Monday, December 19, 2011

The Men's Wearhouse Holiday party is a huge event each year for the store employees, support staff, and everyone in the corporation. This year we were commissioned to create a formal silk couture gown for the party being held in the Bay Area of California. George Zimmer himself was in attendance, and our client was awesome and sent us this original photo (signed by George!)

Robyn and George Zimmer from Men's Wearhouse

Thanks Robyn! You look Amazing!

Friday, November 4, 2011


Crystal Gaulden for Anno Domini Designs - check out to view/order!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Simon Fashion Now - Design Wars

SouthPark Hosts Fashion, Fido and Fun with the Humane Society of Charlotte on October 21

Kicking off Simon Fashion Now at SouthPark is Trends & Friends Night on October 21, an evening of fashion, entertainment, cocktails -- and a good cause. As a special presentation at 6:30p.m., Simon Fashion Now Design Wars features a design challenge among Charlotte’s emerging fashion designers, pairing them with media models and adoptable dogs from the Humane Society of Charlotte.

Four designers will face off with fashionable looks for their celebrity models and couture canines. For additional fashionable philanthropy, shoppers can participate in a silent auction benefiting the Humane Society of Charlotte, a community resource committed to improving the lives of companion animals. Local designers, media models, adoptable pups from the Humane Society of Charlotte Through individual style consultations, the designers created inspired ensembles for their celebrity partners and pooches to showcase on the Simon Fashion Now® stage. Media model and designer partners:

• MODEL T. Strong, The Style Mayvin with DESIGNER Amanda Wagner, Amanda Wagner Designs
• MODEL Dayvee Sutton, NewsChannel 36 with DESIGNER Tara Davis, Flow by Tara Davis
• MODEL Heather Waliga, News 14 with DESIGNER Emily Kramer and Amanda Gaskins, Anno Domini Designs
• MODEL Tenikka Smith, WSOC with DESIGNER Miikelle Fowler, MiikelleDeFo

The final reveal of the collaborative designs takes place at the exclusive Design Wars show during Simon Fashion Now at SouthPark. Critiquing the design competition are well-known fashion judges Susu Bear of and Carolina Bride General Manager Amy Wiegand. Joey Hewell of Fox News Rising ups the fashion factor as stylish emcee. The Humane Society of Charlotte is a community resource committed to improving the lives of companion animals through adoption, spay/neuter and education. In 2010, they placed 2,030 dogs and cats in their new forever homes, an average of 39 per week. Their spay/neuter clinics (2 locations) performed 9,721 surgeries in 2010. They are committed to treating all animals that enter our shelter with love, kindness, and dignity.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Sneak Peek at Crystal Gaulden for Anno Domini Designs!

Crystal Gaulden has been hand making jewelry since childhood. Featured in boutiques in Charlotte, NC, she captures attention with her use of natural gemstones, top quality sterling silver hand wiring, and bold color. Having acquired amazing gemstones and interesting styles from across the globe, she creates art after our own heart... so we brought her on board!

The collection we're offering is to complement the Peacock collection. Many pieces were created to match perfectly! We hope you enjoy!

Coming very soon!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Interview with Elevate Lifestyle Magazine for CFW

This is a copy of our interview as it appeared in Elevate Lifestyle Magazine in September for the Charlotte Fashion Week issue.  It can also be viewed on their website here:

Anno Domini Designs - Emily Kramer and Amanda Gaskins

How did you get started?

Like all great road trips surprises are bound to happen. In 2008 our road trip to Chicago led to meeting a t-shirt designer whose interest was piqued by the intricate designs of our period pieces. At the time we were making and designing high end period garments for reenactments and renaissance festivals. That got us thinking that we could incorporate aspects of period fashion into modern clothing. From there the ideas flowed easily, and we had opportunities to show our few designs at several shows in Chicago, with positive feedback. Since we both live in the Carolinas, and believe there is a growing fashion audience in Charlotte, and it is our current focus to be a part of that here.

What is your fashion philosophy?

Walk softly upon the earth, but wear your best feathers.

