Project Runway’s Alison Kelly & Her New Line Dahl: The Little Mini Dress That Could!

Alison Kelly on where the name of her line ‘Dahl’ came from:

“It’s from my middle name, which is my Swedish grandmother’s maiden name, Dahlgren. She is no longer with us and she’d adore what I am doing now… I was such a tomboy when she was here. There are also no men left in our family, so I want the name to stay alive.

Alison had this to say about where the inspiration come from:

“I’ve been musing over later Victorian pieces lately. The Anglomania show at the Met was exceptional, right aside my aesthetic, expect romantic. Also look for Victorian pieces, a complimentary jewelry collection that has been designed by Rachel Leigh & myself, chains, bracelets & earrings that are made from mixed metals, crystals, etc. We took a romantic angle, using old keys, hearts with pins, tour eiffels, etc.”

And had this to say about her early designing days:

“My mother taught my sister and me to sew when were very young. We would design outfits for our cabbage patch dolls with complimenting outfits for ourselves. For each holiday or special occasion, my mother would let us choose the fabric to design our ensembles, so I acquired a very specific aesthetic and sense of comfort at styling at quite a young age.”

Well practice makes PERFECT!


Check out the first fabulous mini dresses to be released under Alison’s chic DAHL line:

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