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A DAAP grad gained couture training in Paris and launched her design career in Cincinnati with a fashion-forward, refreshing take on the classic slip dress.

Designer Calle Evans in her classic silk slip dress.

Ready to pursue her dream of becoming a designer, Calle Evans graduated from the UC DAAP program armed with an arsenal of knowledge in high-end fashion and couture. Through an internship with Marchesa, a designer known for beautiful embroidery and fabrics, Evans learned about École Lesage, an embroidery school owned by Chanel located in Paris. “This is really where my love and passion for couture blossomed- there I earned my professional training certificate in Haute Couture embroidery,” says Evans. “Studying in Paris truly shaped my elevated eye as a designer.”

Lookbook photographs by Claudia Hershner (@claudiahershner), Model Abbey Bridges

Ignited by her experiences with Marchesa and École Lesage, Evans set forth to begin her brand. It took about a year for her to research and learn more about the business aspect of fashion and how labels are developed before her first collection was launched. “I think when you start a business at a young age you can be a little naïve, which can be an advantage. I still have such an energy and passion for constantly creating and learning. Being an emerging designer you are everything: I am the marketing, business, design, patterning, everything department,” says Evans.

Evans is a one woman wonder, and will meet you wherever requested. “I have always wanted to bring something special and exclusive to my clients. When I work with them one on one, it creates a lasting relationship because they are valuing the amount of time that goes into creating their piece,” says Evans. She collaborates with her clients to create the perfect custom, one of a kind, original design.

“I value the artisanal craftsmanship behind couture garments. Watching and realizing the hand work that goes into couture is such a beautiful thing. I hope that more and more people value keeping traditional craftsmanship alive,” says Evans. Inspiring her to create such intricate garments is her sense of wonder about red carpet couture, beautiful gowns in movies and traveling to magnificent destinations.

Lookbook photographs by Claudia Hershner (@claudiahershner), Model Abbey Bridges

She also finds inspiration within her clients. “I often think about the woman I design for and the places she’d go and events she would wear a CALLE EVANS piece to. Designing for this woman excites me and is an endless stream of inspiration,” says Evans.

The CALLE EVANS woman is a modern, yet sensual woman. She loves a fresh take on flattering silhouettes while remaining contemporary, with a bit of romance. The CALLE EVANS woman also values quality and attention to small details, which includes elevated beautiful pieces. “I believe all women should be able to embody their own seductive side,” she says, “while being a modern, strong female.”

One thing she cannot live without is her silk slip dress. The CALLE EVANS slip dress is cut on the bias, which means it has this way of falling beautifully on any body type and allows for a lot of movement. They are easy to dress up or down depending on the occasion and the silk fabric feels seductive and elegant against the skin.

See all of Evans’ collections here and follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.