In honor of our Mastermind genius awards (we're accepting submissions until January 7), Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the whos and whys.67. Diane Brache
calls herself the "one lady sweatshop" behind Miss Brache
, an Etsy store selling custom-made rockabilly inspired clothing for all you Gil Elvgren
fans. A Miami native, the DIY designer has been making clothes since she could pick up a pin cushion and deck out her cousins with outfits made from Publix paper bags. She credits her artsy and skillful nature to her parents, which keeps her working day and night on her Etsy endeavor. Her store, Miss Brache, was a response to hearing the woes of some plus-sized friends who couldn't find clothes that would appropriately show off their curves.
Inspired by everyday women, Brache comments, "I want women to feel beautiful just the
way they are. A great fitting outfit is a good start." Miss Brache
offers sizes 0 to 24 in everything from high-waisted leopard swimsuits
to sultry polka dot dresses with sweetheart necklines all handmade to
order. Her design talents have led her to work as a freelance stylist
assistant and set seamstress for photo shoots with Arena Magazine,
J. Crew, and Macy's. Even model Miranda Kerr
has donned one of her
Brache's clothing makes you want to put your hair up in pin curls and
dance to The Cramps, her designs all have a modern, wearable sense to
them. Her reversible bridesmaid dresses with embroidered petticoats were
featured on Martha Stewart's wedding website for Etsy blog
editor-in-chief Vanessa Bertozzi's wedding. She even went DIY crazy and
designed her own wedding dress this past summer.
the style in Miami, Brache also has a thing or two to say about the
city and its constantly evolving fashion. "I love Miami and its style.
People like to get dressed up here and aren't afraid to push the
envelope," states the designer. Brache's custom clothing can be
purchased at her Etsy store.
1. List five things that inspire you.
-The smell of yeast proofing
2. What was your last big project?
Summer's wedding season was really crazy. I did seven weddings including my
own. That was about 14 reversible bridesmaid dresses, 26 regular
bridesmaid dresses, and two silk wedding gowns, along with all of my
regular orders. Somehow I managed to pull it all off in my one lady
sweatshop. I didn't do much swimming this past Summer because of it.
3. What's your next big project?
working on growing my business and writing a new business plan. I'm
scouting a location to open a showroom warehouse where I'd have my line
along with custom wedding fashion services. I would also like to feature
other local handmade artisan's work. I want it to be a place where you
can find rock-and-roll formal clothing that won't piss your grandma
4. Why do you do what you do?
I was meant to do it. At least I feel I was. Every woman is so unique.
They never really fall into a standard size anything. When I make a
custom-sized dress for a client of any shape and they send me a photo of
themselves along with a note about how happy and pretty they felt, I
know I'm doing what I was meant to do. I'm really blessed that I make a
living, albeit meager for now, doing what I truly love.
5. What's something you want Miami to know about you?
I want to dress you up in something made just for you, then I want to take you out dancing.
What's something you don't want Miami to know about you?
is interesting and probably gross. When I eat curry, my armpits will
smell like curry the next day. No joke, they will smell like a delicious
bowl of curry fried rice. You have to stick your head in there to
really smell it, but it's so there. The Creatives so far:68. Spencer Morin69. James Anthony70. Jim Drain71. Claudia Calle
72. Kevin Arrow
73. Andrew Hevia74.
Tarell Alvin McCraney80.
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