Rachelle Appelle


    Rachel Carlson designer for Rachelle Appelle

Raised a farm girl in a small Midwest town, Rachel always felt she was misplaced at birth.  She is a mix of French and Germany ancestry giving her a stylish aesthetic with a hardworking demeanor.  At the age of  7, her summer was spent in front of an old Singer sewing machine learning how to sew from her mother's friend.  She took to sewing like a dog to a bone and her first creation (a purple flower print jumpsuit) was worn proudly almost every day.  Finding her creative voice early on at the age of 11, she was often spotted donning eccentric fashions she created herself from old table cloths, men's ties, and spliced vintage clothes which set her apart in her conservative home town.  

Her professional career began at the age of 21 when she started work under a master tailor while going to college for fashion design as well as two consecutive internships for a wearable artist/fabric dyer and couture tailor/designer.  After graduating with a Bachelor's of Science in clothing design, she was awarded two honors at the 2004 International Textile and Apparel Association juried student fashion show: Best in Show/Excellence in Fashion Design and Best Wearable Art for her hand tailored suit with hand dyed feathers.  She was awarded free tuition to the Paris American Academy, Paris, France summer program where she studied couture sewing, design, patternmaking, and draping.  All the while she was perfecting her craft of hand tailoring, corsetry and couture level design through fashion shows and custom client commissions.  After 7 years working under a master tailor, she has extensive knowledge in professional menswear. 

At 26, the ocean beckoned and Rachel answered by packing up her truck with her sewing machines and mannequins and driving 4 days across the country to call Los Angeles, CA her new home.   Since moving to LA, she has worked as a couture patternmaker for Randolph Duke, a couture ballroom dance costume creator for Lenique,  a walkabout costume creator for Le Chef Costumier and a costume fabricator for J & M Costumers.  Fulfilling one of her lifetime goals of working in a couture house, in the summer of 2007 Rachel interned at the couture salon of Mart Visser in Amsterdam, Netherlands where she created from start to finish four completely hand sewn couture gowns for his Winter 2007/2008 fashion show. 

Rachel has gained many custom clients for her men's and her women's fashion and for her costumes because her quality, style, and fit are impeccable.  She is available for all types of commissions and is always especially excited and honored to have the opportunity to create artistic wedding attire as tuxes, corsets, and gowns are her favorite things to design and create.   

Moments of love from Allison and Matt's wedding in Iceland.