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Remembering Susan Dell's PHI Collection

Susan Dell's PHI Collection Storefront in New York City

My first contact with the PHI couture house, which some compared to Jil Sander and Helmut Lang for its timeless fashion, came unknowingly. (The company wrote PHI in caps but pronounced it as "fee," for the Greek letter.) Another company in New York City for which I worked as an assistant patternmaker had been hit hard by the recession in 2007, and I had begun to apply for other jobs in preparation for change. An anonymous ad in Women's Wear Daily caught my eye because it specified couture work, and I emailed a resume and follow-up message to apply for the job as an assistant patternmaker.

How to Encourage a Fashion Designer

Abby of the Silk and Purple Christian blog

Abby recently requested that I add her Silk and Purple blog to the Fashion Belle blogroll, and after seeing the quality fashion, etiquette and recipe material she posts with the help of several other contributors, I was happy to do so. Abby also publishes an individual blog called La Vie est Belle (French for "Life is Beautiful") with even more photos of cute, modest outfits.


New Clothing Reviews

Lauren James Bridal Formal

Advertising as Utah's largest bridal and formal store with two locations in Orem and St. George, this company set up an online ordering...

The Perfect White Dress

This manufacturer of long-sleeved, ankle-length white dresses offers a few classic styles that may be used for casual weddings or any...

Tulle and Lace

Tulle and Lace is a modest formal gown rental shop in New York City that showcases its inventory on its Facebook page. Even if you live...

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