Rachelle Appelle

 

Rachel Carlson

952-484-3013

www.rachelleappelle.com


PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE


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.


EDUCATION


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.


PROFESSIONAL HONORS


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.