Renée’s forte is making fashion from unexpected materials. She has been making costumes and wearable art pieces since childhood. At age 13 she once made a Rose costume replica from the “Titanic” movie from scratch to wear for Halloween. People were so impressed, she had a hard time getting candy because they kept wanting photos with her. Renée is entirely self taught. She became more advanced in fashion construction while working for eight years as a top Lady Gaga impersonator, which required her to make and rhinestone her own costumes and accessories. Renée’s favorite designers include Rei Kawakubo, Irene Sharaff, Coco Chanel, Edith Head, Bob Mackie, Rudi Gernreich, Christian Siriano, Leigh Bowery, & Alexander McQueen.
I strive to make anyone wearing my pieces feel empowered, unique, glamorous and fabulous. The biggest inspirations in my designs include the Victorian era, WW2 clothing, old Hollywood and Broadway glamour.
In The News/ On Stage And Screen
Renée’s wearable art and costume designs have been seen on screen and on stages worldwide, including in productions for E! Network, DDMC TV (Netherlands), The NY Theatre Festival and more. The NY Times has noted Renée’s fashion creations twice. Her most acclaimed creations include a piano hat made from a real keyboard, a dress made from over 600 playing cards for the NYC Resort Worlds Casino opening and the “Metro Skirt” made from NYC Subway maps.