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Melissa Clark

My grandmother was a seamstress who made most of the clothing for her ten children, many grandchildren and others in her rural community of Alamo, Georgia. I still have a little white cape that she made for me when I was three or four. Upon her death I acquired her sewing machine, a Singer 401A from the 1970s, and began using it after graduating from the University of Georgia in 2006 where I had studied costume design and theater.

I moved to New Orleans, Louisiana, a city known internationally for it’s annual Mardi Gras celebration and parading culture. Armed with my grandmother’s machine and years of stockpiled vintage sewing patterns, I began sewing primarily for myself and doing costuming for local theatrical troupes.

I left the theater and began an intense and focused yoga practice and was consumed for many years in the wellness culture of modern yoga. Meditation, wellness and relaxation are an integral part of my design process.

I have always been fascinated by textiles and developed a love for fine silks. Silk is an incredible fiber - it possesses an aliveness that other fibers simply lack and it was through this textile that I began contemplating the design of lingerie.

Lingerie has always spoken to me in a way that other garments do not. I love the sensation of exquisite and supportive undergarments and the feeling of empowerment I have when wearing them. I’m a bit of a recluse, so I love wearing silk robes at home as meditation and relaxation, and as a way to feel dressed up when I don’t feel like going out.

With love,