Rachelle Appelle


Rachel Carlson




Designer/Tailor and Owner: Rachelle Appelle www.rachelleappelle.com June 2006-present, Los Angeles, California

  • Design, drape, pattern, and sew custom ready-to-wear, costumes, corsetry, tailored suits and bridal under own label.

  • Work extensively in high-end leather, silks, Spandex, and wools.

Costume Fabricator: J & M Costumes, January 2011-present, North Hollywood, California

  • Make costumes for TV, Film, Commercials, and live performers

  • Work with tight deadlines with many different artists.

Costume Fabricator: Le Chef Costumier, June 2010-January 2011Glendale, California

  • Drape, pattern, and sew walk-about and ice skating costumes for Disneyworld, Disneyland, Disney On Ice, Royal Caribbean Cruises, and Universal Studios.

  • Work with foam, lycra, and stretch velvet.

Ballroom Dance Costumer: LeNique, March 2008-November 2009, Los Angeles, California

  • Drape, pattern, and sew one of a kind ballroom dance dresses.

  • Tailoring of mens’ custom ballroom dance suits.

  • Patternmaker for launch of company practice wear line.

Couture Costume Creator: LA Costumier, May 2009-October 2009, Beverly Hills, California

  • Collaboratively sketched and designed costumes following artist’s vision.

  • Worked with non-traditional materials such as metal, wood, leaves, rubber, and Luminex as well as fur, leather, snakeskin, and silk.

Couture Internship: Mart Visser Haute Couture, June 2008-August 2008, Amsterdam, Holland

  • Draped, patterned and sewed 4 looks for Mart Visser’s Winter 08/09 show following extensive haute couture standards.

First Patternmaker: Strategic Partners, November 2007-February 2008, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

  • Using Optitex, pattern following strict company standards and grade rules.

  • Attend fittings and production meetings with designers and merchandisers.

Couture Patternmaker: Randolph Duke Design Studio, June 2007-October 2007,Los Angeles, California

  • Patterned designer’s 74 look Spring Couture 2008 line for LA Fashion Week.

  • Cutting chiffons, laces, and designer silks.

  • Manage all fittings with test model and manage sewers’ and beaders’ workload.

  • Sourcing fabrics and trims to coincide with designer’s vision.   

    Clothing Design Teaching Specialist/Lab Instructor: University of Minnesota, September 2006-May 2007, St. Paul, Minnesota

  • Taught design, draping, pattern cutting, and construction.

  • Aided students in development of the program’s annual fashion show.

Tailor: Classic Tailors, September 2001-May 2007, Minneapolis, Minnesota

  • Custom tailoring and patternmaking.


Paris American Academy, 2004, Paris, France

  • Intensive workshop in couture sewing with Muriel Ivagnes of Nina Ricci and Madame Gres

  • Instruction in couture hat making with Prudence of Gucci and YSL

  • Classes in couture draping, fashion illustration, and textile design

Bachelor of Science, Clothing Design, 2004, Department of Design, Housing, and Apparel

University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota, U.S.A.


Commissioned Designer: April 2007

RetroRama Fashion Show, Minnesota History Center. Awarded $500 honorarium to create 1950’s inspired men’s suit for museum collection.

Honorable Mention: November 2006

Macy’s “Distinction in Design” Competition..

Best in Show/Excellence in Fashion Design: 2003

International Textile and Apparel Association juried fashion show. Awarded full tuition to Paris American Academy 2004 summer term.

Best Wearable Art: 2003

International Textile and Apparel Association juried fashion show. Awarded full professional package of Cameo fashion design software.