rosalba

OOAK Clothing with Vintage, Reclaimed & NewTextiles

Virginia, United States · 17 Sales

rosalba

OOAK Clothing with Vintage, Reclaimed & NewTextiles

Virginia, United States 17 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Rosalba Couture began when I was very young, drawing fashion designs and cutting into and reassembling of my own clothing to learn how different fabrics "behaved." There is a quote by Jean Muir, a British fashion designer, that perfectly sums up my relationship to my work: "I prefer to think of fashion as a verb."

I spent my years at university creating one-of-a-kind pieces and selling them through local shops. My technical skills increased as I experimented endlessly with everything from barbed wired to dried apples; my senior show was a satirical wearable journey through the most notorious female stereotypes.

At Rosalba Couture, I have designed for theater, dance performance, weddings, holidays, and created custom pieces for a wide variety of clients in an array of styles and tastes. Being able to provide someone with a personalized, artistic garment is infinitely satisfying to me. It also provides a challenge for me to grow in new ways each time.

I prefer to work spontaneously, with an eclectic mix of my favorite things:
*awesome fabric, preferably natural, organic, sustainable fibers when available
*funky vintage and antique things to repurpose
*making something wearable!!

All items are one-of-a-kind, intentionally handmade pieces of craft/clothing/art. ( I refuse to pick just one)
I thrive and survive on arts of all kinds and create with many different media, but especially with fabric. I hope you enjoy my work and are inspired to adorn yourself, your friends, any of the wonderful ladies in your life!


View and read more about my designs and custom bridal gowns:
www.rosalbacouture.com
On Facebook @ Rosalba Couture

Announcement
Last updated on Apr 14, 2016

Rosalba Couture began when I was very young, drawing fashion designs and cutting into and reassembling of my own clothing to learn how different fabrics "behaved." There is a quote by Jean Muir, a British fashion designer, that perfectly sums up my relationship to my work: "I prefer to think of fashion as a verb."

I spent my years at university creating one-of-a-kind pieces and selling them through local shops. My technical skills increased as I experimented endlessly with everything from barbed wired to dried apples; my senior show was a satirical wearable journey through the most notorious female stereotypes.

At Rosalba Couture, I have designed for theater, dance performance, weddings, holidays, and created custom pieces for a wide variety of clients in an array of styles and tastes. Being able to provide someone with a personalized, artistic garment is infinitely satisfying to me. It also provides a challenge for me to grow in new ways each time.

I prefer to work spontaneously, with an eclectic mix of my favorite things:
*awesome fabric, preferably natural, organic, sustainable fibers when available
*funky vintage and antique things to repurpose
*making something wearable!!

All items are one-of-a-kind, intentionally handmade pieces of craft/clothing/art. ( I refuse to pick just one)
I thrive and survive on arts of all kinds and create with many different media, but especially with fabric. I hope you enjoy my work and are inspired to adorn yourself, your friends, any of the wonderful ladies in your life!


View and read more about my designs and custom bridal gowns:
www.rosalbacouture.com
On Facebook @ Rosalba Couture

Rosalba Valentino

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Rosalba Valentino

Orchard Pearl Jacket
US$110.00
Painted and Beaded Black Silk Skirt
US$56.00
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zhan kasmira on May 1, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

wonderful design, love it. well done!really good product!thank you very much!

MEGHANNSHEPARD

MEGHANNSHEPARD on Mar 31, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Even better in person! The crochet sleeves are amazing. The few, tiny, perfectly placed beads and most-subtle sequins are a treat each time your eye comes across a small gathering of them. Measurements were exactly as given on Etsy-perfect fit. Fabric is a to-die-for print on cotton, lined with silk. OMG. so soft second skin! exquisitely rendered: hidden zipper, seamed to flatter, shows just the right amount of skin. I am usually scared to go fitted, but this top is changing my mind! Arrived on time, as described in photo and text. Excellent price, above-and-beyond quality.

MEGHANNSHEPARD

MEGHANNSHEPARD on Mar 31, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect shopping purse! Fits the essentials, zips securely, looks styly cross body with a variety of outfits and has "fashions past" print! Really like the ultra suede detailing on the strap and bottom. Arrived on time, as described. Good price, excellent quality. Fabulously fashionable.

MEGHANNSHEPARD

MEGHANNSHEPARD on Mar 31, 2014

5 out of 5 stars

Perfect size and shape so I can fit my purse stuff and a book, and still opens wide enough to see to the bottom. Thick, sturdy, quality textiles. Love the print, colors, materials that make it an art piece and also very fuctional. Custom "rosealba valentino" tagging is a cool touch, too.

Anonymous on Mar 9, 2012

5 out of 5 stars

Super beautiful I'll be back to shop for more pieces in the future. nThanks again I adore it. nYvette

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About

Dressing oneself is an art form. Said Uta Hagen: "We must overcome the notion that we must be regular. It robs you of your chance to be extraordinary"

Once out of university, I moved back to my hometown and rented a small upstairs studio at a local coffeshop, out of which I did alterations work and custom sewing for clients.

