Fashionistas and Then Some!

More amazing designers will be joining the throng at the Alternative Fashion Mob’s Finale on April 26th.  These three designers’ lines are very feminine but not run of the mill by any means.  I can’t wait to see what they produce for the upcoming finale…should be awesome!

Janus Koziuk: Glamazonjayne 


Janus Koziuk, Glamazonjayne (her alter ego!) and Alterations & Design,  attended last year’s events and was so blown away and inspired that she just HAD to participate this year. She and Kelli Martin worked together at Rag-O-Rama (longer ago than both of them would want to admit I am sure) and has followed her career ever since, supporting her whenever possible.

Roller Derby Bride

I wanted to participate in this year’s event because it seemed like the opportunity of a life time. I could not be more excited to share my own visions, and see the work of my fellow local designers.  

Kim Webb Photographer

She’s been obsessed with fashion since age 5 and began sewing professionally as soon as she could legally work. High fashion and avante garde are her game, specializing in:

Brides who are looking for something non-traditional for their special day. Musicians who want to stand out on stage. Drag queens and MC’s who have a particular look in mind, Professional dancers, (ballroom, salsa, or even exotic) who want to make a statement. Pageant participants who need something to set them apart from other contestants.

So, can you even imagine what she’ll come up with for the finale??


What fashion era would you like to be transported to?  I very much enjoy the formality of the early 1960’s; especially the men’s wear and I enjoy the volume of the dresses from the 1800’s. BUT if I had to choose one, it would be the 1920’s by a long shot. So much glamour and creativity. Oh and THE HATS!!

What is your fav fashion trend from the last 20 years?  Skinny jeans, love the skinny jeans. I also really appreciate the moving trend to wear color at your wedding. As an unconventional bridal designer, it is really good for business!

What is the most outrageous request for fashion that you have received? custom work?  I once made pasties and matching panties out of candy for a stripper. Skittles (for color), jolly ranchers (for shine), and gumdrops (for texture)

Who is your favorite designer?  I love Valentino, because I am a formal dress gal, but Jody Krevens really stood out for me last year and inspired me to think outside of my comfort zone. My fellow local designers are all so talented and inspirational, I don’t have to go far! Especially Kelli Martin. Her drive and effortless talent with dyes have always been a big motivation for me.

Musician, Steve Fox

Describe your fashion nightmare.  My fashion nightmare is looking like a middle aged Mom. Now, this is interesting, because I AM a middle aged mom, but the idea of dull cardigan twin set and khakis with a pair of Keds, makes me really sad and depressed! Nearly equally difficult to tolerate are the Ugg boots and Northface jackets that I see all over campus. Both of these looks scream conformity into the masses! Like, this is what normal people wear, and if you want to fit in and be normal, you better wear Ugg boots and Northface jackets until you reach 35, and then twin sets and khakis until you DIE!! IT”S NOT TRUE PEOPLE!! You can wear whatever the hell you want!! Even if it is not my own personal aesthetic, it is better than the default. Putting absolutely no thought into what you wear is my fashion nightmare.

 Contact info for readers:

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Betsy Stevenson: Elizabeth Ashleigh Designs

Photography by Staley Cook for Staley Design

Betsy Stevenson, the creative lady behind Elizabeth Ashleigh Designs, started in 2004 as an alterations and custom clothing business. and now continues to do alterations, but specializes in custom dressmaking and vintage restyling with a small ready to wear selection! WOOT!!

Betsy designs for the woman who appreciates a couture quality garment with style…wants to be fashionable but unique…wants to be a fashionista without seeing others in her look!

Photography by Staley Cook for Staley Designs

Betsy is inspired by everything in her world but lately, she’s been really inspired by her customers.  I want to bring them ready to wear at an affordable price, quality pieces in limited runs, with the option of personalizing details of each garment.  I believe that clothing should be as unique as it’s wearer!

Betsy has Bachelor’s degree from Ohio State University, majoring in textiles and clothing. but also studied at a fashion school in London, England for a semester during college and worked as an apprentice dressmaker during school.  She has also expanded her skills by attending several workshop series post grad, including pattern-making, draping and couture sewing.  

Matt Reese, Photographer


Give us the low-down on how you got involved with AFM  I participated last year, and had a blast!  I’ve been working with mobster Jefferey Steele for years now, collaborating for photo shoots, fashion shows, etc.  I met Kelli Martin on set for a photo shoot a few years ago.  These guys are always fun to work with and the creative energy when we all get together is insane!  Looking forward to an amazing show again this year and big things in the near future.

What’s up for you besides AFW Finale this spring?  I will be showing a 3 piece collection at DRAUMA!

 Have you shown anywhere else recently?  Showed a collection at PLITZ NY Fashion Week, Oct 2013

 What sets you apart from other designers?  I prefer to make clothing on a customized basis, a one-of-a-kind garment for an individual customer.  I’m a perfectionist and love to spend many hours on one detailed garment instead of cranking out lots of the same style.  I also prefer higher end materials…polyester and glue make me cringe!!!