How has your journey as a fashion designer progressed in the last few years?

The past few years have been filled with learning experiences for us. We’ve tried to involve ourselves with as much of the fashion industry and as many events as we can. We’ve learned what not to stress over and what kind of look we prefer. There’s so much we’ve learned about our ourselves and how we see our company evolving in the future.

What type of individual would wear your brand?

Our customer is the kind that takes the red carpet wherever she goes. She’s energetic, she’s fun, and she has a flair for the dramatic!

Tell us the story about your collection.

The Peacock Collection is about being undeniably recognizable, much like a peacock. We base all of our designs on the simple fact that drama is an essential part of what fashion is at it’s core.

Which piece from your collection represents your design abilities?

Each piece in our collection is part of a whole body of work that weaves the story of our design process into a collective piece of art. To say that one piece represents all our design abilities would be underestimating each piece, of which all display our skills and talent as designers.

What is the next step for you in the fashion industry?

To conquer the world.

How can we stay in contact with you?

We have several public outlets for our friends to connect with us. Our emails are
Our website,
Our studio phone number is (803) 450-0015

What is your website address?

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Next Show: SouthPark Mall

When: October 21st 6:30pm
Where: South Park Mall, Charlotte, NC. Center Court
Who: Heather Waliga News 14 and Anno Domini team up for Design Wars - to benefit the Humane Society. We're dressing up an adoptable dog for the runway!

Saturday, September 24, 2011

We WON!!!

After some furious texting in to vote, your voice was heard, and combined with the judge's votes, the results are in, and WE WON!!!

So now we're Charlotte Fashion Week's best Emerging Designer. Wooooo!

THANK YOU to everyone who voted, supported, modeled, styled hair, makeup, took photos, flew in from Chicago to help, called, emailed, liked, poked, and believed in us. You rock, and we could not have done this without you.

Here's a pic of the award we received:

Here's a few shots from the show!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Charlotte Fashion Week is coming!!!

Come out and see the show!  We've entered the emerging designer category and there's a People's Choice vote on Sept 22nd!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Playing around...

Here are a few shots of some things we've been playing around with in the studio lately...

Hand painted peacock feathers! We added this as an option to our Peacock Feather Gown, making it easier to travel with, and also clean.

A wedding dress! Inspired by our Moonstone gown, and commissioned by a friend, we're going to go ahead and add this one to our collection as soon as we have it ready!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Charlotte Fashion Week

Join us at Charlotte Fashion Week! September 19-24. Our designs will be featured on Thursday the 22nd! Click the link above and grab your ticket today! Don't forget to vote for us at the show!

Monday, May 30, 2011

Tee Sale!

ALL tees are now $21 off the regular retail price!

Enjoy the amazing feel of organic cotton for less today!

Sale ends June 4th

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Men's MMXI Signature Tee Now Available!!

If your favorite tee shirt went missing...

To replace it would be... daunting. Could there really be a replacement?

So when researching Tshirts, I asked the friends around me - What makes your favorite tee your favorite tee?

The answer came quickly. It's soft. It's not too heavy on hot summer days, shows off the bod a bit, and it's held up through the drama of life.

So, this is our contribution to this epic quest for a favorite tee. Give it a chance, and you won't be disappointed!

100% Organic cotton - Printed in USA

Crew neck in organic black with masculine charcoal gray oversized Anno Domini logo splashed on it.
Our model Kris loved it so much he took it home. Look for the video from the shoot soon!

Sunday, May 1, 2011


Check it out! We finally have created it - the most amazing tee ever. In 2 colors, 2 styles, and 2 very great ways to look good this summer! Go get yours now!  :)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

STAND UP!! Charlotte Fashion show & benefit.

None of us truly know the amount of suffering the people in Japan are enduring right now after the disasters. The Affinity Girls are putting their big hearts into raising money for Japan, joined up with the Red Cross and Anno Domini Designs. We hope you will be there on Friday, April 29th for STAND UP CHARLOTTE at Jet Ultra Lounge. A fashion show with the Affinity Girls who will be shooting for their new national reality show! Party for a CAUSE.

