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Its always a pleasure and joy to work with a client that believes in your talent and creative vision.  I recently collaborated with Soi Fabulous on her forth coming music video for the Song "Are you an Alien?"  My concept was to create a "Googie Girl",  essentially designing an outrageously sexy galactic look for Soi Fabulous!  Music Video Directed by Neiver Alvarez

 
 
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Dave Cabrera- one of my best clients and one of the most influential hispanic guitar players in popular music backed by PRS Guitars.  Grammy award winning music producer and in demand musical director. Dave Cabrera has worked with a diverse range of international artists, musicians, vocalists, directors and entertainers such as Jennifer Lopez, Ricky Martin, Puff Daddy, Jaime King, Kenny Ortega, KC and the Sunshine Band, Soraya, Franco De Vita, Draco, Marc Anthony, Jon Secada, Leona Lewis, Back Street Boys, and more.  As a fashion stylist I have influenced David's image and created his signature fashion style on stage.


 
 
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Poster designed by Christopher Moramarco
In the words of Director Heidi Marshall: Creating live theater is both terrifying and exhilarating. The process is deep and meaningful and lasts forever in the cellular memory. The reward for the risk of an artist is not only creating a gorgeous product (congrats to my Viva Broadway team!) but, more importantly, when one has an inspired journey.

I received a unique invitation to participate in Viva Broadway as Wardrobe stylist for a cast of theatrical veterans and young rising stars. District Stage Company's Viva Broadway is the first event funded by a Knight Arts Challenge Grant awarded to the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center for an initiative called Bring It Home Miami aimed at reconnecting established artists to their home community.

With direction by Heidi Miami Marshall (yes, that’s the Broadway and film director’s real name) and musical direction by Alex Lacamoire, the show featured Tony Award winner Karen Olivo, Nina Lafarga, Jose-Luis Lopez, Eliseo Roman, Janet Dacal, Henry Gainza and Andy Señor Jr., with special guest Jon Secada. Woven into the fabric of an evening built around the theme of home are 14 Miami-Dade high school performers who won their roles through a New York-style audition.


Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/10/17/3694954/viva-broadway-brings-miami-talent.html#storylink=cpy

 
 
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Constructed from Burlap with Metallic coating
Washington D.C. — Born Free USA's annual fur-free fashion competition once again attracted a wide variety of designs from around the world, reflecting the continued belief by emerging design stars in the benefits of shunning fur, protecting animals and the environment, and embracing the green fashion movement. Winners of Born Free USA's 5th Annual fffashion Competition were announced  August 28th 2013, after a celebrity judging panel made their final decisions.

According to Adam Roberts, Executive Vice President of Born Free,  "Over the past five years our fur free fashion competition has been celebrating and encouraging those in the fashion industry to implement a fur-free work ethic and a commitment to the environment. We want to identify and celebrate emerging designers who believe in animal welfare and wildlife conservation and have no interest in perpetuating the cruel fur industry. We are impressed with these winning designs chosen by our generous panel of celebrity judges and hope for a future where these eco-conscious designers can influence the fashion industry against using fur."

Judges for the competition this year were award-winning television, film, and theater actress, Joanna Lumley; international design and couture legend, Elizabeth Emanuel, perhaps best known for creating Princess Diana's wedding gown; international top model and reality television star, Joanna Krupa; actress and television host, Katie Cleary; costume designer, fashion historian, and professor, David James Cole; and Hollywood fashion designer to the stars, Dalia MacPhee. The panel also includes Brita Belli, editor of E/The Environmental Magazine and Summer Rayne Oakes, eco-model, activist, and green living expert.


 
 
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Crucial impressions and assumptions are made based on our image and within seconds opinions are formed.  An effective image for an artist is a conduit to  garnering attention and using it as a tool to their advantage.

Behind every successful artist/entertainer there is most certainly a well tuned image consultant.  All artists of note have certainly profited  from the advice and skill of an image consultant or experienced fashion stylist.  I work closely with talent to create a unique image that best represents who they are as a artist or who they want to become.

The public is extremely judgmental to performers picking apart the slightest flaw. An image consultant teaches the things an artist needs to consider to succeed in a world where time is sparse, impressions count more than ever and a powerful image can make or break you.

Besides giving advice on flattering colors and silhouettes, image consultants can boost clients' confidence,  enhance persuasion skills and communication abilities.  With a strong put together image,  fine-tuned body language, social grace and networking tactics, clients feel better prepared in the ruthless entertainment business.

Image Consultants are a rich source of information including contacts to bespoke tailors, the best shoe makers for dancers,  sourcing the most slimming and seamless undergarments. From fashion and grooming to fitness and etiquette an image consultant will seamlessly pull together not only an effective wardrobe but offer cosmetic and fitness advise, as well as putting them in touch with leading hair and makeup artists. 

My services including all of the tools, skills, talent, experience and connections to create a powerful marketable image for a client.  A strategic visionary with proven track record of  industry image consulting services with A list talent.

