Presenting Designer #5: Lionette

Photo courtesy of Lionette's Facebook Page

Jessica Armstrong of Lionette is a born and bred Calgarian. Designer by day and artist by night, she is also attends Alberta College of Art + Design as is in her graduating semester. 

Jessica has been designing women’s clothing since a very young age, creating her first garment with a needle and thread at the age of 11. Since then, she has sewn a variety of garments, including couture, costume and wearable art. 2013 marks Jessica’s 4th year as a designer in Calgary’s popular wearable art event, ArtaWEARness. In an effort to go back to her couture roots, Jessica studied under master garment maker, Pat Borecky for a term. After polishing her skills in 2011, Jessica started to deliver flawless executions under her couture label: Lionette. 

Jessica loves the silhouettes of the 1930’s women, inspired by a softer and flirtier silhouette that evolved from, but still influenced by, the vogue masculine lines of the 1920’s. In the Lionette label, the femininity of these lines is matched by a risqué yet delicate sheerness that brings out the feminine in a sexy yet classy attitude. Jessica’s garments are often inspired by her conceptual art practice including a recent evening wear collection that pays homage to the underlying sexuality and beasts in fairy tales like Red Riding Hood. In addition to several flirty chiffon day dresses, the bold and luxurious “Red” evening-wear collection will be shown on the runway for the first time at Fabricated Season 3.

FABRICATED is proud to include Lionette in this season's runway, showing Calgarians that couture fashion can be born and raised here. 

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