It was hard to get enough work because I live in a small town, but there is a great collection of artisans of all kinds here who are very supportive of each other and make an effort to keep a network that spreads the word, creates collaborative shows, etc.

It helped that almost no one does the kind of work I do--the custom clothing/bridal part--except in larger cities. I also continued to work part-time at a local independent fabric store where I honed my knowledge of fabrics, sewing machines, custom fitting. I also taught classes and was reminded of what a process designing and sewing is, and that all the steps are of equal importance for a successful project. The knowledge and skill are cumulative, but the simplest tasks are just as vital as the complex ones.

My work branched into bridal, which included brides, mothers of the brides/grooms, bridesmaids and flower girls. This area allowed me to work with the more elegant fabrics and employ some creative techniques with fabrics that everyday-wear doesn't. It was, and continues to be, challenging but very rewarding.

Along the road of 12 years in the business, I began to really delve into the world of fibers--where they come from, how they're made, what their best applications are. I became acutely aware of their impact on the environment during their growing process if a natural fiber, and on their production process if a synthetic. I grew up in an off-the-grid house in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and was raised with a true awareness of the value of our resources--what we are actually drawing from when we turn on a faucet or flip a light switch. With something like clothing, which we have so much of and use almost every hour of everyday, I felt the need to go in-depth with what fabric really is and our relationship to it.

My time at the fabric store had already made me into a fabric snob--I really can't stand most synthetic fibres and will always opt for the best quality cotton, hemp, silk, linen, or wool available. But all my research made me acutely aware that just having a natural fiber was only the first step as a consumer. How the fiber is produced and then processed is far more important in terms of its environmental footprint and its 'health' as something you are going to put on your body. I made the decision to begin adding organic fabrics into my business as much as possible.

In addition to working with organics, which carry the added benefit of often using domestic or fair-trade labor, I have always been an avid recycler. Almost all of my original couture pieces of clothing are made with a mix of vintage, recycled/found, and new elements. If I've done my work successfully, one doesn't know which parts are which unless they are intended to. This has resulted in my having a unique aesthetic to my work, and to the pieces themselves having a 'timeless' quality in that they are impossible to 'place' into a certain era. This is a real boon and a distinguishing feature in a time when 'fast fashion' is the predominant industry system. (That's a rant for another time).

My present goals are to create an organic line with vintage elements and take part in my first trade show to try to get a good wholesale base. I do love the uniqueness of doing one-off pieces and yet, there are few consumers that are knowledgeable and capable of paying the prices needed for that to be sustaining in today's economy. Fast fashion has ruinous consequences for a clothing artisan, but I have hope that, as with all things, an evolved consciousness about our goods, including clothing, is just on the horizon...so much globalization has made us more aware of the story behind things, and this is so important!-with awareness and education come better choices and practices.

The individuality and enjoyment of clothing becomes all the more rich when one is aware of the process, effort and artistry that went into its making. Like an aged wine or a vintage car, it should be appreciated, enjoyed for its quality and distinction. Artisans know that when something looks flawless and easy, it is because someone worked mightily to make it appear so.

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Shop policies

Last updated on April 14, 2016
Welcome to Rosalba Couture! If you have decided to purchase something, congratulations! You just got your hands on a one-of-a-kind-now-yours-to-flaunt-with-your-sassy-self piece of awesomeness! (Hey, be your own best ambassador, that's my philosophy :)...and THANK YOU!

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
Payment
I accept payments with Paypal or any major credit card or money order. Taxes are included in the price of items. I ask that you please pay within five days of your purchase so the transaction stays fresh in my head and on my agenda. If you do not pay within this time and have not contacted me with an explanation, the transaction will cancel and the item will be relisted.
Shipping
I will ship using US Post Ground service unless you specify Fed Ex or another alternative. Although it may take a day or two more, it keeps it cheaper for you. But if you NEED something ASAP, convo me and we'll make it happen.
Refunds and Exchanges
I try to give as much information in my descriptions as possible so that the item is true to its "bio" when you receive it. I will accept a return if an item was damaged in shipping or if you feel there is a significant gap between your impression of an item and its actuality. If this is this case, please contact me and return the item in the same week in which you received it, and I will issue a full refund. However, if you want to exchange something for the same item in another color, or for an item of equal value, I will only charge for shipping.
Additional policies and FAQs
Above all, I want you to purchase a Rosalba Couture design with ease and eager anticipation. I design and construct my work with integrity, attention to detail and creativity. I am exacting about my materials and processes. The same applies to my transactions with customers. Any questions, just ask. Any ideas for collaboration or wholesaling, let 'em rip. Because I work mainly on one-of-a-kind pieces, consignment is a wonderful way to get my work out, so please contact me if you have a boutique and want to show anything. Each person I link up with through Etsy is a potential friend and fellow artist who I'm excited to know!