Sen Bai, Photographer

Tell us a fun fact about designing.  I absolutely LOVE my job and can’t imagine doing anything else for a living!  I’m glad there are people here in Columbus who appreciate handmade clothing, and the creative community here is amazing and so supportive of each other

Matt Reese, Photographer

 What is your fashion nightmare?  Ill-fitting garments!  I hate seeing people out with pant hems dragging on the ground, or strapless dresses that are way too big in the bust.  I have to fight the urge to run up to them with my business card and say “Call me, I won’t let this happen to you again!”  A bit of tailoring can make even the thriftiest garment look like a million bucks.

 Who is your favorite designer from past eras (since you do lots of vintage)?  Coco Chanel-  I love her story, and her classic style!

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 Isolda Marie Meade: Isolda Couture

Isolda Couture, the brainchild of Isolda Marie Meade, was established September 2007 after Isolda graduated with a BA in Fashion Design from Marymount University in Arlington VA. As she explains:

 From 2003-2004, I attended various courses at FIT while I was working for Betsey Johnson as a Design Intern at her 7th Ave design firm and showroom in New York City.  Furthermore, I studied abroad and worked as a Freelance Designer during the summer of 2007 in London, England…where I began to shape the idea and logistics of launching Isolda Couture!  

 My experience since has included being an outsourced vendor for alterations for the Lane Bryant Flagship store and JCrew at Easton Town Center, working as a Technical Design Temp of Women’s Woven Tops/Dresses for Hollister and  Gilly Hicks at Abercrombie & Fitch Home Office in 2009, making handmade pillows using fabrics of interesting prints and color palettes for Swanky Abode along with various privately commissioned projects.

However, by day,she works as a Team Lead for JPMorgan Chase in Customer Claims, As intellectually stimulating as this day job is, she absolutely loves coming home to spend time with her family and to focus on creative Isolda Couture projects in her”spare time”!

Sometimes bright, sometimes dark, but always playful, a bit rebellious and alluring describe her pieces that are tastefully risqué and personalized to cater to her client’s wishes, including color choice, fabric selection, preferred length and proper fit to ensure it conforms to their curves in a flattering manner!

She discovered the Alternative Fashion Mob through her friend, Jody Krevens, who was involved in AFW last year. After attending the show last year, she was quite impressed with the professionally produced, large scale, runway show she witnessed.  ‘Sure, there’s always room for improvement …but let me assure you that lessons from last year will prove to make this year’s show AMAZING!  And needless to say, I reached out and got involved!’

Isolda Couture is gonna be uber involved in AFW this year!  Yippeee!! Isolda will be participating in:  Couture Cuisine and the events of AFW including DRAUMAMonday’s a DRAG and the Grande Finale Runway Show where she will be launching her FIRST EVER Lingerie Collection! 

Then in May, she will be working with Rachel Katz, AFW model and photographer, on a photo shoot for an editorial publication submission!  Very exciting!


Why fashion?  Barbie Dolls initially sparked my interest in design.  I made outfits of toilet tissue, tinfoil and tape! Haha… Gotta start somewhere I guess!

How do you integrate a day job with fashion design?  The experience I’ve gained at Chase over the past 3 years has really taught me how to run my own business in Isolda Couture. I’ve taken that knowledge I’ve gained about how to make good business decisions, stick to your guns when you have to and stay calm when you have to, stay organized in order to be efficient, prioritize my responsibilities to meet deadlines but be able to be flexible on the fly, show confidence even when I have no idea what I’m talking about and be resourceful enough to find the necessary information …and I apply those lessons towards developing the same successful work environment in my design studio.  It’s difficult because a lot of time and energy is invested into both, but the outcome is rewarding enough to me to be worth it!  Passion and persistence are KEY to being successful in the fashion industry!

Describe your design aesthetic.  My original aesthetic involves passion, creativity and uniqueness. Sometimes it’s bright, sometimes dark, but it’s always playful, a bit rebellious and alluring! Overall, my designs tend to consist of a blend in vintage, bohemian, and lingerie styled looks.  My garments are custom and made-to-order so they’ll always fit by conforming to your curves properly.

What is YOUR fashion mission?  My mission is to create beautiful, handmade, wearable garments for the modern fashionista with a playful, chic style.  She craves classic and contemporary couture looks with a twist that only Isolda Couture can uniquely provide!  It’s even better that the garment is custom made just for her and done on a personalized budget!

What/who is your fashion muse?  My inspiration comes from various sources including contemporary and generational pop culture (often times Gil Elvgren pinup girls, icons like Marilyn Monroe, Dita Von Teese and Adriana Lima, the lifestyle as exhibited in Mad Men, etc.), music (specifically Trip Hop, Brit Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz, Electronica and Industrial Dub Step), films, art, beat poetry (Allen Ginsberg is my favorite!), nature, my travels abroad and the fabric itself.

What is your “pet” project?  I plan to continue raising money for Pet Promise, a local non-profit pet rescue, by making made-to-order pet bow ties along with (optional) matching pin-back bowties and bow barrettes for their owners.  We fostered, and later adopted, our dog dog Sophie through them and the process was smooth and organized …so if you’re looking to foster and/or adopt a pet, I highly recommend going through them!

Contact information for readers:

Isolda Couture

P.O. Box 1743

Westerville, OH 43086

(Photo credit for floral garments is Billy Bradford.)







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