Friday, April 20, 2012


this week i had the incredible opportunity to interview [via e
mail] the queen of the cut out dress, ms. donna mizani.  i am a
huge fan of her designs [i wore one of her signature dresses for
my twenty-first], and now i am a huge fan of her personality!
donna is confident, focused, and sweet. take a look:

alexandra: tell me about yourself: how old are you? where are you
originally from? what is your educational background? where do
you live now?

donna: i'm 26 years old, and i currently live in la. i grew up on
the east coast and moved out here in 2004, right after high
school, to attend FIDM. my major was fashion design. i am bi
coastal and spend a lot of my time back and fourth to and from ny
and la.

alexandra: when did you decide/realize you wanted to become a
fashion designer?

donna: it was never really deciding, it was more of being born to
want this. before i was even capable of dressing myself, my mom
would catch me sneaking into her closet putting on her heels,
dresses and admiring her fashion taste. so, as i got older
clothing was always the only way that i was capable of expressing
myself, so why not make a career out of it? 

alexandra: how long does it generally take to design a clothing
item? what about an entire line?

donna: when it comes down to designing a new season, i usually
lock myself in my office for days at a time. i blast music and i
just get into the zone. it won't end until i am fully satisfied
with what i have come up with. i'm constantly inspired, designing
and coming up with new styles everyday. sometimes i can come up
with multiple styles in one day.

alexandra: who are some of your favorite designers?

donna: too many good ones out there to call one my favorite...
definitely anyone who falls in the risk-taker category. fashion
is all about taking risks and having confidence. creativity helps
too :)

alexandra: what influences you the most when creating your

donna: a lot of art definitely influences me. whether it's a
painting or photography. anything that can catch my eye and
inspire me is definitely a big influence.

alexandra: how would you define your personal style?

donna: depending on where i'm going, my personal style would be
defined as cool and casual with a splash of edge... i love
dressing up, and love dressing down.
day to day i'm wearing loose fitted harem pants, leggings, or
jean shorts with a light weight drape-y burnout t and some type
of fitted jacket/blazer. i'm obsessed with button down shirts!! i
think i own a button down shirt in every color. i also love
dressing up; obviously i am known for my dresses! my go-to going
out look will always be a little black dress designed by yours

alexandra: how would you define the style your line exemplifies?

donna: the style that my line exemplifies would be sophisticated
yet sexy mixed with a flirty sensibility. i'm definitely known
for putting the cut out dress on the map, but what i think is so
great about my line is that it offers so much more and caters to
so many different types of women with different kinds of style.

alexandra: three words that describe you as a designer:

donna: risk-taker, confident, ambitious

my donna mizani dress
my favorite dress*

thank you, donna for your time and your artistic contributions to
this world.  keep doin' what you do!

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