Specialties: | Brand Building | Strategic Planning | Image Marketing | Costume Design | Wardrobe supervision | Artist Relations | Sponsorship/Endorsement Procurement | Entertainment Development/Production | Customized Promotion | Live Event Management | Insider Insight On Music/Entertainment Industry Market Trends | Media Strategy


 
 
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Jim Camacho Record release, Van Dyke Cafe Miami Beach
Friend and client Jim Camacho has been singing his songs and coming up with clever tunes for decades. Bred from a successful rock band produced by Tom Dowd, Jim has had a varied and distinguished career in the arts including recordings, concerts, theater, film, television, and radio. The recipient of numerous awards, most recently the New Times’ "Best Songwriter" and "Best Acoustic Performer,” Jim has contributed to the soundtracks of several films, including the Grammy nominated, “Tom Dowd & the Language of Music,” Paris Hilton’s “Pledge This,” and “Fatboy,” which was nominated at the Sundance Film Festival for “Best Use of Music in a Documentary.” His 90’s band, The Goods, released five albums including the rock opera 5 Steps to Getting Signed, which won “Album of the Year” at the Florida Jammy Awards. The single “I’m Not Average” from their critically acclaimed album MINT reached number 1 on the R&R charts in Florida and the band as also the subject of a documentary which aired on VH1. As a solo artist, Jim has released three albums thus far winning the Gold Remi in the Music Video category at the 40th Annual WorldFest-Houston International Film Festival for the video of “Houdini.” The concert version of his musical, Fools’ Paradise, was performed in Miami and New York and a full scale workshop directed & choreographed by Jonathan Cerullo was staged recently for producers and investors.  Additionally, he has toured extensively performing at Radio City Music Hall, the Kodak Theater, and the Mirage Hotel, and has taken part in recent tours by such national acts as John Legend and Alicia Keys.

 
 
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Burlap bodice with cowry shell detial.
Lately I have been researching more eco friendly materials and elevating their importance by incorporating them into high fashion designs. One of the most simple, oldest, inexpensive and eco friendly textiles that comes to my mind is Burlap. It is beige in color and has a large weave pattern, allowing burlap to have the ability to "breathe." Burlap is very strong and does not tear easily. It can withstand being exposed to water repeatedly and can be produced in many sizes and and widths according to need.

Burlap comes from the jute plant which was grown almost exclusively on the Indian sub-continent during the 1700s and right up through today. Though Burlap is though of as having a rough sac like textile and would be  thought of as undesirable in contemporary fashions. I have set out to reinvent burlap and give it some much needed positive fashion PR.  By experimenting with different finishes I have achieved new textures with the most readily available basic fabrics easing the coarseness and adding a fresh perspective. Burlap can also be dyed in many colors with a fiber reactive dye if the natural brown jute color is not to your liking. In the coming months I will be posting my results.

In 2010 I used basic brown burlap for the bodice of a 1790's costume I created for a fantasy character inspired by the Artwork of Edouard Duval Carrie.  I collaborated with Edouard while working on the South Dade Art and Cultural Center opening, in which the works of Edouard Duval Carrie and myself along with several local Miami artists were featured.



 
 
A new reality serious from TNT called "The Hero" has just started production in Panama to be aired this summer.  I worked with Stun Creative in January to produce promo stills and shorts.  Utilizing my wardrobe magic, I seamlessly made Dwayne's tops tear away layer by layer to reveal "Strength", "Courage" & "Temptation".

The Hero will bring nine ordinary people together in an unexpected and dramatic setting, then assign them various missions that will test their brains, their brawn and even their morality. The show will challenge the competitors to prove they've got what it takes to be heroes, pushing them to their limits to see what they are willing (and able) to overcome, undergo or sacrifice. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will serve as The Hero's mentor and motivator, encouraging the contestants to reach far beyond their personal limits. In the end, one player will rise above the others, overcoming obstacles he/she never thought possible for a chance to walk away with up to a million dollars.
 
 
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I had a ball working with this group for the 25th edition of Premios Lo Nuestro. Former Menudo allum Draco and Ricky Martin share the stage for the first time in many years.  Backed by all an star band lead by David Cabrera they performed a new song together Mas y Mas.  Again, always a special honor to work with this group.

 
 
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December 2012 
Livia Firth of Eco Age held an environmentally friendly competition open to designers from all over the globe to submit sketches of their ultimate dream eco dress. Although I did not win the overall competition it was nice to be mentioned for my efforts. My was design shared as a part of the final results-noted as one of the top favorite designs (top right corner). 
I submitted a sketch of my original design, a flamenco inspired dress constructed of organic cotton lace in natural white. I kept the patterning simple to showcase the beautiful lace and to minimize fabric waste in the cutting process. Straight cut gathered ruffles with raw natural edges  further conserve fabric and machine finishing. 
Congratulations to the other designers, the ideas and sketches were very at a very high standard.
See winner & favorite sketches


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