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
school, to attend FIDM. my major was fashion design. i am bi
and spend a lot of my time back and fourth to and from ny
alexandra: when did you decide/realize you wanted to become a
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?
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?
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
alexandra: what influences you the most when creating your
donna: a lot
of art definitely influences me. whether it’s a
photography. anything that can catch my eye and
inspire me is definitely
a big influence.
alexandra: how would you define your personal style?
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
day to day i’m wearing loose fitted harem pants, leggings, or
shorts with a light weight drape-y burnout t and some type
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
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!