I love to see most are my students creations, they are amazing and are very inspiring! When I see what they are capable of creating, I know I’m on the right track.


Weekend Catwalk: Federal Hill, Maryland Academy of Couture Arts, and Urban Chic

10 Dec

Federal Hill Moonlight Madness

(Photo from Federal Hill blog).

Today, shops like Whimsy boutique and galleries in Federal Hill will stay open until midnight for Federal Hill’s Moonlight Madness.

There will be carolers wandering the decorated streets.

Free gift wrapping as well as light refreshments in the Main Street Office (42 E. Cross Street).

Maryland Academy of Couture Arts -Open House

From Saturday, December 11 to Sunday, December 13, Maryland Academy of Couture Arts will have a holiday open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You will be able to meet students and be able to purchase one of kind creations by their students.

A portion of all sales will be donated to the House of Ruth of Maryland. Gift wrapping services are available for a small fee, 100% of that fee will be donated to the House of Ruth.

Cool Urban Chic Contest

There’s a really cool contest going on right now at Urban Chic. It’s the “Show us your Urban Chic” photo contest. Just send a photo of yourself wearing your favorite Urban Chic item to katherine@urbanchiconline.com along with your name, city/state, and Urban Chic location where you purchased the item.

All entries will be posted on Urban Chic’s Facebook page! Finalists will be determined based on how many “likes” and comments they get. The final step involves having all finalist being featured on the Living Chic blog, where visitors will be invited to vote for their favorite.

What’s the big prize?

The winner will receive a SHOPPING PARTY with discounts for their friends, not to mention a YEARLONG DISCOUNT at Urban Chic!

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