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: http://issuu.com/elevatelifestyle/docs/elevatelifestylesept
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, www.annodominidesigns.com
Our studio phone number is (803) 450-0015
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