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Sunday 25 August 2019
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The Designer Women in Business have been Waiting For: Merline Labissiere

Eye catching and on the edge of fashion are what comes to mind when we’re talking about Merline Labissiers designs, Born in Miami, Florida, Merline Labissiere‘designs fashions for the creative business woman. The young, Haitian-American designer graduated from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) with a bachelor’s degree in Fashion in 2011 and a background in Architecture. Although architecture brought her to SCAD, fashion was the fuel to her creative passion.

Her architectural background continues to inspire her designs and other avenues of art. From an early age, Merline fell in love with creative avenues when a sixth grade teacher introduced her to the craft of crochet. From there, the idea of creating something beautiful and functional from a basic material permeated throughout her life.



13124585_10153814142688229_1983795507869197503_nFinding inspiration in designers like Iris van Herpen, Merline pushes the limits of her fashion designs by exploring various mediums such as 3-D modeling to create wearable fashion from furniture designs. Merline says “I find inspiration in everything; from fashion installations, geometric shapes, and architecture silhouettes.

As a Project Runway Season 14th & top 5 contestant, Merline got the opportunity to design a winning look for Heidi Klum’s intimates line. This winning look has been manufacture and sold nationwide. Merline is currently working on her fashion label Merline Labissiere and her non-profit fashion camp that gives back to students in the inner city. Recently, she has given presentations on her journey in entrepreneurship and starting a non-profit to students and alumni at the SCAD Museum of Art. Merline’s passion is to combine fashion and architecture and show the world a new perspective.

Merline’s Fall 2016 collection is inspired by the shapes of the satellite view of the island of Haiti. These shapes are the representation of her architecture aesthetic which incorporates minimal lines and geometric shapes.


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