Be there early to avoid lines!

-There will be a meet and greet at 6 PM with the Affinity Girls: Lang, Tina Marie, Lee, Pren, Des and Debi!
-The fashion show will start at 7pm. The show will include local clothing lines: Anno Domini and Tiamany Exclusive.
-Catered by Cuisine Malaya.
-Charlotte Seen will be in the building for the red carpet!
-Photographers and filmographers will be shooting all night, so dress to impress.

There will be a cover charge of $20, which includes entrance, food by Cuisine Malaysia, show seating, photos, and your donation to this great benefit.

DON'T FORGET TO RSVP and be a part of this event to benefit the humanitarian efforts in Japan. See you there!

====>Call Tina Marie for VIP 7026138370,====

Jet Ultralounge
1202 Charlottetowne Ave.Charlotte, 28204

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Moonstone Gown - Now in purple silk!

For those who live by the words:

"When in doubt - Twirl.." this twirl-able silk Moonstone Gown. So flowy and comfortable. It makes the very breeze look good.

With just the right embellishment, too. Real actual moonstones, Swarovski© crystals, and pearly bits and sparkley sequins. As if the gown wasn't eye catching enough.

To top it off, it's available in three colors. Aqua, purple, and white. (White as special order only at this time - let us know if it's for your wedding!)

silk chiffon. real gemstones, fun glittery accents. Goddess-ness provided by you.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Backstage Pass Earrings!

Backstage Pass Earrings are now available at! Just go into the Shop and click Accessories. There are 5 colors available and FREE shipping!

The stage lights hit the crowd.  A sparkle made him notice the girl dancing fluidly in the front row. He bent down from his stance to signal her with a wide, wily smile.  He stretched out his hand and pulled her close enough to obtain what he wanted...

"I'll give it back... later."

He resumed his task singing wildly in the dark club. Brandishing his hot '64 vintage fender and his brand new pick.

...and thats how she ended up backstage.

Made from annodized aluminum, these guitar pick earrings are lightweight (and recyclable!) to keep you rocking them all night long.

Friday, March 4, 2011

A sneak peek!

CIAA is this weekend here in Charlotte, and we wouldn't be left behind! So sporting a few of our fashions are members of Levelhead Nightlife and Strictly Biz Entertainment. We're hoping to get some great photos to show you soon!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

And The Winner Is.....

COY NOBLES of Rock Hill, SC!!!!

With 48 votes in, he blew away his competition by making sure every man woman and child clicked "like" under his photo. We asked him about his drive to win, and he said he did it for the love of chocolate-covered strawberries. Hey, that is OK in my book! Congrats Coy, on the great win!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Model Photo Search 2011!

1 gift box of luxurious chocolate covered strawberries from Mosaic Desserts. ($29.95 value)
AND 1 Anno Domini Designer Tshirt ($80 value)
AND 1 Modeling photo shoot on location in the Charlotte, NC area (includes makeup artist and experienced model for coaching on site, digital images of your shoot, and full rights to them, and a feature presentation on, future potential for fashion shoots for Anno Domini Designs Fashion, exposure to our audiences in Charlotte and Chicago fashion arenas.)

1. One entry per person
2. One person per photo
3. Please only enter yourself or a dependent. Entering for someone else (unless a dependent) will not be allowed, as permissions and things like that become difficult territory.
3. Does not have to be a "Professional" shot, any nice photo will do.
4. Please nothing raunchy, overly revealing, or nude. This is a family company, we like things to stay tasteful.
5. Any human may enter. All ages are welcome!

Enter today! Anyone may enter themselves by uploading a modeling photo to the Anno Domini Designs Facebook page wall along with your name and location. Voting will not begin until February 7th.

Voting will be tallied by "Like" votes per photo on and after February 7th until February 17th.


PLEASE NOTE: Any "Like" votes BEFORE February 7th will not be counted. Voting will end at midnight on February 16th. Winner will be announced on February 17th.



To enter on Facebook, please click here: Anno Domini Facebook Page