> Emily Muller first debuted her line of women’s dresses and separates in September of 2010, after a history of making inspired clothing in diverse capacities. One of her earliest memories is cutting pieces out of her bedspread and curtains to make dresses for her dolls. Despite being reprimanded for the holes in the drapes, Muller’s passion for fashion design continued. Throughout her childhood, playing dress-up with a box of discarded curtains, and obsessively sketching opulent dresses were her favorite activities. When Muller was nine her mother taught her to use a sewing machine. Once armed with this skill, she taught herself to alter clothes in exciting ways, and to make unique garments for herself and friends.
> After earning Bachelor’s degree in fine art from Skidmore College, Muller turned her focus back to fashion when her sister asked her to make her wedding gown. Muller leapt at the opportunity to explore a higher level of clothing design and craft. She took on the task by pouring over instructional books and, with a great deal of trial and error, taught herself patterning and bridal couture techniques. As the pieces came together, she delighted in her sister’s reaction to the carefully constructed dress. The experience was so gratifying that it enticed her to find more clients looking for custom wedding gowns and help them envision their ideal design.
> At the time, Muller was pursuing a long time interest in architecture at the Boston Architecture College, but was increasingly realizing that what she enjoyed about it was also what she enjoyed about fashion design. Thinking in terms of aesthetics in functionality, and the challenge of transforming a two-dimensional image into a three-dimensional form had drawn her to both fields. It was also becoming clear at this point that the answer to the question “If you never had to work again, what would you do with your time?” was “Bury myself in fabric, and stay up all night creating new designs, new clothes.”
> So Muller enrolled in patterning and fashion sketching classes at the Boston School of Fashion Design, and got a job as a stitcher in the field of theatrical costuming, where she honed her technical skills. Meanwhile, time spent working in retail gave her insight into the market, exposure to customers’ preferences, the format for a balanced collection and the pace of the changing trends. With these experiences as a foundation, and with the support and encouragement of friends and family, Muller was able to launch her line.
> Her clothing often reveals her love for the aesthetics of the first half of the 20th century, evident in the natural texture of the fabric, rustic hardware, and vintage silhouettes. This hint of a story from long ago, together with utilitarian details and an often nature-inspired pallet is the culmination of her design process, which involves creating a narrative with a very adventurous character at its heart. Her goal is to bring art into“wearable” designs that seem to have a story, and to make pieces with a level of versatility that encourages self-expression. While she hopes to remain anchored in Boston’s South End, Muller is expanding the scope of her line to be able to reach a wider audience.