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IDRS 16 Files #6: Be Sophisticated with Designer Julie Danforth

Julie Danforth transforms classic moments into glamorous gowns.

By Amanda Raschkow September 20, 2016

For Julie Danforth, her dream as a child is becoming a reality. Her label Julie Danforth brings subtle sexiness to elegant designs. Expect to see dramatic formfitting gowns at the Independent Designer Runway Show on September 22.

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Designer Julie Danforth. Image via Olga Plastino


What inspires your designs?
I spend time thinking about my designs in my garden; the colors, flowers, shapes, and even raindrops all give inspiration to my gowns.

Who would you like to dress and why?
I would love to make some red carpet gowns, a few actors I think would be fun to meet are Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Alba, and Cate Blanchett.

How would you describe your label?
I design mostly evening gowns in classic styles that are usually one of a kind, and my favorite fabric to use is silk.

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Black Satin Gown. Model Vera Ruppel Image via John Martinotti 

Where is your studio and how does that environment help your design process?
My design studio is in Ravenna on 65th, it reminds me of when I lived in London, my creative escape without distractions.

What hobbies do you have outside of work?
I have a full time job and I design so time is limited. When I do have time, I go hiking and ski in the winter.

How long have you been a designer and what moment did you realize this is what you were meant to do?
I started designing when I was in high school, but I knew I wanted to design when I learned to sew at around seven years old.

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